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Configure VM for MacBook Pro M1 Chip With Multipass


Multipass” is used to create and launch Ubuntu instances on the local machine with each platform’s native hypervisor, the same as many cloud providers do.

The default backend on MacOS M1 is qemu. Multipass can be used for any M1 Mac with macOS 10.14 or higher installed.

This document is aimed at explaining Multipass installation and configuration on MacOS with M1 Chip. The command line installation option will discuss.


MacOS V12.4 M1 Chip


Ensure “brew” is installed on the MacOS. If not, install the “brew” as explained below. You can find detailed installation information here.


/bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/HEAD/install.sh)"


After the installation is complete, run these two commands in your terminal to add Homebrew to your PATH.


echo 'eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"' >> $HOME/.zprofile 
eval "$(/opt/homebrew/bin/brew shellenv)"


Install “Multipass” with the following command.


brew install --cask multipass


Run the following command to check if “Multipass” is installed correctly.


   % multipass version 
multipass   1.10.1+mac
multipassd  1.10.1+mac4.


List the images for choosing the desired version.


% multipass find
Image                       Aliases           Version          Description
18.04                       bionic            20220712         Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
20.04                       focal,lts         20220711         Ubuntu 20.04 LTS
22.04                       jammy             20220712         Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
anbox-cloud-appliance                         latest           Anbox Cloud Appliance
charm-dev                                     latest           A development and testing environment for charmers
docker                                        latest           A Docker environment with Portainer and related tools
jellyfin                                      latest           Jellyfin is a Free Software Media System that puts you in control of managing and streaming your media.
minikube                                      latest           minikube is local Kubernetes


In this installation, we are using 18.04 image with a “bionic” alias and configuring 2 virtual machines with 2 core CPUs, 40 GB storage, and use en0 as the network.


 % multipass launch bionic --name clickhouse01 --cpus 2 --disk 40G --mem 4G --network en0
Launched: clickhouse01

 % multipass launch bionic --name clickhouse02 --cpus 2 --disk 40G --mem 4G --network en0
Launched: clickhouse02


After the Installation is complete, the images can be listed shown as below. In this example, the “192.168.1” subnet is used for internet communication over WI-FI and the “192.168.64” subnet is used for interconnection.


 % multipass list                                                                        
Name                    State             IPv4             Image
clickhouse01            Running      Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
clickhouse02            Running      Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


For connecting the “clickhouse01”, the following command is used. You can connect “clickhouse02” and just change the name of the VM.


% multipass shell clickhouse01


If you would like to stop any of the VMs, you can use the “stop” command as shown below. In this example, both of the VMs are stopped and status checked.


~ % multipass stop clickhouse01
~ % multipass stop clickhouse02
~ % multipass list             
Name                    State             IPv4             Image
clickhouse01            Stopped           --               Ubuntu 18.04 LTS
clickhouse02            Stopped           --               Ubuntu 18.04 LTS


For detailed information click here



  1. https://multipass.run/docs/how-to-guides
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