How to install Multipass
on Ubuntu

Multipass snap

Multipass

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Instant Ubuntu VMs

Multipass is a tool to launch and manage VMs on Windows, Mac and Linux that simulates a cloud environment with support for cloud-init. Get Ubuntu on-demand with clean integration to your IDE and version control on your native platform.

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

Pass a cloud-init metadata file to an instance on launch

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

See your instances

multipass list

Stop and start instances

multipass stop
multipass start

Get help

multipass help

Details for Multipass

License
GPL-3.0 OR Proprietary
Last updated
16 October 2019

Enable snaps on Ubuntu and install Multipass

Snaps are applications packaged with all their dependencies to run on all popular Linux distributions from a single build. They update automatically and roll back gracefully.

Snaps are discoverable and installable from the Snap Store, an app store with an audience of millions.

Enable snapd

If you’re running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) or later, including Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish) and Ubuntu 19.04 (Disco Dingo), you don’t need to do anything. Snap is already installed and ready to go.

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:

Either log out and back in again, or restart your system, to ensure snap’s paths are updated correctly.

Install Multipass

To install Multipass, simply use the following command:

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Get the snap store

Browse and find snaps from the convenience of your desktop using the snap store snap.

Learn more about snaps

Interested to find out more about snaps? Want to publish your own application? Visit snapcraft.io now.