Proxmox VE 8.1 released!

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Proxmox Staff Member
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Apr 28, 2005
We're very excited to announce the release 8.1 of Proxmox Virtual Environment! It's based on Debian 12.2 "Bookworm" but uses a newer Linux kernel 6.5, QEMU 8.1.2, and OpenZFS 2.2.0 ((with stable fixes backported)

Here is a selection of the highlights of Proxmox VE 8.1
  • Debian 12.2 (“Bookworm”), but uses a newer Linux kernel 6.5 as stable default
  • latest versions of QEMU 8.1.2 and ZFS 2.2.0 including the most important bugfixes from 2.2.1 already
  • Software-defined Networking (SDN)
  • Secure Boot
  • New flexible notification system with matcher-based approach
  • Ceph Server: Ceph Reef 18.2.0 is default, and Ceph Quincy 17.2.7 comes with continued support.
  • Countless GUI and API improvements.
As always, we have included countless bugfixes and improvements on many places; see the release notes for all details.

Release notes

Press release

Video tutorial

Alternate ISO download:


Community Forum


Source code

There has been a lot of feedback from our community members and customers, and many of you reported bugs, submitted patches and were involved in testing - THANK YOU for your support!


Q: Can I upgrade latest Proxmox VE 7 to 8 with apt?
A: Yes, please follow the upgrade instructions on

Q: Can I upgrade an 8.0 installation to the stable 8.1 via apt?
A: Yes, upgrading from is possible via apt and GUI.

Q: Can I install Proxmox VE 8.1 on top of Debian 12 "Bookworm"?
A: Yes, see

Q: Can I upgrade my Proxmox VE 7.4 cluster with Ceph Pacific to Proxmox VE 8.1 and to Ceph Reef?
A: This is a three-step process. First, you have to upgrade Ceph from Pacific to Quincy, and afterwards you can then upgrade Proxmox VE from 7.4 to 8.1. As soon as you run Proxmox VE 8.1, you can upgrade Ceph to Reef. There are a lot of improvements and changes, so please follow exactly the upgrade documentation:

Q: Where can I get more information about feature updates?
A: Check the roadmap, forum, the mailing list, and/or subscribe to our newsletter.

Best regards,

Martin Maurer
Proxmox VE project leader
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