Variants, cloud vs default

I’ve noticed that for the images provided by there seems to be a ‘default’ and a ‘cloud’ variant of pretty much every image. What is the difference between these? I’ve done a bunch of searching but haven’t found anything about this.

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Cloud images will support cloud-init

The standard ones wont

There may be more differences i am unaware off

Nope, that’s pretty much it. That variant includes cloud-init and the required template files to have cloud-init run on startup.

Okay great. Is this mentioned anywhere? When you start googling around for “lxd cloud-init” most of the pages that some up explicitly mention that the images provided by don’t support cloud-init out of the box. Seems like that has changed.

Its a relativly new change

I write a quick post about this at