virt-copy-out(1) Virtualization Support virt-copy-out(1)

virt-copy-out - Copy files and directories out of a virtual machine disk image.

virt-copy-out -a disk.img /file|dir [/file|dir ...] localdir
virt-copy-out -d domain /file|dir [/file|dir ...] localdir

"virt-copy-out" copies files and directories out of a virtual machine disk image or named libvirt domain.

You can give one or more filenames and directories on the command line. Directories are copied out recursively.

Download the home directories from a virtual machine:

mkdir homes
virt-copy-out -d MyGuest /home homes

This command is just a simple shell script wrapper around the guestfish(1) "copy-out" command. For anything more complex than a trivial copy, you are probably better off using guestfish directly.

Since the shell script just passes options straight to guestfish, read guestfish(1) to see the full list of options.

guestfish(1), virt-cat(1), virt-copy-in(1), virt-edit(1), virt-tar-in(1), virt-tar-out(1),

Richard W.M. Jones ("rjones at redhat dot com")

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2024-01-05 libguestfs-1.52.0