Setup Qemu in Debian Linux

This is guide on setting up QEMU in Debian Linux.

Check Virtualization Extension

Run this command to make sure you’ve enabled virtualization in on your computer. It should be above 0

titus@debian:~$  egrep -c '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo

If the output is zero then go to bios settings and enable VT-x (Virtualization Technology Extension) for Intel processor and AMD-V for AMD processor.

Install QEMU and Virtual Machine Manager

titus@debian:~$ sudo apt install qemu-kvm libvirt-clients libvirt-daemon-system bridge-utils virtinst libvirt-daemon virt-manager -y

Verify that Libvirtd service is started

titus@debian:~$ sudo systemctl status libvirtd.service


Start Default Network for Networking

VIRSH is a command to directly interact with our VMs from terminal. We use it to list networks, vm-status and various other tools when we need to make tweaks. Here is how we start the default and make it auto-start after reboot.

titus@debian:~$ sudo virsh net-start default
Network default started
titus@debian:~$ sudo virsh net-autostart default
Network default marked as autostarted

Check status with:

titus@debian:~$ sudo virsh net-list --all
 Name      State      Autostart   Persistent
 default   active       yes          yes

Add User to libvirt to Allow Access to VMs

titus@debian:~$ sudo adduser titus libvirt
titus@debian:~$ sudo adduser titus libvirt-qemu

Reboot and you are Finished!

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