Multipass 1.9 arrives with improvements for MacOS, security and more


Canonical developers recently released the new version of the Multipass project 1.9, which is a lightweight cross-platform VM manager (works for Linux, Windows and macOS). Multipass is designed for developers who want a fresh Ubuntu environment with a single command.

Basically, the tool is designed to simplify the installation of various versions of Ubuntu on virtual machines running on Linux, Windows, and macOS virtualization systems.

multi-pass independently extract the image required version of the operating system and keeps it up to date. cloud-init can be used for configuration, Besides that it is possible to mount external disk partitions in a virtual environment, but the means to transfer individual files between the host system and the virtual machine are also provided.

Main novelties of Multipass 1.9

The new version of Multipass 1.9 characterized by increased security with this version when enabling client authentication. This feature makes it possible to run Multipass as a non-administrator user, which limits the privileges you will have on the machine.

While for the platform MacOS, the developers worked to be able to add the support for putting virtual machines to sleep and the ability to start a local mini-cloud (linking running virtual environments with host system network interfaces to orchestrate access to virtual machines from external networks) has been added planned.

Another of the changes that stand out in this new version of Multipass 1.9 are the enhanced networkswell now instances can be connected to additional available network interfaces on the host machine, making them accessible to all networks that the host machine has access to. In practical terms, this means that instances can now be accessed remotely on macOS, opening up more possibilities for prototyping applications in the cloud.

In addition to this, it is also noted that provided the ability to run Ubuntu 22.04 on macOS and Windows.

finally if you are interested in knowing more about it about this new version, you can check the details In the following link.

How to install Multipass in Ubuntu and derivatives?

For those who are interested in being able to install this tool on their system, can do it with the help of Snap packages, with which they simply must have the support for the installation of these packages on their system.

By default the latest versions of Ubuntu already have support integrated, but if you don't have it, they can add support by opening a terminal (You can do it with the shortcut keys Ctrl + Alt + T) and in it you are going to type the following command:

sudo apt install snapd

Already with Snap support added to the system, we proceed to perform the installation of Multipass. The installation will be carried out by typing one of the following commands in the terminal:

snap refresh multipass --channel stable
snap install multipass --classic

While, for those who want to use the installers for Windows or Mac OS, they can obtain them from the official website of the project. The link is this.

Basic use of Multipass

Before using the tool It's important to mention and remember that multipass works with display technology as mentioned at the beginning, so you must enable this from your bios and verify that kmv is enabled in the system.

To start using the tool all you have to do is open a terminal and use the "multipass" command with any of the corresponding commands.

We can know these by executing the command:

multipass -h



To search the available images, we can do it with the command:

multipass find 

Where the available ones will be displayed. Knowing this, we are going to perform the installation with the command:

multipass launch xenial

Here you can indicate which version to use, using the key name, that this case is xenial (ubuntu 16.04).

We will be informed if we want anonymous data to be sent about the use of the tool, where they answer with (yes / no).

And ready. If you want to know more about the use of Multipass, you can visit the following link.

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