Run Cloud Virtual Machines Securely and Efficiently

Cloud Hypervisor is an open source Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) implemented in Rust that focuses on running modern, cloud workloads, with minimal hardware emulation.

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Secure 🔒

Minimal emulated devices and implemented in Rust to avoid many common security issues

Fast ⚡️

Boot to userspace in less than 100ms with direct kernel boot

🪟 & 🐧

Supports running modern Linux and Windows guests

Kata Containers

Supported by Kata Containers for running secure containerised workloads

Powerful REST API

Programmatically control the lifecyle of the VM using an HTTP API


Minimal memory overhead for dense deployments

Cross platform

Runs on both x86-64 and aarch64

Broad device support

Support for wide range of paravirtualised devices and physical device passthrough

Live migration

Migrate VMs from one host to another without interruption

Get Involved:

Cloud Hypervisor is governed openly as part of the Linux Foundation and supported by multiple organisations:

  • Alibaba
  • AMD
  • ARM
  • ByteDance
  • Intel
  • Microsoft
  • Tencent Cloud

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Check out and participate in our roadmap on GitHub

For full details of our governance model please see our community repository on GitHub and our founding charter.

For bug reports please use GitHub isssues; for broader community discussions please use our mailing list

Latest news from Cloud Hypervisor project:

Cloud Hypervisor v28.0 Released!

Posted November 17, 2022 by Cloud Hypervisor Team ‐ 2 min read

This release has been tracked in our new roadmap project as iteration v28.0.

Community Engagement (Reminder)

Just a reminder that we have a new mailing list to support broader community discussions. Please consider subscribing. We plan to use this to announce a regular meeting for those interested in talking about Cloud Hypervisor development.

Long Term Support (LTS) Release

This is the first version of Cloud Hypervisor to be released under the LTS release process. Point releases for bug fixes will be made for the next 18 months; live migration and live upgrade will be supported between the point releases of the LTS.

Virtualised TPM Support

Support for adding an emulated CRB TPM has been added. This has it’s own TPM documentation.

Transparent Huge Page Support

By default, but controllable through --memory thp=off if it possible to back the guest memory with Transparent Huge Pages (no file backing/shared=off) then this will be used resulting in improved boot performance.

README Quick Start Improved

The README has been refreshed with the quick start guide updated to reflect the different firmware options and to recommend the use of pre-built binaries.

Notable Bug Fixes

  • Inappropriate Copy-on-Write of pinned pages (e.g. VFIO) leading to higher memory consumption (#4835)
  • Multiple virtio device bug fixes found through fuzzing (#4859, #4799)
  • Large QCOW files (> 4TiB) are now supported (#4767)
  • Support for > 31 vCPUS on aarch64 (#4863)
  • Multiple fixes to OpenAPI specification file (#4720, #4811)
  • Programming of the MSI-X table has been optimised leading to faster boot on newer Linux kernels (#4744)
  • Error on reboot from race to close TAP devices (#4871)
  • Non-spec compliant virtio-block read-only support (#4888)


The following functionality has been removed:

  • Support for non-PVH firmware booting has been removed (#4511)
  • I/O ports used for older versions of firmware have been removed (#3926)
  • Deprecated API options for kernel/cmdline/initramfs have been removed (#4737)


Many thanks to everyone who has contributed to our release:


See the GitHub Release for the release assets.