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| [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

       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

       -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.

       --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

           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

           Print the generated libvirt XML, but do not perform any disk
           conversions or install/start the guest. This option implies

           Proceed through the conversion process, but don't convert disks or
           actually write any converted files.

           Show the help message and exit

           Show program's version number and exit

           Avoid verbose output.

           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

       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 "".  There
       is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

       virt-install(1), the project website ""

1.5.1                             2018-06-27                   VIRT-CONVERT(1)

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