LXD is a modern, secure and powerful system container and virtual machine manager.
It provides a unified experience for running and managing full Linux systems inside containers or virtual machines. LXD supplies images for a wide number of Linux distributions and is built around a very powerful, yet pretty simple, REST API. LXD scales from one instance on a single machine to a cluster in a full data center rack, making it suitable for running workloads both for development and in production.
LXD allows you to easily set up a system that feels like a small private cloud. You can run any type of workload in an efficient way while keeping your resources optimized.
You should consider using LXD if you want to containerize different environments or run virtual machines, or in general run and manage your infrastructure in a cost-effective way.
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The LXD daemon only works on Linux but the client tool (
lxc) is available on most platforms.
More instructions on installing LXD for a wide variety of Linux distributions and operating systems can be found on our website.
To install LXD from source, see Installing LXD in the documentation.
Consider the following aspects to ensure that your LXD installation is secure:
See Security for detailed information.
Local access to LXD through the Unix socket always grants full access to LXD. This includes the ability to attach file system paths or devices to any instance as well as tweak the security features on any instance.
Therefore, you should only give such access to users who you'd trust with root access to your system.
The following channels are available for you to interact with the LXD community.
You can file bug reports and feature requests at:
A discussion forum is available at:
We use the LXC mailing lists for developer and user discussions. You can
find and subscribe to those at:
Commercial support for LXD can be obtained through Canonical Ltd.
The official documentation is available at:
Fixes and new features are greatly appreciated. Make sure to read our contributing guidelines first!