XVM — Virtual Servers for MIT

xvm.mit.edu is a virtualization service for the MIT community. We offer virtual machines—your own complete system on which you can start from our three-minute Debian or Ubuntu install or install the operating system of your choice. The service is free to any Athena account holder.

MIT users:

Log in to XVM using MIT certificates
Log in to XVM using Kerberos Tickets

In order to log in, you'll need to obtain MIT certificates

XVM features:

XVM does not feature:

The XVM code base is a free software project under development, licensed under GPLv2+. If you're interested in using it, we'd be happy to help you set it up in your environment. Our Git repositories are publicly viewable at


xvm.mit.edu is provided by SIPB, the student computing group at MIT, with generous funding from IS&T. Like all SIPB projects, we are independently run by our own team of volunteers, and we welcome new contributors.

Questions and feedback welcome at xvm@mit.edu.