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Creating a VM


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Creating and accessing VMs is fundamental to Crusoe Cloud. You can create VMs via the CLI or UI:

Use the compute vms create command to create a VM of your choice. As an example, you can create a VM that uses a single Nvidia A40 GPU:

crusoe compute vms create \
--name my-vm \
--type a40.1x \
--keyfile ~/.ssh/

name, type, and keyfile are required arguments. You can find the available machine types via the vm types command.


Crusoe Cloud supports all SSH public key formats that are accepted by OpenSSH. These include:

For more information on the authorized key format please see the OpenSSH docs.

Access the VM via SSH

If VM creation succeeds, the VM will start and you will be provided with an IP address for you to SSH into:

ssh root@<ip> # or ubuntu@, for supported images

VMs in the us-northcentral location currently use the root user, while VMs in us-east1 currently use the ubuntu user. In the near future, we will use the default user for the underlying OS, typically ubuntu.


Note: It may take several minutes for the VM to start, and you may get Connection Refused errors until the VM starts. If you get an error immediately after creating or starting a VM, wait a minute or two and try again.

If VM creation fails or you are otherwise unable to access a running VM, ensure that you have billing enabled and that you have installed and configured the CLI properly. If you have successfully completed these steps, please contact support.