virsh console

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virsh console YOUR_MACHINE Connect the virtual serial console for the guest


Connection examples[edit]

Connecting using VM name:

virsh console MACHINE_NAME
Connected to domain MACHINE_NAME
Escape character is ^]
error: operation failed: Active console session exists for this domain

Connecting using VM id. You can obtain it with virsh list

virsh console 3

Error when no argument is provided:

virsh console
error: command 'console' requires <domain> option

Enable serial console[edit]

You need to enable serial console in your VM machine.[1]

1) Enable serial console on VM_MACHINE:

2) Connect to VM:

Configure KVM server[edit]

virsh edit VM_NAME
<serial type='pty'>
 <source path='/dev/pts/0'/>
 <target type='isa-serial' port='0'>
   <model name='isa-serial'/>
 <alias name='serial0'/>
<console type='pty' tty='/dev/pts/0'>
 <source path='/dev/pts/0'/>
 <target type='serial' port='0'/>
 <alias name='serial0'/>


Quit console[edit]

Use CTRL + 5 to exit the console.[2]

Kill old console[edit]

ps -ef | grep console
kill -9 {PID}


See also[edit]

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