Chapter 1. Overview

Version 4 of the Java software development kit is a collection of classes that allows you to interact with the Red Hat Virtualization Manager in Java-based projects. By downloading these classes and adding them to your project, you can access a range of functionality for high-level automation of administrative tasks.


Version 3 of the SDK is no longer supported. For more information, consult the RHV 4.3 version of this guide.

1.1. Prerequisites

To install the Java software development kit, you must have:

  • A system where Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is installed. Both the Server and Workstation variants are supported.
  • A subscription to Red Hat Virtualization entitlements.

The software development kit is an interface for the Red Hat Virtualization REST API. Use the version of the software development kit that corresponds to the version of your Red Hat Virtualization environment. For example, if you are using Red Hat Virtualization 4.3, use V4 Java software development kit.

1.2. Installing the Java Software Development Kit

Install the Java software development kit and accompanying documentation.

Installing the Java Software Development Kit

  1. Enable the repositories:

    # subscription-manager repos \
        --enable=rhel-8-for-x86_64-baseos-rpms \
        --enable=rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms \
  2. Enable the pki-deps module.

    # dnf module -y enable pki-deps
  3. Install the required packages for Java SDK V4:

    # dnf install java-ovirt-engine-sdk4

    The V4 Java software development kit and accompanying documentation are downloaded to the /usr/share/java/java-ovirt-engine-sdk4 directory and can be added to Java projects.

1.3. Dependencies

To use the Java software development kit in Java applications, you must add the following JAR files to the class path of those applications:

  • commons-beanutils.jar
  • commons-codec.jar
  • httpclient.jar
  • httpcore.jar
  • jakarta-commons-logging.jar
  • log4j.jar

The packages that provide these JAR files are installed as dependencies to the ovirt-engine-sdk-java package. By default, they are available in the /usr/share/java directory on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 systems.

1.4. Configuring SSL

The Red Hat Virtualization Manager Java SDK provides full support for HTTP over Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and the IETF Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol using the Java Secure Socket Extension (JSSE). JSSE has been integrated into the Java 2 platform as of version 1.4 and works with the Java SDK out of the box. On earlier Java 2 versions, JSSE must be manually installed and configured.

1.4.1. Configuring SSL

The following procedure outlines how to configure SSL using the Java SDK.

Configuring SSL

  1. Download the certificate used by the Red Hat Virtualization Manager.


    By default, the location of the certificate used by the Red Hat Virtualization Manager is in /etc/pki/ovirt-engine/ca.pem.

  2. Create a truststore:

    $ keytool -import -alias "server.crt truststore" -file ca.crt -keystore server.truststore
  3. Specify the trustStoreFile and trustStorePassword arguments when constructing an instance of the Api or Connection object:


    If you do not specify the trustStoreFile option when creating a connection, the Java SDK attempts to use the default truststore specified by the system variable If this system variable does not specify a truststore, the Java SDK attempts to use a truststore specified in $JAVA_HOME/lib/security/jssecacerts or $JAVA_HOME/lib/security/cacerts.

1.4.2. Host Verification

By default, the identity of the host name in the certificate is verified when attempting to open a connection to the Red Hat Virtualization Manager. You can disable verification by passing the following argument when constructing an instance of the Connection class:


This method should not be used for production systems due to security reasons, unless it is a conscious decision and you are aware of the security implications of not verifying host identity.