LXD on macOS

Remember if you die in here, you die in the real world too.

I use LXD on macOS, it might be helpful to someone if I share my setup, which I keep documented and up to date in a Gist but I may as well add it here too.

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VM Setup

Download an Ubuntu Server ISO (

Create a new VMWare virtual machine, select boot from the ISO with 2 NICs configured as "Share with My Mac" & "Private to my Mac" respectively. During the creation of the Ubuntu VM there will be a page to select installed software, select "OpenSSH server".

VM Networking

Log in to the newly created VM and install bridge-utils:

apt install bridge-utils

Edit /etc/network/interfaces with a bridge each for the 2 network cards, both DHCP (ip link show will give you the correct names for these interfaces).

## The primary network interface
#auto ens33
#iface ens33 inet dhcp

auto br0
iface br0 inet dhcp
        bridge_ports ens33
        bridge_fd 0
        bridge_maxwait 0
        dns-search home

auto br1
iface br1 inet dhcp
        bridge_ports ens38
        bridge_fd 0
        bridge_maxwait 0
        dns-search local

Restart sudo reboot, and you should now be able to ping the outside world.

$ ping

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=63 time=340 ms

Install open-vm-tools:

$ apt install open-vm-tools

Avahi on VM

Next, set up Avahi to broadcast host names so we don’t need to remember DHCP-assigned IP addresses. On the Ubuntu host, install avahi-daemon:

$ apt install avahi-daemon

In the configuration file /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf, change these lines to clarify that our host names need only work on the second, host-only network adapter:


Then restart Avahi:

$ sudo service avahi-daemon restart

Now, you should be able to ping and ssh to $hostname from within the virtual machine and your Mac command line.

LXD server (Ubuntu VM)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-lxc/lxd-stable
sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade


$ sudo apt install zfsutils-linux
$ sudo lxd init

Generate a new LXD profile from the script here:

Test out lxc launch:

$ lxc launch ubuntu:16.10 --ephemeral -p $USER
$ lxc list
|     NAME     |  STATE  |              IPV4              | IPV6 |   TYPE    | SNAPSHOTS |
| enabling-ape | RUNNING | (eth0)         |      | EPHEMERAL | 0         |
|              |         | (eth1)          |      |           |           |

NB. It may take a few minutes for cloud-init to configure and restart eth1.

Allow remote operations on the LXD server (from macOS)

lxc config set core.https_address "[::]"
lxc config set core.trust_password some-password

LXD client (macOS)

With a working Go setup:

$ go get
$ cd $GOPATH/src/
$ go install -v ./lxc
$ lxc remote add <name> UBUNTU_VM_HOST.local

Finally, on macOS

$ ssh enabling-ape.local -A