XMHF is an eXtensible and Modular Hypervisor Framework that strives to be a comprehensible and flexible platform for performing hypervisor research and development. The framework allows others to build custom (security-sensitive) hypervisor-based solutions (called "hypapps").

XMHF is designed to achieve three goals – modular extensibility, automated verification, and high performance. XMHF includes a core that provides functionality common to many hypervisor-based security architectures and supports extensions that augment the core with additional security or functional properties while preserving the fundamental hypervisor security property of memory integrity (i.e., ensuring that the hypervisor’s memory is not modified by software running at a lower privilege level).

XMHF advocates a "rich" single-guest execution model where the hypervisor framework supports only a single-guest and allows the guest direct access to all performance-critical system devices and device interrupts.

XMHF currently runs on recent multicore x86 hardware virtualized platforms with support for dynamic root of trust and nested (2-dimensional) paging. The framework is capable of running unmodified legacy multiprocessor capable OSes such as Windows and Linux.

Included modules

The XMHF project includes the hypervisor framework and supporting libraries along with several example hypapps:

XMHF includes several example hypapps including full-fledged hypapps such as TrustVisor and Lockdown:


The XMHF project comprises code from multiple sources, under multiple open source licenses. See for details.

Contact and support

There are a substantial number of known technical issues with this codebase, many of them with implications for security. Please see the ticket tracker for full details. This absolutely remains EXPERIMENTAL software. Do not trust important data to this software.

For bug reports, feature requests, etc., please use the sourceforge tickets tool.

For other discussion and questions, please use the sourceforge discussion tool. Note that the discussion tool can also be used much like a traditional mailing list, if you prefer. You will still need a sourceforge account. You can subscribe to all messages or to individual message threads through the web interface, after which you will receive corresponding posts through email. You can also post by responding to such notification messages, and start new threads by sending mail to . Posts via email must originate from a sourceforge account's primary email address.


We are open to contributions. The easiest mechanism is probably to fork our git repository through the web UI, make the changes on your fork, and then issue a merge request through the sourceforge web UI.


Maintainers: Amit Vasudevan (XMHF, libbaremetal and Lockdown), Zongwei Zhou (TrustVisor and tee-sdk)

Other contributors: Jonathan McCune, James Newsome, Ning Qu, and Yanlin Li

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