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VIRT-CONVERT(1) Virtual Machine Manager VIRT-CONVERT(1)
 

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

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

virt-convert is a command line tool for converting VMX or 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.

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

-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.

--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

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

Please see https://virt-manager.org/page/BugReporting

Copyright (C) Red Hat, Inc, and various contributors. This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License "https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html". There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

virt-install(1), the project website "https://virt-manager.org"
2019-01-02 2.0.0

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