CollabVM Server 1.x

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CollabVM Server
Developer(s) Cosmic Sans, Dartz, Geodude; other various contributors
License Apache License 2.0
Platforms Windows, Linux, BSD, MacOS, Haiku, GNU/Hurd, ReactOS
Architectures x86, x86-64, ARM32, ARM64
Release date

First release: July 28, 2015 (1.1.0)

Latest release: July 18, 2019 (1.2.8)
Successor CollabVM Server 2.0

The CollabVM Server (collab-vm-server), latest version 1.2.8, is the current version of CollabVM Server. It is an open source server that powers CollabVM, ExperimentalVM, the Virus Farm, and all current variants of CollabVM. It can be considered the "heart" of CollabVM.

Currently, the server runs on Linux and Windows-based operating systems, primarily supporting Debian-based operating systems. It is known to work on Debian, Ubuntu Server and Desktop, as well as the Red Hat (CentOS), openSUSE and Arch Linux line of Linux distributions. Version 1.2.8 adds support for FreeBSD and other BSD operating systems. It should also work on MacOS, but since nobody on the team has a MacBook it must be compiled manually for now.


Automated builds[edit]

You can grab automatically built versions of CollabVM Server 1.x here:

Minimum Requirements[edit]

  • RAM:
    • Linux: 128 MB of free RAM on the server (Recommended: 2 GB of free RAM)
    • Windows: 32 MB of free RAM on the server (Recommended: 2 GB of free RAM)
  • Processor:
    • Intel(R) Pentium Processor @ 50 MHz / AMD(R) K5-75 @ 75 MHz (Recommended: Any modern Intel/AMD CPU, preferably >2 GHz with VT-x technology for optimal VM performance).
      • collab-vm-server is also capable of running on the ARM architecture. The current port is designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 and isn't guaranteed to work on other platforms.
        • Theoretically, there is no reason why it shouldn't also compile and run on PowerPC, MIPS, z/Architecture, HPPA, or others, but this is not tested and cannot be guaranteed to work.
      • A processor with virtualization technology is not required by QEMU or collab-vm-server, but one is highly recommended for optimal performance.
  • Space: 40 MB for collab-vm-server (Recommended: 4 GB of free space, for VMs and such)
  • QEMU:
    • QEMU 0.10 (Recommended: QEMU 3.0 or latest)

Operating system[edit]


Arch Linux[edit]

  • Use whatever's the latest version


  • Use CentOS 7 (older versions support CentOS 6)


  • Use at least Debian 8 (Recommended to use Debian 10, will also work on Debian 9, older versions support Debian 7)


  • Use at least Fedora 29 (Recommended to use Fedora 30)


  • Use latest version.

Linux Mint[edit]

  • Use Linux Mint 19.1.


  • Use Slackware 14.2.


  • Use at least 14.04 LTS (Recommended to use 18.04 LTS, older versions support 12.04 LTS)



  • ReactOS: Use the Cygwin collab-vm-server package. Use 0.4.13 or the latest debug build for the best results.
  • Wine: Not sure what the minimum version is but it will at least run on the Wine provided in Ubuntu 18.04.


  • collab-vm-server has an experimental Windows port that requires Windows Vista SP2 and above, compiled from MSYS2. There also exists a Cygwin package which will run on Windows XP SP2, note however that the versions for XP may require the IPv6 stack to be installed. (Recommended: Windows 7 or Windows 10.)
  • collab-vm-server can be compiled and run on MSYS2, which is what the current experimental Windows port is compiled with. This requires Windows Vista SP2 or above.
  • collab-vm-server can be compiled and run on Visual Studio 2017, which requires Windows XP SP2 or above and the Visual Studio 2010 and Visual Studio 2015 runtimes installed.
  • collab-vm-server can be compiled and run on Cygwin, which requires Windows Vista SP2 or above, although its also possible to compile it on an older version which needs Windows XP SP2.
  • collab-vm-server can also run on the Windows Subsystem for Linux, which is included in Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019.


  • collab-vm-server should be possible to compile and run on MacOS. I'm not sure what the oldest version that would work is, so it's probably safer to use the latest MacOS.



  • Use FreeBSD 12.


  • Unknown. NetBSD and OpenBSD should be able to compile it, unsure about any others.


  • collab-vm-server runs on the latest nightly build of Haiku, but it is rather difficult to build and very unstable. Some libraries need to be compiled and linked manually.


OpenIndiana/Oracle Solaris[edit]

  • collab-vm-server should be possible to compile and run on OpenIndiana and Oracle Solaris. I'm not sure what the oldest version that would work is so it's probably safe to use the latest version.