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A set of homebrew formulae to install virt-manager and virt-viewer on Mac OSX.


brew tap jeffreywildman/homebrew-virt-manager
brew install virt-manager virt-viewer
virt-manager -c test:///default


Why can't I connect to a remote URI?

When connecting to remote URIs, you probably need to override the libvirt socket location, see

virt-manager -c 'qemu+ssh://user@libvirthost/system?socket=/var/run/libvirt/libvirt-sock'
virt-viewer -c 'qemu+ssh://user@libvirthost/system?socket=/var/run/libvirt/libvirt-sock'

I still can't connect to a remote URI, why?

This formula for virt-manager does not include the openssh-askpass dependency and does not prompt for passwords in a popup window. Here are two workarounds:

  1. Run virt-manager with either the --debug or --no-fork option to get password prompt via the CLI.

  2. Set up SSH keys between your local and remote system to avoid the prompt.

Why can't I connect to a local URI (e.g., qemu:///system)?

I've not yet tested virt-manager against any local URIs/hypervisors. If you get virt-manager working with a local hypervisor and needed to take any special steps, feel free to share the details.

Everything was working yesterday, but it's not working today, can you help?

If virt-manager or its dependencies have been upgraded recently (brew upgrade), it's possible that a reinstall may fix the issue (see #39).


A set of homebrew formulae to install virt-manager and virt-viewer on MAC OSX



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