Chapitre 7. Suppression des machines virtuelles

To delete virtual machines in RHEL 9, use the command line interface or the web console GUI.

7.1. Deleting virtual machines using the command line interface

To delete a virtual machine (VM), you can remove its XML configuration and associated storage files from the host using the command line. Follow the procedure below:

Conditions préalables

  • Back up important data from the VM.
  • Shut down the VM.
  • Make sure no other VMs use the same associated storage.


  • Use the virsh undefine utility.

    For example, the following command removes the guest1 VM, its associated storage volumes, and non-volatile RAM, if any.

    # virsh undefine guest1 --remove-all-storage --nvram
    Domain 'guest1' has been undefined
    Volume 'vda'(/home/images/guest1.qcow2) removed.

Ressources supplémentaires

  • The virsh undefine --help command
  • The virsh man page