[vbox-dev] inspecting vm memory

Klaus Espenlaub klaus.espenlaub at oracle.com
Wed Apr 13 03:01:15 PDT 2011

On 12.04.2011 18:18, Stuart Maclean wrote:
> I would like to inspect a VM's memory pages, to monitor running
> processes. Is this possible using VBox? If yes, is there an API in the
> SDK, or would I be on my own. Any pointers to relevant places in the
> code would be most helpful. My hunch is that the VBox debugger might be
> using similar techniques.

VirtualBox has no knowledge what a process is - it simply emulates the 
CPU and hardware used by the guest OS. Just to set a few expectations 

What you could use is the debugger interface to retrieve memory 
contents, however interpreting the meaning is up to you. You can also 
set breakpoints etc etc...

The documentation is sparse, and there are some known issues with the 
debugger in general. It's not the most important feature, so expect some 
rough edges.


> Thank you
> Stuart
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