See also: How to use VirtualBox in Multipass on macOS, How to use a different terminal on macOS
The default backend on macOS is
hyperkit on Intel, and
qemu on the M1, wrapping Apple’s Hypervisor.framework. You can use any M1 Mac, or a 2010 or newer Intel Mac with macOS 10.14 Mojave or later installed.
Install, upgrade, uninstall
To install Multipass on macOS, you have two options: the installer package or
brew. Upgrading and uninstallation options depend on this choice as well.
Using the installer package
Download the latest installer from here. You can also get pre-release versions from our GitHub releases page - it’s the
If you want Tab completion on the command line, install
Activate the downloaded installer and it will guide you through the necessary steps. You will need an account with administrator privileges to complete the installation.
To uninstall, run the script:
$ sudo sh "/Library/Application Support/com.canonical.multipass/uninstall.sh"
If you don’t have it already, install Brew. Then, to install Multipass simply execute:
$ brew install --cask multipass
$ brew uninstall multipass # or $ brew uninstall --zap multipass # to destroy all data, too
You’ve installed Multipass. Time to run your first commands! Use
multipass version to check your version or
multipass launch to create your first instance.