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Create a new toolbox container


toolbox create [--distro DISTRO | -d DISTRO]
              [--image NAME | -i NAME]
              [--release RELEASE | -r RELEASE]


Creates a new toolbox container. You can then use the toolbox enter command to interact with the container at any point.

A toolbox container is an OCI container created from an OCI image. On Fedora, the default image is known as fedora-toolbox:N, where N is the release of the host. If the image is not present locally, then it is pulled from a well-known registry like The container is created with podman create, and its entry point is set to toolbox init-container.

By default, toolbox containers are named after their corresponding images. If the image had a tag, then the tag is included in the name of the container, but it's separated by a hyphen, not a colon. A different name can be assigned by using the CONTAINER argument.

Entry Point

A key feature of toolbox containers is their entry point, the toolbox init-container command.

OCI containers are inherently immutable. Configuration options passed through podman create are baked into the definition of the OCI container, and can't be changed later. This means that changes and improvements made in newer versions of Toolbox can't be applied to pre-existing toolbox containers created by older versions of Toolbox. This is avoided by using the entry point to configure the container at runtime.

The entry point of a toolbox container customizes the container to fit the current user by ensuring that it has a user that matches the one on the host. It ensures that configuration files, such as /etc/host.conf, /etc/hosts, /etc/localtime, /etc/resolv.conf and /etc/timezone, inside the container are kept synchronized with the host. The entry point also bind mounts various subsets of the host's filesystem hierarchy to their corresponding locations inside the container to provide seamless integration with the host. This includes /run/libvirt, /run/systemd/journal, /run/udev/data, /var/lib/libvirt, /var/lib/systemd/coredump, /var/log/journal and others.

On some host operating systems, important paths like /home, /media or /mnt are symbolic links to other locations. The entry point ensures that paths inside the container match those on the host, to avoid needless confusion.


The following options are understood:


Create a toolbox container for a different operating system DISTRO than the host. Cannot be used with --image.


Change the NAME of the base image used to create the toolbox container. This is useful for creating containers from custom-built base images. Cannot be used used with --release.


Create a toolbox container for a different operating system RELEASE than the host. Cannot be used with --image.


Create a toolbox container using the default image matching the host OS

$ toolbox create

Create a toolbox container using the default image for Fedora 30

$ toolbox create --distro fedora --release f30

Create a custom toolbox container from a custom image

$ toolbox create --image bar foo

See Also

buildah(1), podman(1)

Referenced By