CLI Image Management

This is a list of image management tasks to perform with the MAAS CLI. See MAAS CLI on how to get started.

See Images for an overview of images.

List boot sources

To list boot sources, that is, the locations where images (boot resources) may be downloaded from:

maas $PROFILE boot-sources read

Note: Although multiple boot sources may be listed, MAAS can only practically work with a single boot source.

Select images

Use the boot-source-selections command to select images from a boot source. After selecting new images, you will need to import them.

maas $PROFILE boot-source-selections create $SOURCE_ID \
    os="ubuntu" release="$SERIES" arches="$ARCH" \
    subarches="$KERNEL" labels="*"

For example, to select all kernels for 64-bit Trusty from a boot source with an id of '1':

maas $PROFILE boot-source-selections create 1 \
    os="ubuntu" release="trusty" arches="amd64" \
    subarches="*" labels="*"

Hardware enablement (HWE)

For example, to get just the latest amd64 HWE kernel available for Trusty, which, at time of writing, is from Xenial:

maas $PROFILE boot-source-selections create 1 \
    os="ubuntu" release="trusty" arches="amd64" \
    subarches="hwe-x" labels="*"

For Xenial kernels (and starting with MAAS 2.1), notation has changed. To select the latest amd64 HWE kernel available for Xenial:

maas $PROFILE boot-source-selections create 1 \
    os="ubuntu" release="xenial" arches="amd64" \
    subarches="hwe-16.04" labels="*"

List image selections

To list image selections for a boot source:

maas $PROFILE boot-source-selections read $SOURCE_ID

Import newly-selected images

To import newly-selected images (boot resources):

maas $PROFILE boot-resources import

Once newly-selected images are imported a sync mechanism is enabled (by default) to keep them up to date. The refresh time interval is 60 minutes.

Available images resulting from this action are reflected in the web UI.

List currently available images

To list currently available/imported images (boot resources):

maas $PROFILE boot-resources read

Delete a boot source

To delete a boot source (the location where images are downloaded from):

maas $PROFILE boot-source delete $SOURCE_ID

If the boot source that was deleted was the sole boot source then the fields 'Sync URL' and 'Keyring Path' in the web UI will take on null values.

Edit a boot source

An existing boot source can be edited by changing the GPG keyring file ($KEYRING_FILE) and/or the location ($URL).

Update the boot source:

maas $PROFILE boot-source update $SOURCE_ID \
    url=$URL keyring_filename=$KEYRING_FILE

At this time MAAS only fully supports a boot source containing official MAAS images. This implies that a boot source would only be edited if a mirror of such images has been set up. The location can change but the keyring remains constant:


Add a boot source

Note: To avoid unnecessary complexity, you should probably delete any existing boot sources before adding a new one.

Presented below are two use cases for adding a boot source:

  1. Use a local image mirror (official images)
  2. Recreate the default image source (if it was ever deleted)

The general syntax is:

maas $PROFILE boot-sources create \
    url=$URL keyring_filename=$KEYRING_FILE

The output will include a new numeric ID that identifies the boot source ($SOURCE_ID).

Since MAAS can only practically work with a single boot source this scenario implies that any existing sources have first been deleted, or will be deleted. In addition, as is the case with editing a source, the location (URL) is the only acting variable. The only supported keyring is:


If the source that was added is now the sole boot source then the fields 'Sync URL' and 'Keyring Path' in the web UI will reflect its values.

Once the source is added, proceed to the Select and import images step.

Using a local image mirror

Once the mirror is set up according to Local image mirror it is just a matter of specifying the mirror location (URL). Since the images come from the default source the default keyring should be used. If the aforementioned mirror document was followed, the variable values should be:

  • URL=https://$MIRROR/maas/images/ephemeral-v3/daily/
  • KEYRING_FILE=/usr/share/keyrings/ubuntu-cloudimage-keyring.gpg

Where $MIRROR is the mirror server's hostname or IP address.

Recreate the default boot source

Recreate the default boot source if it was ever deleted using the following variable values:

  • URL=
  • KEYRING_FILE=/usr/share/keyrings/ubuntu-cloudimage-keyring.gpg