I have Mac Book Pro running macOS High Sierra (10.13.5). I want to run Ubuntu in a virtual machine so that I can ultimately run it as a Kubernetes node.

I realise I could use a Type-2 / Hosted Hypervisor such as Virtual Box to do this. I was just wondering if there was a Type-1 / Native one I could use for OS X? In other words what is the Hyper-V equivalent for OS X? And is this possible or do I just use Virtual Box and be done with it?

  • If you need to run only one application with Ubuntu, I recommend using Docker.
    – user255044
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 12:34
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    See this related answer: apple.stackexchange.com/a/259376/119271 Personally, I would go with VirtualBox.
    – Allan
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 12:41
  • @pixelomer I plan to run the Ubuntu VM as a kubernetes node into an already running cluster. So yes Docker is part of the solution but largely I want to eke out as much k8s performance from inside the VM.
    – TheEdge
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 5:41
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    There are two types of hypervisor, but there's no clear distinction. Try xhyve it is used to run linux for docker on Mac. Commented Jan 27, 2019 at 17:36

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The easiest way to run an Ubuntu virtual machine on macOS is probably to use multipass.

Multipass can launch and run virtual machines and configure them with cloud-init like a public cloud.

Launching the current Ubuntu LTS is as easy as

multipass launch --name foo

Multipass is based on HyperKit (a toolkit for embedding hypervisor capabilities in applications) which is itself based on xhyve (a port of the BSD bhyve hypervisor to macOS) which itself use the Apple Hypervisor framework.

Technically all these hypervisors are type 2 because they run on macOS contrary to type 1 hypervisors which would run on bare metal.

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