Whenever I start my laptop(HP) , 'Network Connections' shows it being connected (though it is actually not) . When I go to 'edit connections' option , it shows virbr0 . I have to delete it every time . How to get rid of this ? Is it a hardware problem ?

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    Are you running any VMs like VirtualBox or VMPlayer? If you are, virbr0 is created by those and should not be removed.
    – Terrance
    Nov 20, 2017 at 17:20
  • No . I'm not using any of them . @Terrance
    – Rangerix
    Nov 21, 2017 at 9:31
  • Sorry, I only listed 2 of them. There is a bigger list here of VMs. Any VM that is installed will create that for the virtual bridged network so the VM will get IP addresses.
    – Terrance
    Nov 21, 2017 at 14:44

2 Answers 2


On my machine virbr0 interface was created after installation of libvirt-bin package which is dependency of virt-manager.

Solution 1 (straight-forward):

It seems you can remove it from startup by removing corresponding file with

sudo rm /etc/libvirt/qemu/networks/autostart/default.xml

You can bring it back with

sudo ln -s /etc/libvirt/qemu/networks/default.xml /etc/libvirt/qemu/networks/autostart/default.xml

Solution 2 (with virsh)

  • disable: sudo virsh net-autostart --disable default
  • enable: sudo virsh net-autostart default

But this has side-effect. If you want to use bridged network in virt-manager you should start bridge before launching VM with sudo virsh net-start default.

Solution 3 (set virbr0 unmanaged in NetworkManager)

The following lines should be added to the end of /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf:


The result: NetworkManager "does not know" about virbr0, but VMs can access bridged networking.

  • I added the same lines as the third solution to /etc/NetworkManager/NetworkManager.conf but it's still there. Will that take effect after restarting the system?
    – aderchox
    Aug 30, 2020 at 15:29

Give this a try this is mostly for Centos

sudo su -
virsh net-destroy default
virsh net-undefine default
systemctl stop libvirtd.service
systemctl disable libvirtd.service
apt remove qemu-kvm qemu-img virt-manager libvirt libvirt-python libvirt-client virt-install virt-viewer bridge-utils
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    Please read this about how to write a good answer, particularly the section "Provide context for links". Also: Did you successfully tried this on Ubuntu? Dec 29, 2018 at 3:02

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