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 consist 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.

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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:

[ ~]# lscpu | grep Virtualization
Virtualization:      VT-x
Virtualization type: full

In CentOS 8, virtualization components including KVM and QEMU hypervisors are bundled in virt 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 desktop GUI of your centos you can install virtual manager. To install follow 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

Congratulation’s! 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 to check the official KVM website.

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