Usage documentation is in the
qvm-service man page. There are also described predefined services.
Under the hood, an enabled service in a VM is signaled by a file in
This can be used to implement an almost enable/disable per-VM switch controlled by dom0.
Adding support for systemd services is pretty simple. In the VM, create the following file (and directory, if needed):
/etc/systemd/system/<service name>.service.d/30_qubes.conf. It should contain the following:
[Unit] ConditionPathExists=/var/run/qubes-service/<service name>
This will cause the service to be started only when you enable it with
qvm-service for this VM.