Setting Up Linux Containers (LXD) on CentOS

This comprehensive guide will walk you through the process of installing and configuring Linux containers using LXD on CentOS. Linux containers offer an efficient way to virtualize applications, providing lightweight and secure environments for running your software. CentOS, known for its stability and long-term support, is an ideal host for these containers, especially when consistent performance and security are crucial.


Before you begin, ensure that your system meets the following requirements:

Installing LXD on CentOS

To install LXD, you need to enable the EPEL repository and install the snap package manager. Follow these steps:

  1. Install the EPEL repository:
  2. sudo yum install epel-release
  3. Install Snapd:
  4. sudo yum install snapd
  5. Enable the snapd socket:
  6. sudo systemctl enable --now snapd.socket
  7. Create a symbolic link if you are on CentOS 8:
  8. sudo ln -s /var/lib/snapd/snap /snap
  9. Install LXD:
  10. sudo snap install lxd

Initializing LXD

After installation, you need to initialize LXD:

sudo lxd init

Follow the prompts to configure storage and networking as per your requirements. The default settings are typically sufficient for most users.

Creating and Managing Containers

With LXD installed, you can start creating and managing your containers. Here's how to create a new container:

lxc launch images:centos/8 my-container

This command pulls a CentOS 8 image from the official LXD image server and launches a new container named my-container.

Accessing Your Containers

To access your containers, use the following command:

lxc exec my-container -- /bin/bash

This command opens a Bash shell in my-container, allowing you to run commands inside the container just like a regular CentOS system.

Keeping Containers Up-to-Date

Keeping your containers updated is crucial for security and stability. Update your container's packages regularly:

lxc exec my-container -- yum update

Integrating with LinuxPatch

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By following this guide, you can effectively set up and manage Linux containers on your CentOS system. Containers provide a flexible and isolated environment for hosting applications, which can be especially beneficial in production and development settings. Remember to keep your containers updated and consider leveraging a dedicated patch management tool like LinuxPatch for better security and efficiency.