[ovs-discuss] OVS on VirtualBox?

Justin Pettit jpettit at nicira.com
Sun Mar 28 02:06:44 UTC 2010

Hi, Guilherme.  I have not personally run OVS with VirtualBox, but we've had reports that it works with Linux as the host.  Doing a quick pass through their documentation, it appears that you should be able to make it work simply by running OVS with bridge compatibility.  This is documented in INSTALL.bridge in the distribution.  You can also browse the documentation here:


If you run into any problems, feel free to send questions to this list.  If you get it working, we'd love to hear about that, too!


On Mar 27, 2010, at 6:43 PM, Guilherme Fernandes wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm interested in creating a virtual dev environment with several pcs and a manageable (virtual) switch with VLAN support. I already use VirtualBox for some of the machines, so I would like to add OVS into the mix.
> I've seen a few pages mentioning OVS supports open source VirtualBox, but I can find no documentation at all about it. Is the mentioned support being that it can be used as a drop-in for VirtualBox's vswitch? If so, is this accomplished by just installing OVS on the Linux host where VirtualBox will run? Can someone elaborate a little on how they integrate?
> Thanks a lot in advance,
> Guilherme
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