How to use Encrypted Disk images for KVM based guests?

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  • I'm currently using libvirt-0.10.2-18 on my RHEL machine and I'd like to:
  1. Convert the disk-image of the guests from RAW to QCOW2
  2. Encrypt these disk images after conversion.
  • I used the following command to create the encrypted image (based on documentation I found online):
# qemu-img create -o encryption -f qcow2 CryptoTest.img 4G
  • But, when I try to run it via virt-manager I get:
"Unable to execute QEMU command 'cont': Device 'drive-virtio-disk0' is encrypted"
  • So, the created image seems to be encrypted, but I am not able to start the guest using this disk-image.
  • I did not find anything on - how to set a password or key file for the encrypted image file and how to get it running.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 KVM host
  • libvirt-0.10.2-18

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