When I open virt-manager GUI it doesn't show list of KVMs but virsh does. how can fix it?

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Check the output of virsh uri. If it returns qemu:///session, but you're using a qemu:///system connection in Virt-Manager, you found the cause.

In order to fix it, you should either create a "QEMU/KVM user session" connection in virt-manager, or run virsh define ~/.config/libvirt/qemu/<filename>.xml as root. This will create the xml definition under /etc/libvirt/qemu which will then be picked up by virt-manager.

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    To add "QEMU/KVM user session" in virt-manager, click File > Add Connection..., under "Hypervisor" select "QEMU/KVM user session", check "Autoconnect", and click "Connect". Jan 16, 2020 at 17:56

If you see a connection for localhost (QEMU) listed, double click it.

If you don't see any connections listed, go to File > Add Connection, leave all the defaults set as they are, then click Add.

  • I see localhost (QEMU), but double clicking only brings the details windows. I need to see VMs. Thanks
    – Zim3r
    Aug 17, 2012 at 8:06
  • So it shows as Connected but you have no virtual machines listed? This would have been useful to know in the beginning. Aug 17, 2012 at 8:12
  • Yes it's connected, and I have 5 VMs running but it doesn't show them, Thanks
    – Zim3r
    Aug 17, 2012 at 8:15
  • some help please.
    – Zim3r
    Aug 17, 2012 at 8:39
  • I can connect to virt-manager remotely and it works fine but locally there is problem
    – Zim3r
    Aug 17, 2012 at 11:51

Another issue could be causing this is that you are using the terminal by user different than the one being used by virtmanager, for example, if your virt manager is using root and you are using your machine's terminal with user admin without sudo, you will get different result, most probably empty list since the system never used your another user for VMs.


Try restarting you Machine. and see what's the result.


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