libvirt vs KubeVirt: What are the differences?
What is libvirt? An open-source virtualization API. It is an open-source API, daemon and management tool for managing platform virtualization. It can be used to manage KVM, Xen, VMware ESXi, QEMU and other virtualization technologies.
What is KubeVirt? Virtual Machine Management on Kubernetes. It addresses the needs of development teams that have adopted or want to adopt Kubernetes but possess existing Virtual Machine-based workloads that cannot be easily containerized. More specifically, the technology provides a unified development platform where developers can build, modify, and deploy applications residing in both Application Containers as well as Virtual Machines in a common, shared environment.
libvirt and KubeVirt can be categorized as "Virtual Machine Management" tools.
Some of the features offered by libvirt are:
- Manage virtualization platforms
- Accessible from C, Python, Perl, Java and more
- Supports KVM, QEMU, Xen, Virtuozzo, VMWare ESX, LXC, BHyve and more
On the other hand, KubeVirt provides the following key features:
- Open Source
- Kubernetes Compatible
- Windows and Linux VMs
KubeVirt is an open source tool with 1.86K GitHub stars and 422 GitHub forks. Here's a link to KubeVirt's open source repository on GitHub.