Linux kvm exit from a virsh console command


installed KVM on Ubuntu server as described here. However, I am unable to get out of a ‘virsh console domain’ command. How can I exit from a “virsh console” connection over ssh based session?


You can use ‘virsh console vm’ to connect the virtual serial console for the guest machine. The syntax is:

virsh console domain

virsh console vmNameHere

virsh console –domain vmNameHere –safe

To exit a virsh console from a shell prompt:

Open a shell prompt or login using ssh.

Login to a host server called server1.

Use the virsh console command to log in to a running VM called ‘centos7’ type: virsh console centos7

To exit a virsh console session, type CTRL+Shift followed by ].

How to exit a “virsh console”?

The keyboard shortcuts are as follows if you are using English keyboard i.e. Escape character is ^]:



Fig.01: Use special keyboard shortcuts to exit from a virsh console

More on virsh-console options

Type the following command:

$ virsh help console


Sample outputs:


console – connect to the guest console



console <domain> [–devname <string>] [–force] [–safe]



Connect the virtual serial console for the guest



[–domain] <string>  domain name, id or uuid

–devname <string>  character device name

–force          force console connection (disconnect already connected sessions)

–safe           only connect if safe console handling is supported



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