LXD is a system container and virtual machine manager.
It offers a simple CLI and REST API to manage local or remote instances,
uses an image based workflow and support for a variety of advanced features.
Images are available for all Ubuntu releases and architectures as well
as for a wide number of other Linux distributions. Existing
integrations with many deployment and operation tools, makes it work
just like a public cloud, except everything is under your control.
LXD containers are lightweight, secure by default and a great
alternative to virtual machines when running Linux on Linux.
LXD virtual machines are modern and secure, using UEFI and secure-boot
by default and a great choice when a different kernel or operating
system is needed.
With clustering, up to 50 LXD servers can be easily joined and managed
together with the same tools and APIs and without needing any external
Supported configuration options for the snap (snap set lxd [<key>=<value>...]):
ceph.builtin: Use snap-specific Ceph configuration [default=false]
ceph.external: Use the system's ceph tools (ignores ceph.builtin) [default=false]
criu.enable: Enable experimental live-migration support [default=false]
daemon.debug: Increase logging to debug level [default=false]
daemon.group: Set group of users that can interact with LXD [default=lxd]
daemon.preseed: Pass a YAML configuration to lxd init on initial start
daemon.syslog: Send LXD log events to syslog [default=false]
lvm.external: Use the system's LVM tools [default=false]
lxcfs.pidfd: Start per-container process tracking [default=false]
lxcfs.loadavg: Start tracking per-container load average [default=false]
lxcfs.cfs: Consider CPU shares for CPU usage [default=false]
openvswitch.builtin: Run a snap-specific OVS daemon [default=false]
shiftfs.enable: Enable shiftfs support [default=auto]
For system-wide configuration of the CLI, place your configuration in
/var/snap/lxd/common/global-conf/ (config.yml and servercerts)
For versions of Ubuntu between 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), as well as Ubuntu flavours that don’t include snap by default, snap can be installed from the Ubuntu Software Centre by searching for snapd.
Alternatively, snapd can be installed from the command line:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install snapd
Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.