Adoption of GLib APIs

Libvirt has adopted use of the GLib library. Due to libvirt's long history of development, there are many APIs in libvirt, for which GLib provides an alternative solution. The general rule to follow is that the standard GLib solution will be preferred over historical libvirt APIs. Existing code will be ported over to use GLib APIs over time, but new code should use the GLib APIs straight away where possible.

The following is a list of libvirt APIs that should no longer be used in new code, and their suggested GLib replacements:

Memory allocation


Prefer the GLib APIs g_new0/g_renew/ g_free in most cases. There should rarely be a need to use g_malloc/g_realloc. NEVER MIX use of the classic libvirt memory allocation APIs and GLib APIs within a single method. Keep the style consistent, converting existing code to GLib style in a separate, prior commit.

Array operations


Instead of using plain C arrays, it is preferrable to use one of the GLib types, GArray, GPtrArray or GByteArray. These all use a struct to track the array memory and size together and efficiently resize.

String arrays

virStringList*, virStringListCount*

Prefer the NULL-terminated variant instead of storing the count separately. Prefer g_str*v functions instead of their vir* counterparts. For use with g_auto GLib provides the GStrv type.



Prefer GObject instead.