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System container image builder for LXC and LXD


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Command line options

The following are the command line options of distrobuilder. You can use distrobuilder to create container images for both LXC and LXD.

$ distrobuilder
System container image builder for LXC and LXD

  distrobuilder [command]

Available Commands:
  build-dir      Build plain rootfs
  build-lxc      Build LXC image from scratch
  build-lxd      Build LXD image from scratch
  help           Help about any command
  pack-lxc       Create LXC image from existing rootfs
  pack-lxd       Create LXD image from existing rootfs
  repack-windows Repack Windows ISO with drivers included

      --cache-dir         Cache directory
      --cleanup           Clean up cache directory (default true)
      --debug             Enable debug output
      --disable-overlay   Disable the use of filesystem overlays
  -h, --help              help for distrobuilder
  -o, --options           Override options (list of key=value)
  -t, --timeout           Timeout in seconds
      --version           Print version number

Use "distrobuilder [command] --help" for more information about a command.

Installing from package

distrobuilder is available from the Snap Store.

sudo snap install distrobuilder --classic

Installing from source

To compile distrobuilder from source, first install the Go programming language, and some other dependencies.

  • Debian-based:
    sudo apt update
    sudo apt install -y golang-go debootstrap rsync gpg squashfs-tools git
  • ArchLinux-based:
    sudo pacman -Syu
    sudo pacman -S go debootstrap rsync gnupg squashfs-tools git --needed

Second, download the source code of the distrobuilder repository (this repository).

git clone

Third, enter the directory with the source code of distrobuilder and run make to compile the source code. This will generate the executable program distrobuilder, and it will be located at $HOME/go/bin/distrobuilder.

cd ./distrobuilder

Finally, you can run distrobuilder as follows. You may also add to your $PATH the directory $HOME/go/bin/ so that you do not need to run the command with the full path.


How to use

See How to use distrobuilder for instructions.


See Troubleshoot distrobuilder.