The QEMU Guest Agent is an essential component for communication between the host and QEMU-based virtual machines (VMs).

The QEMU Guest Agent is a crucial component for improving performance and management in QEMU-based virtual machines. In this guide, we will explain how to install the QEMU Guest Agent on a VPS.


  • a VPS

  • an OnetSolutions account


Installing Dependencies

Before installing the QEMU Guest Agent, ensure that your system has the necessary dependencies. Run the following command to install the required packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install qemu-guest-agent

Configuring the QEMU Guest Agent

Once the QEMU Guest Agent is installed, you can proceed with its configuration. Open the agent's configuration file using your preferred text editor:

sudo nano /etc/qemu/qemu-guest-agent.conf

In this file, you can customize various parameters according to your needs. For example, you can enable or disable specific agent features by adjusting the appropriate values.

Make sure to save the file after making your modifications.

Starting the QEMU Guest Agent

After installing and configuring the QEMU Guest Agent, you can start it using the following command:

sudo systemctl start qemu-guest-agent

To ensure that the agent starts automatically on every VM reboot, you can enable the service with the following command:

sudo systemctl enable qemu-guest-agent

Verifying QEMU Guest Agent Status

To check if the QEMU Guest Agent is running and functioning correctly, you can use the following command:

sudo systemctl status qemu-guest-agent

If the agent is active and functioning, you should see a message indicating that the service is running.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed and configured the QEMU Guest Agent on your VPS. The QEMU Guest Agent will enhance the performance and management capabilities of your VM. Feel free to consult the official QEMU Guest Agent documentation for more information on additional features and configuration options.

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