QEMU/QEMU front-ends

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The QEMU front-ends is a user interface application to the QEMU/libvirt API/library.

Front-ends

To make life easier, there are multiple but user-friendly front-end tools to handle the QEMU.

To continue reading on about creating/managing guest OSes, click on the link of that name under the Name column.

CLI

The only robust command line interface (CLI) choice for QEMU is virsh command, provided by the ‘’’app-emulation/libvirt’’’ core library/package.

Name

(Gentoo link)

Package Homepage Description
guestfish none https://libguestfs.org/ tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine disk images
virt-clone app-emulation/virt-manager https://virt-manager.org/ Duplicate a virtual machine, changing all the unique host side configuration like MAC address, name, etc.
virt-lightning none https://github.com/virt-lightning/virt-lightning spawn cloud instances using libvirt
qemu-init none https://github.com/mm1ke/qemu-init a pretty comprehensive qemu-system-(arch) front-end start/stop/snapshot for command line uses.
GUI
Name

(Gentoo link)

Package Homepage Description
AQEMU app-emulation/aqemu https://sourceforge.net/projects/aqemu/ Graphical interface for QEMU and KVM emulators, using Qt5.
GNOME Boxes gnome-extra/gnome-boxes https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Boxes GNOME App to manage virtual and remote machines.
libvirt app-emulation/libvirt https://www.libvirt.org/ C toolkit to manipulate virtual machines.
QtEmu https://gitlab.com/qtemu/gui Qt-based front-end for QEMU.
qt-virt-manager

qt-remote-viewer

https://f1ash.github.io/qt-virt-manager/ A graphical user interface for libvirt written in Qt5.
virt-manager

virt-viewer

app-emulation/virt-manager https://virt-manager.org A graphical tool for administering virtual machines.

The most common GUI choice for host platform is the virt-manager.

See also

  • Virtualization — the concept and technique that permits running software in an environment separate from a computer operating system.
  • QEMU — a generic, open source hardware emulator and virtualization suite.
  • Libvirt — a virtualization management toolkit.
  • Libvirt/QEMU_networking — details the setup of Gentoo networking by Libvirt for use by guest containers and QEMU-based virtual machines.
  • Libvirt/QEMU_guest — covers libvirt and its creation of a virtual machine (VM) for use under the soft-emulation mode QEMU hypervisor Type-2, notably using virsh command.
  • QEMU/Linux guest — describes the setup of a Gentoo Linux guest in QEMU using Gentoo bootable media.

External resources