[vbox-dev] How to poweroff a VM THROUGH WebServic API

Nikolay Igotti Nikolay.Igotti at Sun.COM
Fri Jan 15 00:52:18 PST 2010

  Hi Balachandar,

You can also look at vboxshell.py, which contains rich set of examples 
on usage of VirtualBox API (and works via both SOAP and COM).
To power off VM code similar to following is used:

from vboxapi import VirtualBoxManager

style = "WEBSERVICE" # or None for local COM/XPCOM
g_virtualBoxManager = VirtualBoxManager(style, None)
session = mgr.getSessionObject(vb)
uuid = mach.id
progress = vb.openExistingSession(session, uuid)
except Exception,e:
print "Session to '%s' not open: %s" %(mach.name,e)
if g_verbose:

VirtualBox needs separate session open phase to obtain exclusive control 
over VM execution, that's why sample is a bit more complex that one 
would wish.


Achim Hasenmueller пишет:
> You can check this example in Python (not using SOAP but the semantics are identical): http://code.google.com/p/vboxweb/source/browse/trunk/VBoxWebSrv.py
> Basically you have to open a session on the VM (OpenExistingSession for a running VM) and then get the Console object of the Session and perform the poweroff operation on the console object.
> I recommend reading the SDK manual (download the SDK from virtualbox.org) and having a look at the source code of VBoxManage: http://www.virtualbox.org/browser/trunk/src/VBox/Frontends/VBoxManage
> Achim.
> On Jan 15, 2010, at 6:03 , AMARNATH, Balachandar wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I am a new comer to this mailing list as well as Virtual Box. I was writing simple programs using Virtual Box Web Service API to poweron a particular VM, get the state. But i am not able to find suitable API to poweroff the same. Please help me out of this issue, i am looking after this for more than a day. :(
>> thanks in advance
>> Bala
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