How to fix KVM permission denied error on Ubuntu 18.04












/dev/kvm device: permission denied is the error that I got while trying to run Android Virtual Device(AVD) on a fresh install of Ubuntu 18.04.











The error message also shows a hint on what could be wrong: Grant current user access to /dev/kvm. A quick google search reveals that this is a common problem.
The easiest way to fix this would be to install qemu-kvm and then give appropriate permission to the current user.
Install qemu-kvm.
$ sudo apt install qemu-kvm
Use the adduser command to add your user to the kvm group.
$ sudo adduser <username> kvm
And then own the file /dev/kvm using chown.
$ sudo chown <username> /dev/kvm
After the above steps the AVD should work as expected.











How to fix KVM permission denied error on Ubuntu 18.04 How to fix KVM permission denied error on Ubuntu 18.04 Reviewed by RS Coder on April 22, 2020 Rating: 5

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