# Arch sudo pacman -S spice-vdagent # Debian sudo apt install spice-vdagent # Fedora sudo yum install spice-vdagent
- Windows: Install the spice-guest-tools. (On the guest obviously )
Auto resize VM resolution with window resize:
- First make sure that the
spice-vdagentis installed on the host from the previous step.
- And then navigate to View > Scale Display and check the “Auto resize VM with window” option:
A NOTE FOR LINUX GUESTS RUNNING XFCE
On Linux guests running XFCE, it does not work automatically, you have to run the following command every time you resize the window:
xrandr --output Virtual-1 --auto
Read more here.
You can add a launcher to the XFCE panel that executes this command.
But even better than that, I wrote the following quick and dirty script and added it to autostart, it makes it behave like the Windows VM:
#!/bin/bash while true; do xrandr --output Virtual-1 --auto sleep 1 done
Another way that may be suggested is
crontab can’t run a command at less than 1 minute intervals. You can use
watch by running the following command:
watch -n 1 xrandr --output Virtual-1 --auto
But I found it difficult to background the process, so I just stuck with my script, especially since it takes up hardly any extra resources.
On your host machine (Manjaro/Linux):
Create a folder to share with.
Open virt-manger, select the virtual machine you want to share a folder with and click open:
Click on the info tab, and then click on add hardware:
Select filesystem, and fill in the fields.
Driver: Keep this as
- Source Path: This is the path to the folder you want to share on your host.
Target path: Now this is misleading. It’s not a path, rather it’s the name the share will be given on the guest machine.
- Driver: Keep this as
After you have filled the fields, click on the finish button.
This is all you have to do on your host.
On the guest:
- Create a folder to have the share mapped to.
- Open the terminal in the guest machine, and type:
sudo mount -t virtiofs sharename path/on/guest
- To make it permanent add the following entry to the
sharename path/on/guest virtiofs defaults 0 0
- That’s it! Good old Linux!!
I know, I know, this is the Manjaro Linux forum. However, most people use virtual machines to run Windows so I thought I should add this to the guide, especially since it’s not that straight forward.
virtio-winpackage from the AUR on your Host (
yay -S virtio-win).
Navigate to the info tab again and click on “Add Hardware”
Select the storage option, click on “Select or create custom storage”,
Change “Device type:” and then click on “Manage”.
Click on “Browse Local” and select
Select “virtio-win.iso” and click on “Choose Volume”.
Or, if you prefer the manual way, download the virtio driver on the Windows machine and mount it there.
Download WinFSP and install it (on the guest).
Open the device manager:
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Right click on the “Mass Storage Controller” and select “Update driver”, Choose “Browse my computer for drivers” and select the mounted ISO.
After the drivers are installed, navigate to the viofs folder in the mounted ISO and copy the correct folder according to your Windows version (“w10” for Windows 10):
Copy it to a location on the C: drive such as
Open a command line and type:
sc.exe create VirtioFsSvc binpath="path\to\virtiofs.exe" DisplayName="Virtio FS Service" sc.exe start VirtioFsSvc
- Now the shared folders should show up as mounted drives in the file explorer.
NOTE: An issue that I can’t seem to solve is that only the first share is shown, i.e if I create more than one share, only the first defined one shows up.