The Hypervisor (x86 & ARM)

The Hypervisor is developed by a world-wide community of individuals, researchers and employees of companies and that follow the Xen Project Governance process based on openness, transparency and meritocracy. The project is supported by the Xen Project Advisory Board made up of project member companies that fund the Xen Project. You can find a contribution breakdowns on our Acknowledgements page.

The evolution of the Xen Hypervisor

See here for the actual slides.

Xen Project Releases are developed on a 8 months release cadence and follows the process outlined here.

Support for ARM CPUs

With the introduction of virtualization extensions on ARM processors, the Xen Project has added support for newer ARM CPUs to the Xen Project Hypervisor (the first release with ARM support was Xen 4.3). This port is developed and maintained by the Hypervisor team, and developed in the Xen mainline and the upstream Linux kernel. You can find information related to this work on the wiki.

Originally ARM support for newer CPUs was designed for Servers. However, recently we have seen interest for Xen Project on ARM used on Mobiles, Tablets, for Automotive applications, Middlebox Processing (Firewalls, NATs) and other Embedded applications.

Selected Presentations, Demos and Press Coverage

A good way to stay on top of what is happening in the Hypervisor project is to follow presentations and videos given at industry events or xen project events. You can find these here. Presentations from the last twp developer summits and the platform xsecurity summit cvan be found here:

Getting the Hypervisor

The Xen Project hypervisor is available as source distribution from these download pages. You can find instructions on how to build the Xen Project source release at this page.

Sources for Xen Project Binaries

You can get recent binaries as packages from most Linux and Unix distributions, both open source and commercial. Some Linux distributions deliver Xen Project software as a LiveCD, that you can use to easily test the hypervisor.

Install Xen Project software from a Linux Distro    Xen Project Live CDs


The Xen Hypervisor is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL2).