How to work with different projects

If you have more projects than just the default project, you must make sure to use or address the correct project when working with Incus.


If you have projects that are confined to specific users, only users with full access to Incus can see all projects.

Users without full access can only see information for the projects to which they have access.

List projects

To list all projects (that you have permission to see), enter the following command:

incus project list

By default, the output is presented as a list:

user@host:~$ incus project list
+----------------------+--------+----------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+---------------+---------------------+---------+|      NAME            | IMAGES | PROFILES | STORAGE VOLUMES | STORAGE BUCKETS | NETWORKS | NETWORK ZONES |     DESCRIPTION     | USED BY |+----------------------+--------+----------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+---------------+---------------------+---------+| default              | YES    | YES      | YES             | YES             | YES      | YES           | Default Incus project | 19      |+----------------------+--------+----------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+---------------+---------------------+---------+| my-project (current) | YES    | NO       | NO              | NO              | YES      | YES           |                     | 0       |+----------------------+--------+----------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+---------------+---------------------+---------+

You can request a different output format by adding the --format flag. See incus project list --help for more information.

Switch projects

By default, all commands that you issue in Incus affect the project that you are currently using. To see which project you are in, use the incus project list command.

To switch to a different project, enter the following command:

incus project switch <project_name>

Target a project

Instead of switching to a different project, you can target a specific project when running a command. Many Incus commands support the --project flag to run an action in a different project.


You can target only projects that you have permission for.

The following sections give some typical examples where you would typically target a project instead of switching to it.

List instances in a project

To list the instances in a specific project, add the --project flag to the incus list command. For example:

incus list --project my-project

Move an instance to another project

To move an instance from one project to another, enter the following command:

incus move <instance_name> <new_instance_name> --project <source_project> --target-project <target_project>

You can keep the same instance name if no instance with that name exists in the target project.

For example, to move the instance my-instance from the default project to my-project and keep the instance name, enter the following command:

incus move my-instance my-instance --project default --target-project my-project

Copy a profile to another project

If you create a project with the default settings, profiles are isolated in the project (features.profiles is set to true). Therefore, the project does not have access to the default profile (which is part of the default project), and you will see an error similar to the following when trying to create an instance:

user@host:~$ incus launch images:ubuntu/22.04 my-instance
Creating my-instanceError: Failed instance creation: Failed creating instance record: Failed initializing instance: Failed getting root disk: No root device could be found

To fix this, you can copy the contents of the default project’s default profile into the current project’s default profile. To do so, enter the following command:

incus profile show default --project default | incus profile edit default