Hypervisor.framework / hyperkit
The default backend on macOS is
hyperkit, wrapping Apple’s Hypervisor.framework. You need macOS Yosemite, version 10.10.3 or later installed on a 2010 or newer Mac.
Multipass also supports using VirtualBox as a virtualization provider. You can download the latest version and check the requirements on the VirtualBox website.
If you’d like to use VirtualBox, run the following in the terminal after installing Multipass:
$ sudo multipass set local.driver=virtualbox
To install Multipass on macOS, you have two options: the installer package or
Download the latest installer 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 steps necessary. You will need an account with Administrator privileges to complete the installation.
There’s a script to uninstall:
$ sudo sh "/Library/Application Support/com.canonical.multipass/uninstall.sh"
Have a look at
brew.sh on instructions to install Brew itself. Then, it’s a simple:
$ brew cask install multipass
$ brew cask uninstall multipass # or $ brew cask zap multipass # to destroy all data, too
Once installed, open the Terminal app and you can use
multipass launch to create your first instance.
multipass version you can check which version you have running:
$ multipass version multipass 1.0.0+mac multipassd 1.0.0+mac
Have a look at Working with instances to quickly get off the ground!