qemu-img is a QEMU disk image utility, which allows us to create, convert and modify images offline. It can handle all image formats supported by QEMU (including qcow2 and raw image format).
[root@tuxfixer ~]# yum install qemu-img
Converting qcow2 image to raw image format using qemu-img:
[root@tuxfixer ~]# qemu-img convert -f qcow2 -O raw image.qcow2 image.img
Converting raw image to qcow2 image format using qemu-img:
[root@tuxfixer ~]# qemu-img convert -f raw -O qcow2 image.img image.qcow2
3 thoughts on “Convert qcow2 to raw image and raw to qcow2 image”
if, the original (raw) image is static a one with a lot of unused space inside … is there any option one could add to to the `qemu-img convert` command to get a dynamic .qcow2 (which should be significantly smaller then) on the other side?
you can always shrink qcow2 image, after converting it, using these commands:
and that’s what I usually do after converting image to qcow2.
How can we convert the .qcow2 img file to .img fle