LXD supports different network types for Managed networks.

Fully controlled networks

Fully controlled networks create network interfaces and provide most functionality, including, for example, the ability to do IP management.

LXD supports the following network types:

External networks

External networks use network interfaces that already exist. Therefore, LXD has limited possibility to control them, and LXD features like network ACLs, network forwards and network zones are not supported.

The main purpose for using external networks is to provide an uplink network through a parent interface. This external network specifies the presets to use when connecting instances or other networks to a parent interface.

LXD supports the following external network types: