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podman-machine-list - List virtual machines


podman machine list [options]

podman machine ls [options]


List Podman managed virtual machines.

Podman on MacOS and Windows requires a virtual machine. This is because containers are Linux - containers do not run on any other OS because containers' core functionality are tied to the Linux kernel. Podman machine must be used to manage MacOS and Windows machines, but can be optionally used on Linux.

Rootless only.

NOTE: The podman-machine configuration file is managed under the $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/containers/podman/machine/ directory. Changing the $XDG_CONFIG_HOME environment variable while the machines are running can lead to unexpected behavior. (see podman(1))



Change the default output format. This can be of a supported type like 'json' or a Go template. Valid placeholders for the Go template are listed below:

Placeholder Description
.CPUs Number of CPUs
.Created Time since VM creation
.Default Is default machine
.DiskSize Disk size of machine
.IdentityPath Path to ssh identity file
.LastUp Time since the VM was last run
.Memory Allocated memory for machine
.Name VM name
.Port SSH Port to use to connect to VM
.RemoteUsername VM Username for rootless Podman
.Running Is machine running
.Stream Stream name
.UserModeNetworking Whether machine uses user-mode networking
.VMType VM type


Print usage statement.

--noheading, -n

Omit the table headings from the listing.

--quiet, -q

Only print the name of the machine. This also implies no table heading is printed.


List all Podman machines.

$ podman machine list
NAME                    VM TYPE     CREATED      LAST UP      CPUS        MEMORY      DISK SIZE
podman-machine-default  qemu        2 weeks ago  2 weeks ago  1           2.147GB     10.74GB

List all Podman machines using the specified table format.

$ podman machine ls --format "table {{.Name}}\t{{.VMType}}\t{{.Created}}\t{{.LastUp}}"
NAME                    VM TYPE     CREATED      LAST UP
podman-machine-default  qemu        2 weeks ago  2 weeks ago

List all Podman machines in json format.

$ podman machine ls --format json

"Name": "podman-machine-default",
"Default": false,
"Created": "2021-12-27T10:36:14.373347492-05:00",
"Running": false,
"LastUp": "2021-12-27T11:22:50.17333371-05:00",
"Stream": "default",
"VMType": "qemu",
"CPUs": 1,
"Memory": "2147483648",
"DiskSize": "10737418240"
} ]


podman(1), podman-machine(1)


March 2021, Originally compiled by Ashley Cui ⟨⟩