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To connect to a virtual machine using SPICE, you need a client application.

GTK+ widget

spice-gtk is a GTK+2 and GTK+3 SPICE widget. It features glib-based objects for SPICE protocol parsing and a gtk widget for embedding the SPICE display into other applications such as virt-manager. Python bindings are available too.

While spice-gtk comes with a demo client application called spicy, using virt-viewer (which embeds a spice-gtk widget) is highly recommended.

Windows binaries:

Android client:

aSPICE is a secure, SSH capable, open source SPICE protocol client that makes use of the LGPL licensed native libspice library. You can find and install
aSpice from Please support the work and GPL open-source software by buying the donation version of this program called aSpice Pro!


This is a plugin for browsers compatible with the Mozilla plugin API (for example Firefox or Chromium). It's used for launching the SPICE client from the oVirt user portal. This plugin is currently Linux-only.

Other binaries


This section contains various optional drivers and daemons that can be installed on the guest to provide enhanced SPICE integration and performance.

Linux sources:

Windows binaries:

  • Windows guest tools - spice-guest-tools-0.100.exe
    This installer contains some optional drivers and services that can be installed in Windows guest to improve SPICE performance and integration. This includes the qxl video driver and the SPICE guest agent (for copy and paste, automatic resolution switching, ...)
  • Windows QXL driver
    This is not needed if you are using the Windows guest tools installer above.
  • Windows SPICE agent
    This is not needed if you are using the Windows guest tools installer above.


The SPICE server code is needed when building SPICE support into QEMU. It should be available as a package in your favourite Linux distribution, which is the preferred way of getting it.

0.12.6 - stable release


Xspice - an X and Spice server. Requires Xorg. See README.xspice.

  • See wiki for known problems and work arounds.
  • The latest sources are the same as the xf86-video-qxl driver above, Xspice is mostly reusing that driver and linking directly with spice-server.

Git repositories

Information about SPICE git repositories can be found here.

Older releases

Older source releases can be found here. Old versions of spice-gtk can be found here.