Try LXD on your laptop, workstation or server. Set up a single instance LXD for testing and development, or run it in a clustering mode for highly-available production environments.
Looking for help running LXD?
Get started with LXD in 4 easy steps
Install LXD as a snap
To install LXD as a snap, just run:
snap install lxd
Run the following command and either accept the defaults or choose different options when prompted:
Install the OS you’d like to use in your container or VM
lxc launch <image_server>:<image_name> <instance_name>
lxc launch ubuntu:22.04 ubuntu-container
lxc launch <image_server>:<image_name> <instance_name> --vm
lxc launch ubuntu:22.04 ubuntu-vm --vm
Check the community image server for other Linux distributions.
You now have your instance up and running! You’re all set to experiment with any commands you need.
lxc exec <instance_name> -- <command>
lxc exec ubuntu-container -- apt-get update
For a list of available commands and options, just run
For other installation options, please check our documentation.
You might see issues with your firewall blocking network access for your instances, or connectivity issues because you run LXD and Docker on the same host.
See How to configure your firewall for information on how to resolve such issues.
Familiarise yourself with the basics
LXD supports two types of instances: system containers and virtual machines.Learn more
LXD uses an image-based workflow, providing images for a large number of Linux distributions.Learn more
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