macOS support

Libvirt works both as client (for most drivers) and server (for the QEMU driver) on macOS.

Since 8.1.0, the "hvf" domain type can be used to run hardware-accelerated VMs on macOS via Hypervisor.framework. QEMU version 2.12 or newer is needed for this to work.


libvirt client (virsh), server (libvirtd) and development headers can be installed from Homebrew:

brew install libvirt

Running libvirtd locally

The server can be started manually:

$ libvirtd

or on system boot:

$ brew services start libvirt

Once started, you can use virsh as you would on Linux.