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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.

To build an image, you need a Linux host system and one or more target systems. A target system could be a local virtual machine for testing, a single embedded system in your garage, or a fleet devices scattered across the Earth.

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

We have tutorials for all 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.

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.

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