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podman-machine-start - Man Page

Start a virtual machine


podman machine start [name]


Starts a virtual machine for Podman.

Rootless only.

Podman on MacOS and Windows requires a virtual machine. This is because containers are Linux - containers do not run on any other OS because containers' core functionality are tied to the Linux kernel. Podman machine must be used to manage MacOS and Windows machines, but can be optionally used on Linux.

The default machine name is podman-machine-default. If a machine name is not specified as an argument, then podman-machine-default will be started.

Only one Podman managed VM can be active at a time. If a VM is already running, podman machine start returns an error.

podman machine start starts a Linux virtual machine where containers are run.



Print usage statement.


Suppress informational tips.

--quiet, -q

Suppress machine starting status output.


Start the specified podman machine.

$ podman machine start myvm

See Also

podman(1), podman-machine(1)


March 2021, Originally compiled by Ashley Cui acui@redhat.com ⟨mailto:acui@redhat.com⟩

Referenced By


The man page docker-machine-start(1) is an alias of podman-machine-start(1).