Install Ravada



Ravada has been successfully tested only on Ubuntu 16.10 and 17.04. It should also work in recent RedHat based systems. Follow this guide if you prefer Debian Jessie.


It depends on the number and type of virtual machines. For common scenarios are server memory, storage and network bandwidth the most critical requirements.


RAM is the main issue. Multiply the number of concurrent workstations by the amount of memory each one requires and that is the total RAM the server must have.


The faster the disks, the better. Ravada uses incremental files for the disks images, so clones won’t require many space.

Install Ravada


We provide deb Ubuntu packages. Download it from the UPC ETSETB repository. Download and install them:

$ wget
$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i libmojolicious-plugin-renderfile-perl_0.10-1_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i ravada_0.2.8.1_all.deb

The last command will show a warning about missing dependencies. Install them running:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get -f install

Development Release

Read Development Release if you want to develop Ravada or install a bleeding edge, non-packaged, release.

Mysql Database

MySQL server


MySql required minimum version 5.6

It is required a MySQL server, it can be installed in another host or in the same one as the ravada package.

$ sudo apt-get install mysql-server

MySQL user

Create a database named “ravada”. in this stage the system wants you to identify a password for your sql.

$ mysqladmin -u root -p create ravada

Grant all permissions to your user:

$ mysql -u root -p ravada -e "grant all on ravada.* to rvd_user@'localhost' identified by 'CHOOSE A PASSWORD'"

Config file

Create a config file at /etc/ravada.conf with the username and password you just declared at the previous step. Please note that you need to edit the user and password via an editor. Here, we present Vi as an example.

$ sudo vi /etc/ravada.conf
  user: rvd_user

Ravada web user

Add a new user for the ravada web. Use rvd_back to create it. When asked if this user is admin answer yes.

$ sudo /usr/sbin/rvd_back --add-user

Firewall (Optional)

The server must be able to send DHCP packets to its own virtual interface.

KVM should be using a virtual interface for the NAT domnains. Look what is the address range and add it to your iptables configuration.

First we try to find out what is the new internal network:

$  sudo route -n
...   U     0      0        0 virbr0

So it is , netmask 24. Add it to your iptables configuration:

sudo iptables -A INPUT -s -p udp --dport 67:68 --sport 67:68 -j ACCEPT

To confirm that the configuration was updated, check it with:

sudo iptables -S


The client must have a spice viewer such as virt-viewer. There is a package for linux and it can also be downloaded for windows.


The Ravada server is now installed, learn how to run and use it.


Struggling with the installation procedure ? We tried to make it easy but let us know if you need assistance.

There is also a troubleshooting page with common problems that admins may face.