Sachin Patil


Free Software developer & Emacser

Enable Kernel virtualization on Intel/AMD arch

Published on Aug 23, 2012 by Sachin.

Enable Kernel-based Virtual Machine on your system.

To check if the hardware supports Virtualizaton Technology(VT), open the terminal and type

egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo

If you can see a output, means your hardware supports VT.

Next step is to load kernel modules(Irrespective of your processor type)

1: sudo modprobe kvm_intel
2: sudo modprobe kvm


In above command

  • vmx (Virtual Machine eXtension) - denotes Intel processor
  • svm (Secure Virtual Machine) - denotes AMD processor