[CentOS] How to detect whether running on VMware?

Marc-Andre Levesque marc-andre.levesque at genizon.com
Thu Jul 24 12:08:38 UTC 2008

-----Original Message-----
From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Tony Mountifield
>Does anyone know how a program, script or shell user can best determine
>whether the machine is running on bare metal or is a VMware guest?

This script does the trick for me on ESX 3 by looking at the (virtual) hardware description. But it probably is not foolproof.

if ( `/sbin/lspci | grep -qi vmware` ) || \
   ( `grep -qi vmware /proc/scsi/scsi` ); then
    echo "This is a Virtual Machine."


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