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The libvirt virtualization API python binding

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This package provides a module that permits applications written in the Python 3.x programming language to call the interface supplied by the libvirt library, to manage the virtualization capabilities of recent versions of Linux (and other OSes). As such, the module exposes Python bindings to to the, and library APIs.

It is written to build against any version of libvirt that is 0.9.11 or newer.

This code is distributed under the terms of the LGPL version 2 or later.


To build the libvirt python binary requires the GCC and pkg-config tools, and development headers for the libvirt and python libraries.

Building and installing

The module can be built by following the normal python module build process

$ python3 -m build

for testing and distributing purposes or it can be installed directly via pip as

$ python3 -m pip install .

without explicit building.

In order to test the package, you’ll need either tox or at least pytest, depending on whether you want to test an already installed package in which case the latter is sufficient or if you wish to test in a virtual environment you’d need tox. Depending on your preferred setup, you can run the tests either as

$ python3 -m pytest

or as

$ tox

A makefile shim is also provided for your convenience, so that you don’t have to care about the exact operations mentioned above and instead you simply do

$ make && make check

As of libvirt 1.2.6, it is possible to develop against an uninstalled libvirt.git checkout, by setting PKG_CONFIG_PATH and LD_LIBRARY_PATH environment variables to point into that libvirt tree; you can even automate this by using libvirt’s run script:

/path/to/libvirt/run python3 -m build

Patches for this code should be submitted as merge requests to the project page on gitlab. See CONTRIBUTING.rst for more information.

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