B.2.2. Failed to connect socket ... : Permission denied

download PDF
When running a virsh command, the following error (or similar) appears:
$ virsh -c qemu:///system list
error: Failed to connect socket to '/var/run/libvirt/libvirt-sock': Permission denied
error: failed to connect to the hypervisor
Without any host name specified, the connection to QEMU uses UNIX sockets by default. If there is no error running this command as root, the UNIX socket options in /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf are likely misconfigured.
To connect as a non-root user using UNIX sockets, configure the following options in /etc/libvirt/libvirtd.conf:
unix_sock_group = <group>
unix_sock_ro_perms = <perms>
unix_sock_rw_perms = <perms>


The user running virsh must be a member of the group specified in the unix_sock_group option.
Red Hat logoGithubRedditYoutubeTwitter


Try, buy, & sell


About Red Hat Documentation

We help Red Hat users innovate and achieve their goals with our products and services with content they can trust.

Making open source more inclusive

Red Hat is committed to replacing problematic language in our code, documentation, and web properties. For more details, see the Red Hat Blog.

About Red Hat

We deliver hardened solutions that make it easier for enterprises to work across platforms and environments, from the core datacenter to the network edge.

© 2024 Red Hat, Inc.