Install Multipass

Get an instant Ubuntu VM with a single command. Multipass can launch and run virtual machines and configure them with cloud-init like a public cloud. Prototype your cloud launches locally for free.

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Select OS to get started

Install Multipass on Linux

To install Multipass on a Linux system, run the following command:

sudo snap install multipass

Don’t have the snap command? Get set up for snaps

Install Multipass on Windows

  1. Download Multipass for Windows

    Note: You need Windows 10 Pro/Enterprise/Education v 1803 or later, or any Windows 10 with VirtualBox

  2. Ensure your network is private

    Make sure your local network is designated as private, otherwise Windows prevents Multipass from starting.

  3. Run the installer

    You need to allow the installer to gain Administrator privileges.

Install Multipass on MacOS

  1. Download Multipass for MacOS

    Alternatively, see our documentation for instructions to install with brew.

  2. Run the installer

    You will need to run the installer in an account with administrator privileges.

How to launch LTS instances

The first five minutes with Multipass let you know how easy it is to have a lightweight cloud handy. Let’s launch a few LTS instances, list them, exec a command, use cloud-init and clean up old instances to start.

Launch an instance (by default you get the current Ubuntu LTS)

multipass launch --name foo

Run commands in that instance, try running bash (logout or ctrl-d to quit)

multipass exec foo -- lsb_release -a

See your instances

multipass list

Stop and start instances

multipass stop foo bar
multipass start foo

Clean up what you don’t need

multipass delete bar
multipass purge

Find alternate images to launch

multipass find

Pass a cloud-init metadata file to an instance on launch. See using cloud-init with multipass for more details

multipass launch -n bar --cloud-init cloud-config.yaml

See your instances

multipass list

Get help

multipass help
multipass help <command>

Don’t forget you still have 'foo' running. To learn more about Multipass keep reading, go to the docs, or join the discussion and get involved.

Check out some of the things you can do with Multipass below