How to access the LXD web UI


The LXD web UI is available as part of the LXD snap.

See the LXD-UI GitHub repository for the source code.

Graphical console of an instance in the LXD web UI

Graphical console of an instance in the LXD web UI

The LXD web UI provides you with a graphical interface to manage your LXD server and instances. It does not provide full functionality yet, but it is constantly evolving, already covering many of the features of the LXD command-line client.

Complete the following steps to access the LXD web UI:

  1. Make sure that your LXD server is exposed to the network. You can expose the server during initialization, or afterwards by setting the core.https_address server configuration option.

  2. Access the UI in your browser by entering the server address (for example,

    If you have not set up a secure TLS server certificate, LXD uses a self-signed certificate, which will cause a security warning in your browser. Use your browser’s mechanism to continue despite the security warning.

    Example for a security warning in Chrome
  3. Set up the certificates that are required for the UI client to authenticate with the LXD server by following the steps presented in the UI. These steps include creating a set of certificates, adding the private key to your browser, and adding the public key to the server’s trust store.

    See Remote API authentication for more information.

    Instructions for setting up certificates for the UI

After setting up the certificates, you can start creating instances, editing profiles, or configuring your server.

Enable or disable the UI

The snap configuration option lxd ui.enable controls whether the UI is enabled for LXD.

Starting with LXD 5.21, the UI is enabled by default. If you want to disable it, set the option to false:

sudo snap set lxd ui.enable=false
sudo systemctl reload snap.lxd.daemon

To enable it again, or to enable it for older LXD versions (that include the UI), set the option to true:

sudo snap set lxd ui.enable=true
sudo systemctl reload snap.lxd.daemon