EVE-NG System Requirements

EVE-NG is currently released as an OVA file and ISO. An OVA is a Open Virtual Appliance format. It’s an archive (TAR) which holds disks and configuration file (OVF or Open Virtualization File) for the virtual machine. EVE-NG can be also directly installed on the physical hardware, without any virtualization by use of ISO image. Because EVE-NG runs many hypervisor, it’s strongly recommended a physical server dedicated for it, without any virtualization software. Mind that nested virtualization is not a good thing and can lead to poor performance.

EVE-NG requires:

  • Intel CPU VT-x/EPT
  • One of the following:
    • Ubuntu Xenial Xerus 16.04.X LTS 64bit (suggested with any processors). (Ubuntu 18 and 19 are not supported due it still not have all necessary libs for EVE)
    • VMware ESXi 6.0 or later
    • VMware Workstation 12.5 or later
    • VMware Fusion 8 or later
    • VMware Player 12.5 or later
  • AMD-V/RVI is capable processor but not officially supported.
  • Hyper-V, Promox and XEN Citrix are not officially supported.

Required CPU and RAM depend on how many nodes are needed to run. 4 vCPU and 6GB of RAM can be enough for IOU/IOL and Dynamips only, but will be insufficient for topology with CSR1000V routers.

In other words the EVE-NG requirements are the same for nested ESXi virtualization or Cisco VIRL/CML. EVE-NG can still work without Intel VT processors and can run installed within other hypervisors also But:

  • 64 bits (x86_64) appliances won’t work.
  • Poor performances should be expected with 32 bits (i386) appliances.