D-Bus API bindings


libvirt-dbus wraps libvirt API to provide a high-level object-oriented API better suited for dbus-based applications.

GIT source repository

The D-Bus bindings source code is maintained in a git repository available on libvirt.org:

git clone https://libvirt.org/git/libvirt-dbus.git

They can also be browsed online:



libvirt-dbus exports libvirt API using D-Bus objects with methods and properties described by interfaces. Currently only local connection to libvirt is exported and the list of supported drivers depends on the type of the bus connection (session or system).

The name of the libvirt-dbus service is org.libvirt. libvirt-dbus distributes an interface XML descriptions which can be usually found at /usr/share/dbus-1/interfaces/.

By default unprivileged user has access only to the session D-Bus connection. In order to allow specific user "foo" to access the system D-Bus connection you need to create a file /etc/dbus-1/system.d/org.libvirt.conf that contains:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE busconfig PUBLIC "-//freedesktop//DTD D-BUS Bus Configuration 1.0//EN"


  <policy user="foo">
    <allow send_destination="org.libvirt"/>


To get a list of supported drivers for the specific bus connection you can run these commands (not all drivers may be available on the host):

gdbus introspect --xml --session --dest org.libvirt --object-path /org/libvirt
gdbus introspect --xml --system --dest org.libvirt --object-path /org/libvirt

Every object is introspectable so you can get a list of available interfaces with methods, signals and properties running this command:

gdbus introspect --xml --system --dest org.libvirt --object-path /org/libvirt/QEMU

To get a list of domains for specific connection driver you can run this command:

gdbus call --system --dest org.libvirt --object-path /org/libvirt/QEMU \
    --method org.libvirt.Connect.ListDomains 0