Multipass Documentation

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Multipass is a tool to generate cloud-style Ubuntu VMs quickly on Linux, macOS and Windows. It provides a simple but powerful CLI that enables you to quickly access an Ubuntu command line or create your own local mini-cloud.

Local development and testing can be challenging, but Multipass simplifies these processes by automating setup and teardown. Multipass has a growing library of images that you can use to launch purpose-built VMs or custom VMs you’ve configured yourself through its powerful cloud-init interface.

Developers can use Multipass to prototype cloud deployments and to create fresh, customized Linux dev environments on any machine. Multipass is the quickest way for Mac and Windows users to get an Ubuntu command line on their systems. You can also use it as a sandbox to try new things without affecting your host machine or requiring a dual boot.

In this documentation

Get started - a hands-on introduction to Multipass for new users
How-to guides
Step-by-step guides covering key operations and common tasks
Concepts - discussion and clarification of key topics
Technical information - specifications, APIs, architecture

Project and community

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