virt-convert man page

virt-convert — convert ovf/vmx to native libvirt guests

Synopsis

virt-convert INPUT.vmx|INPUT.ovf|INPUT-DIR|INPUT.zip [Options]

Description

virt-convert is a command line tool for converting VMX of OVF virtual machines to native libvirt XML. Disk format conversion can also be done at the same time.

The simplest invocation is simply: virt-convert INPUT. INPUT might be a .vmx or .ovf file, a directory containing a .vmx or .ovf file (and likely 1 or more disk images), or an appliance archive like .zip, .tar.gz, or .ova. virt-convert will try to do the right thing in each case.

By default, the virt-convert will convert all encountered disk images to 'raw' format, sending the output to a new directory location. So the original disk images are _not_ altered in place.

Options

--connect URI
Connect to a non-default hypervisor. See virt-install(1) for details

Conversion Options

-i INPUT-FORMAT
--input-format INPUT-FORMAT
Input format. This should be auto-detected, but can be forced if necessary. Currently "vmx" and "ovf" are supported.
-D OUTPUT-FORMAT
--disk-format OUTPUT-FORMAT
Output disk format. The default is 'raw', so any encountered disk images will be converted to 'raw' format using qemu-img(1). Pass "none" if no conversion should be performed: in this case the images will just be copied to the specified --destination.
--destination DIRECTORY
The directory to send converted/copied disk images. If not specified, the hypervisor default is used, typically /var/lib/libvirt/images.

Miscellaneous Options

--noautoconsole
Don't automatically try to connect to the guest console. The default behaviour is to launch virt-viewer(1) to display the graphical console, or to run the "virsh" "console" command to display the text console. Use of this parameter will disable this behaviour.
--print-xml
Print the generated libvirt XML, but do not perform any disk conversions or install/start the guest. This option implies --dry-run.
--dry-run
Proceed through the conversion process, but don't convert disks or actually write any converted files.
-h
--help
Show the help message and exit
--version
Show program's version number and exit
-q
--quiet
Avoid verbose output.
-d
--debug
Print debugging information

Examples

Run a fedora18 OVA archive:

# virt-convert fedora18.ova

Run an extracted zip archive containing a centos6 .vmx and .vmdk file, converting the images to qcow2 format

# virt-convert centos6/ --disk-format qcow2

Convert the specified .vmx file. Any references disk images must be in the same directory. Don't change the disk format. Move the disk images to /tmp

# virt-convert foo.vmx --disk-format none --destination /tmp

Bugs

Please see http://virt-manager.org/page/BugReporti…

See Also

virt-install(1), the project website "http://virt-manager.org"

Info

2016-11-06 1.4.0 Virtual Machine Manager