This tutorial will show you how you can run 64bit Ubuntu Linux Virtual Machines on a Apple Mac M1 arm64 architecture macbook using UTM.

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Installation

Head over to their documentation and download the UTM.dmg file and install it, once it is installed and you have opened UTM, you should see this screen:

Creating a Virtual Machine

In my case I would like to run a Ubuntu VM, so head over to the Ubuntu Server Download page and download the version of choice, I will be downloading Ubuntu Server 22.04, once you have your ISO image downloaded, you can head over to the next step which is to “Create a New Virtual Machine”:

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I will select “Emulate” as I want to run a amd64 bit architecture, then select “Linux”:

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In the next step we want to select the Ubuntu ISO image that we downloaded, which we want to use to boot our VM from:

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Browse and select the image that you downloaded, once you selected it, it should show something like this:

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Select continue, then select the architecture to x86_64, the system I kept on defaults and the memory I have set to 2048MB and cores to 2 but that is just my preference:

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The next screen is to configure storage, as this is for testing I am setting mine to 8GB:

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The next screen is shared directories, this is purely optional, I have created a directory for this:

mkdir ~/utm

Which I’ve then defined for a shared directory, but this depends if you need to have shared directories from your local workstation.

The next screen is a summary of your choices and you can name your vm here:

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Once you are happy select save, and you should see something like this:

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You can then select the play button to start your VM.

The console should appear and you can select install or try this vm:

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This will start the installation process of a Linux Server:

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Here you can select the options that you would like, I would just recommend to ensure that you select Install OpenSSH Server so that you can connect to your VM via SSH.

Once you get to this screen:

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The installation process is busy and you will have to wait a couple of minutes for it to complete. Once you see the following screen the installation is complete:

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On the right hand side select the circle, then select CD/DVD and select the ubuntu iso and select eject:

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Starting your VM

Then power off the guest and power on again, then you should get a console login, then you can proceed to login, and view the ip address:

SSH to your VM

Now from your terminal you should be able to ssh to the VM:

We can also verify that we are running a 64bit vm, by running uname --processor:

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