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ZeroVM is a simple virtual machine. ZeroVM can run (and isolate) 64-bit x86 applications in a 32-bit address space. ZeroVM works under Linux x86_64. For more information check out


Everything has been tested on Ubuntu 10.04 and Ubuntu 12.04. No issues with VMWare Player. VirtualBox doesn't support SSE4.1, which is used by several of the provided samples.

Installing ZeroVM

From Ubuntu packages:

Packages for ZeroVM are available for Ubuntu 12.04. Choose from the following PPAs.

Latest: Stable:

Installing from Latest:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zerovm-ci/zerovm-latest
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zerovm-zmq

Installing from Stable:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zerovm-ci/zerovm-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install zerovm-zmq


To install ZeroVM build environment see the toolchain installation guide.

Proceeed only after checking the link above.

Eclipse CDT installation

  1. If your system doesn't have JRE, install a recent JRE.
  2. Download Eclipse CDT from the Eclipse download site. No installation necessary, just unpack and run executable.
  3. Download and install EGit plugin for Eclipse
  4. Point EGit to git:// and pull the most recent ZeroVM sources.
  5. Select 'create C/C++ project from makefile" to create a new Eclipse project.
  6. Run the makefile to build the project and run unit tests.

If everything is ok you will see output of the unit tests. Now if you've got RUN OK PASSED messages, you have successfully compiled ZeroVM for your platform! You'll find the zerovm executable in the project root directory.

Running ZeroVM and samples

$ cd ~/zerovm
$ ./zerovm
ZeroVM tag1 lightweight VM manager, build 2013-10-08
Usage: <manifest> [-l#] [-v#] [-T#] [-stFPQ]

 -l <gigabytes> file size limit (default 4Gb)
 -s skip validation
 -t <0..2> report to stdout/log/fast (default 0)
 -v <0..3> log verbosity (default 0)
 -F quit right before starting user session
 -P disable channels space preallocation
 -Q disable platform qualification
 -T enable time/call tracing

You should see a usage message similar to the one above. If not check out the troubleshooting section below.

Some samples can be found in the tests/functional/ directory. More can be found in the zerovm/zrt project.


error: expected specifier-qualifier-list before ‘AES_KEY’

Solution: missing libssl-dev library. Check the system prerequisites.

/usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lvalidator
collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status
make: *** [zerovm] Error 1

Solution: Install the validator by following the toolchain installation instructions.