A simple GNOME 3 application to access remote or virtual systems. It is based on a design from Jon McCann and Jakub Steiner.


  • View, access, and use:
    • remote machines
    • remote virtual machines
    • local virtual machines
    • When technology permits, set up access for applications on local virtual machines
  • View, access, and use virtual machines on removable media
  • View, access, and use shared connection / machines
  • Share connections?
  • Upload / publish virtual machines
  • Select favorites
  • Search for connections

Getting in Touch

Development Resources


While virt-manager does a very good job as a virtual machine management software, its very much tailored for system administration and virtual machines. Boxes on the other hand is targeted towards typical desktop end-user who either just want a very safe and easy way to try out new operating systems or new (potentially unstable) versions of her/his favorite operating system(s), or need to connect to a remote machine (home-office connection being a typical use-case). For this reason, Boxes will not provide many of the advanced options to tweak virtual machines provided by virt-manager. Instead Boxes will focus on getting things working out of the box with very little input from user.

That said, Boxes will be sharing a lot of code-base with virt-manager project, mainly in the form of libvirt, libosinfo (not yet used by virt-manager) and qemu.


  • Build-time:
    • libvirt-glib
    • qemu
    • libosinfo
    • gudev
    • vala (not if building from release tarballs)
    • gtk+
    • clutter-gtk
  • Run-time:
    • shared-mime-info

User counter

If you use Boxes, we would appreciate it if you could bump-up our user counter by simply clicking on "I USE THIS" button at our openhub page.

Apps/Boxes (last edited 2016-03-24 14:38:49 by ZeeshanAli)