Installing Multipass for Windows


To get Multipass for Windows, download the latest installer from our GitHub releases page - it’s the .exe file.



Only Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, version 1803 (“April 2018 Update”) or later is currently supported. It’s due to the right version of Hyper-V only being available on those versions.


Multipass also supports using VirtualBox as a virtualization provider. You can download the latest version here.


Make sure the network you’re connected to is marked Private (which really means Trusted), otherwise Windows will prevent Multipass from starting. We’re working on resolving that issue.

Run the installer and it will guide you through the steps necessary. You will need to allow the installer to gain Administrator privileges.

You will need either Hyper-V enabled (only Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise), or VirtualBox installed.

First run

Multipass defaults to using Hyper-V as it’s virtualization provider. If you’d like to use VirtualBox, start either Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or PowerShell as Administrator and run:

C:\WINDOWS\system32> multipass set local.driver=virtualbox

Now, to run normal Multipass commands, open either Command Prompt (cmd.exe) or PowerShell as your regular user and you can use multipass launch to create your first instance.

With multipass version you can check which version you have running:

$ multipass version
multipass  v1.0.0+win
multipassd v1.0.0+win

Have a look at Working with instances for a rundown of the most common steps. We hope you have fun!


To upgrade, just download the latest installer and run it.

You will be asked to uninstall the old version, and a second question about whether to remove all data when uninstalling. If you want to keep your instances, answer “No” (the default).

Last updated 9 months ago.