Profiles can store any configuration that an instance can (key/value or devices) and any number of profiles can be applied to an instance.

Profiles are applied in the order they are specified so the last profile to specify a specific key wins.

In any case, instance-specific configuration always overrides that coming from the profiles.

Default profile#

If not present, LXD will create a default profile. The default profile cannot be renamed or removed. The default profile is set for any new instance created which doesn’t specify a different profiles list.


As profiles aren’t specific to containers or virtual machines, they may contain configuration and devices that are valid for either type.

This differs from the behavior when applying those config/devices directly to an instance where its type is then taken into consideration and keys that aren’t allowed result in an error.

See instance configuration for valid configuration options.