How To Install KVM on CentOS 8

Install KVM on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install KVM on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) is the virtualization solution for Linux. It consists of a loadable kernel module that allows the Linux Kernel to work as a Hypervisor. KVM provides hardware-assisted virtualization for a wide variety of guest operating systems.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of KVM on a CentOS 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install KVM on CentOS 8

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing KVM on CentOS 8.

Now we check if your system supports hardware virtualization. To do so, run the following command:

[root@idroot.us ~]# lscpu | grep Virtualization
Virtualization:      VT-x
Virtualization type: full

In CentOS 8, virtualization components including KVM and QEMU hypervisors are bundled in virt the module. Therefore, it is really simple now to configure a KVM virtualization host in CentOS 8:

sudo dnf install virt-top libguestfs-tools

Enable and start the service as per below:

sudo systemctl enable --now libvirtd

If you are using the desktop GUI of your centos you can install virtual manager. To install follow the command below:

sudo dnf install virt-manager

Step 3. Create Virtual Machines.

You can open the Virtual Machine Manager by typing the same in Dash Home. Click the icon, it will open the application.

Install KVM on CentOS 8

Install KVM on CentOS 8

Congratulations! You have successfully installed KVM. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing KVM in CentOS 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official KVM website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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