Default image server#

The incus CLI command comes pre-configured with the following default remote image server:


This server provides unofficial images for a variety of Linux distributions. The images are maintained by the Linux Containers team and are built to be compact and minimal.

See for an overview of available images.

Additional image servers can be added through incus remote add.

Image server types#

Incus supports the following types of remote image servers:

Simple streams servers

Pure image servers that use the simple streams format. No special software is required to run such a server as it’s only made of static files. The default images: server uses simplestreams.

Public Incus servers

Incus servers that are used solely to serve images and do not run instances themselves.

To make an Incus server publicly available over the network on port 8443, set the core.https_address configuration option to :8443 and do not configure any authentication methods (see How to expose Incus to the network for more information). Then set the images that you want to share to public.

Incus servers

Regular Incus servers that you can manage over a network, and that can also be used as image servers.

For security reasons, you should restrict the access to the remote API and configure an authentication method to control access. See How to expose Incus to the network and Remote API authentication for more information.

Tooling to manage a simplestreams server#

Incus includes a tool called incus-simplestreams which can be used to manage a file system tree using the Simple streams format.

It supports importing either a container (squashfs) or virtual-machine (qcow2) image with incus-simplestreams add, list all images available as well as their fingerprints with incus-simplestreams list and remove images from the server with incus-simplestreams remove.

That file system tree must then be placed on a regular web server which supports HTTPS with a valid certificate.

When importing an image that doesn’t come with an Incus metadata tarball, the incus-simplestreams generate-metadata command can be used to generate a new basic metadata tarball from a few questions.