KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is a hardware virtualization hypervisor, primarily for x86-based processor architecture. KVM allows one to run on a single physical host multiple virtual machines (VMs) with unmodified guest operating systems such as Linux, BSD and Windows. Each VM is assigned its own private virtualized hardware for CPU, memory, network adapter, hard disk, etc. The kernel module for KVM is integrated in the Linux kernel 2.6.20 and higher. KVM requires processor support for hardware virtualization, such as Intel VT or AMD-V. KVM is used in conjunction with libvirt-based front ends such as virt-manager, virsh to create and manage VMs.

  • Website: http://www.linux-kvm.org/
  • Platform: Linux, FreeBSD
  • License: GNU GPL v2 (KVM kernel module), GNU LGPL v2 (KVM user module)
  • Documentation: http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Documents
  • Source repository: git
  • Community: mailing list
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