Proxmox, a powerful virtualization platform, provides the ideal environment to run and experiment with various operating systems. Ubuntu, a popular Linux distribution, offers a versatile and robust foundation for numerous applications. In this article, we will walk you through the step-by-step process of installing Ubuntu on Proxmox, enabling you to leverage the power of Linux virtualization for your projects and experiments.

Step 1: Preparing for Installation

  1. Download the latest ISO image of Ubuntu from the official website ( that matches your desired version and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
  2. Access the Proxmox web interface by opening a web browser and entering the IP address of your Proxmox host followed by port 8006 (e.g.,
  3. Login using your Proxmox credentials.

Step 2: Creating a New Virtual Machine

  1. In the Proxmox web interface, navigate to the "Create VM" section.
  2. Specify a unique name for your virtual machine and select "Linux" as the operating system.
  3. Choose the appropriate version of Ubuntu from the "Template" dropdown menu.
  4. Configure the desired amount of memory and CPU cores for your virtual machine.
  5. Set the storage to use for your virtual machine, either local or network storage.
  6. Customize other settings such as network, boot order, and display if necessary.
  7. Click "Create" to proceed.

Step 3: Installing Ubuntu on the Virtual Machine

  1. Select the newly created virtual machine and click on the "Console" tab in the Proxmox web interface.
  2. Click the "Power" button to start the virtual machine.
  3. In the console window, you will see the Ubuntu installer. Follow the on-screen instructions to install Ubuntu on your virtual machine.
  4. Choose the language, keyboard layout, and other preferences during the installation process.
  5. Select the disk space allocation method (e.g., Erase disk and install Ubuntu, Something else for manual partitioning, etc.).
  6. Create a username and password for your Ubuntu installation.
  7. Wait for the installation process to complete.

Step 4: Post-Installation Configuration

  1. Once the installation is finished, the virtual machine will reboot.
  2. In the console window, enter your Ubuntu username and password to login.
  3. Update your Ubuntu installation by running the following commands

sudo apt updatesudo apt upgrade

4.  Customize your Ubuntu environment, install additional software, and configure networking as per your requirements.

Step 5: Interacting with Ubuntu Virtual Machine

  1. To access the Ubuntu virtual machine, return to the Proxmox web interface.
  2. Click on the virtual machine name, then select the "Console" tab.
  3. You will be presented with a console window showing the Ubuntu desktop.
  4. Interact with Ubuntu just like you would with a physical machine.

Conclusion: Installing Ubuntu on Proxmox provides you with a versatile and flexible Linux virtualization environment. By following the step-by-step instructions outlined in this guide, you can successfully set up an Ubuntu virtual machine and begin exploring the vast possibilities of this renowned Linux distribution. Whether you are experimenting with new software, developing applications, or seeking to learn more about Linux, Proxmox's virtualization capabilities combined with Ubuntu's robust features offer an exceptional platform for your projects and endeavors. Start harnessing the power of Ubuntu on Proxmox and unlock a world of Linux-based possibilities.

Techie Mike
Techie Mike
Self-taught techie, with a passion for computers and all the cool things you can do with them. Techie Mike, B.Eng. B.Sc.
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