About virtual-machine-manager tools:

virt-install is a command line tool which provides an easy way to provision operating systems into virtual machines.

virt-viewer is a lightweight UI interface for interacting with the graphical display of virtualized guest OS. It can display VNC or SPICE, and uses libvirt to lookup the graphical connection details.

virt-clone is a command line tool for cloning existing inactive guests. It copies the disk images, and defines a config with new name, UUID and MAC address pointing to the copied disks.

virt-xml is a command line tool for easily editing libvirt domain XML using virt-install’s command line options.

virt-convert is a command line tool for converting OVF and VMX VM configurations to run with libvirt.


sudo pacman -S virt-manager libvirt qemu

for advanced settings with qemu you may want to install one or more of the following extra packages:

Most needed will be ovmf support to boot efi/uefi enabled virtual machine:

 sudo pacman -S edk2-ovmf

Start and enable needed systemd service:

sudo systemctl enable --now libvirtd.service

Now you will be able to start virt-install and setup your virtual system.

Tips and Tricks:

If Network is disabled after rebooting the host machine and you do not find a way to enable it, you can have it enabled per default from command line:

sudo virsh net-autostart default
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