multipass launch command without any argument will create and start a new instance based on the default image, using a random generated name:
$ multipass launch … Launched: relishing-lionfish
You can then shell into that instance by its name:
$ multipass shell relishing-lionfish … multipass@relishing-lionfish:~$
multipass help launch output explains the available options:
$ multipass help launch Usage: multipass launch [options] [[<remote:>]<image> | <url>] Create and start a new instance. Options: -h, --help Displays help on commandline options. --help-all Displays help including Qt specific options. -v, --verbose Increase logging verbosity. Repeat the 'v' in the short option for more detail. Maximum verbosity is obtained with 4 (or more) v's, i.e. -vvvv. -c, --cpus <cpus> Number of CPUs to allocate. Minimum: 1, default: 1. -d, --disk <disk> Disk space to allocate. Positive integers, in bytes, or with K, M, G suffix. Minimum: 512M, default: 5G. -m, --memory <memory> Amount of memory to allocate. Positive integers, in bytes, or decimals, with K, M, G suffix. Minimum: 128M, default: 1G. -n, --name <name> Name for the instance. If it is 'primary' (the configured primary instance name), the user's home directory is mounted inside the newly launched instance, in 'Home'. --cloud-init <file> | <url> Path or URL to a user-data cloud-init configuration, or '-' for stdin --network <spec> Add a network interface to the instance, where <spec> is in the "key=value,key=value" format, with the following keys available: name: the network to connect to (required), use the networks command for a list of possible values, or use 'bridged' to use the interface configured via `multipass set local.bridged-network`. mode: auto|manual (default: auto) mac: hardware address (default: random). You can also use a shortcut of "<name>" to mean "name=<name>". --bridged Adds one `--network bridged` network. --mount <local-path>:<instance-path> Mount a local directory inside the instance. If <instance-path> is omitted, the mount point will be the same as the absolute path of <local-path> --timeout <timeout> Maximum time, in seconds, to wait for the command to complete. Note that some background operations may continue beyond that. By default, instance startup and initialization is limited to 5 minutes each. Arguments: image Optional image to launch. If omitted, then the default Ubuntu LTS will be used. <remote> can be either ‘release’ or ‘daily‘. If <remote> is omitted, ‘release’ will be used. <image> can be a partial image hash or an Ubuntu release version, codename or alias. <url> is a custom image URL that is in http://, https://, or file:// format.
The only, optional, positional argument is the image to launch an instance from. See the
multipass find documentation for information on what images are available. It’s also possible to provide a full URL to the image (use
file:// for an image available on the host running
You can change the resources made available to the instance by passing any of
--memory options, allowing for more CPU cores, disk space or RAM, respectively.
If you want your instance to have a name of your choice, use
--name. It has to be unique, two instances can’t share the same name.
--network option allows launching instances with additional network interfaces. [since version 1.6.0]
--network bridged are shortcuts to
--network <name>, where
<name> is configured via
multipass set local.bridged-interface. [since version 1.7.0]
--mount option allows mounting several folders in the instance by calling the
mount command after the instances is launched. It can be specified multiple times, with different mount paths. [since version 1.10.0]
--timeout if you need to change how long Multipass waits for the machine to boot and initialize. [since version 1.7.0]