CLI and Daemon for Hyper

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HyperContainer - Hypervisor-agnostic Docker Runtime

This repo contains two parts: the daemon of HyperContainer hyperd and the CLIhyperctl.

What is HyperContainer?

HyperContainer is a hypervisor-agnostic technology that allows you to run Docker images on plain hypervisor.

Why HyperContainer?

HyperContainer combines the best from both world: VM and Container.

- Container VM HyperContainer
Isolation Weak, shared kernel Strong, HW-enforced Strong, HW-enforced
Portable Yes, but kernel dependent sometimes No, hypervisor dependent Yes, hypervisor agnostic and portable image
Boot Fast, sub-second Slow, tens of seconds Fast, sub-second
Performance Great OK Good, minimal resource footprint and overhead
Immutable Yes No, configuration management required Yes, only kernel+image
Image Size Small, MBs Big, GBs Small, MBs
Compatibility No, need new tools Great, everything just works Good, it is still a "Machine", much less changes
Mature Not yet Production ready, SDN, SDS, LiveMigration, etc. Yes, just plug-&-play
ROI Rebuild everything with container - Reuse your virtual infrastructure

*BYOK = bring your own kernel


  • QEMU 2.0 or later
  • Xen 4.5 and VT enabled host (for Xen support)


Ensure you are running Linux (kernel 3.8 or later) and have Docker (version 1.5 or later) and QEMU (version 2.0 or later) installed. Then download the binary tarball and install it directly.

For RHEL/CentOS 7.x, you can use our RPMs

For information on using the command line, just type hyperctl. You may use hyperctl <command> --help for detailed information on any specific command.


Build From Source

Clone hyperd and runv in GoPath

> mkdir -p ${GOPATH}/src/
> cd ${GOPATH}/src/
> git clone runv
> git clone hyperd

And make sure you have go (>= 1.4) , device-mapper-devel, and autotools, go into the hyper dir

> ./
> ./configure
> make

Then you can get the binaries hyperd daemon and hyperctl cmdline tool.

You may also need the kernel and initrd from HyperStart to run HyperContainer.

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Contact Us

Found a bug, want to suggest a feature, or have a question? File an issue. When reporting a bug, please include which version of hyperd you are running, as shown by hyperctl --version.