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Get started with Ubuntu Core

Ubuntu Core has been designed to facilitate the creation, deployment, and management of secure custom images running on your own hardware.

But pre-built test images are also available, for both x86-based PC-style hardware and ARM-based platforms. These testing images are ideal for exploration and experimentation but they’re not intended for deployment or for use at scale.

We have tutorials for both approaches, with a step-by-step guide to creating your own image, plus guides on running Ubuntu Core within a virtual machine or on a variety of x86-based and ARM-based systems.

Building and installing Ubuntu Core

Build your first Ubuntu Core image
A step-by-step guide to building and testing your own image with your own selection of applications.

Install and try a pre-built image
Test a pre-built image within a VM, or by installing Ubuntu Core on either x86-based or ARM-based hardware.

After you get Ubuntu Core up and running, take a look at our First steps using Ubuntu Core guide.

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