If you're into Virtual Machines for whatever reason at all there's a big chance you've been using Virtualbox and are quite happy with it. I was the same until I saw this YouTube video by ChrisTitusTech. This post will be mostly based off of his excellent tutorial but tailored towards the Arch Linux users.
Check if virtualization is enabled in BIOS
egrep -c '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo
If this command returns a number greater than
0 it should be enabled.
If the output is zero however, you should enable
VT-x (Virtualization Technology Extension) for Intel processor or
AMD-V for AMD processors in your bios.
Installing the requirements
sudo pacman -S ebtables dnsmasq qemu libvirt virt-manager
Start the service
sudo systemctl enable --now libvirtd.service
Start Default Network for Networking
sudo virsh net-start default sudo virsh net-autostart default
sudo virsh net-list --all
Add user permissions
sudo gpasswd -a $USER libvirt
After a quick reboot you should be all set and good to go!
Shared folder between host and guest
Create a folder to share with your vm guest. For example something like
Configure your folder in
virtmanager by pressing
Add Hardware in the virtual machine settings and selecting
Filesystem in the seleciton menu. Here you should configure the following:
From here on it's as simple as creating a folder to mount your share into and to do the actual binding:
mkdir /home/$USER/shared mount -t 9p -o trans-virtio /hostshare /home/$USER/shared
There you have it, you can now share files between your host and guest easily in realtime.