libvirt-guests - Man Page

suspend/resume running libvirt guests


libvirt-guests COMMAND


libvirt-guests is a service that can be used to coordinate guest and host lifecycle actions. By default, libvirt-guests will suspend running guests when the host shuts down, and restore them to their pre-shutdown state when the host reboots.

libvirt-guests is typically under control of systemd. When libvirt-guests.service is enabled, systemd will call libvirt-guests with the start COMMAND when the host boots. Conversely, systemd will call libvirt-guests with the stop COMMAND when the host shuts down.

libvirt-guests can be used directly. In addition to the start and stop COMMANDs, it also supports status, restart, condrestart, try-restart, reload, force-reload, gueststatus, and shutdown COMMANDs.


libvirt-guests defines several variables to control service behavior. The default value of these variables can be overridden in:

The following variables are supported:


Please report all bugs you discover.  This should be done via either:

  1. the mailing list

  2. the bug tracker

Alternatively, you may report bugs to your software distributor / vendor.


Please refer to the AUTHORS file distributed with libvirt.


libvirt-guests is distributed under the terms of the GNU LGPL v2.1+. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE

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Virtualization Support