Quick installation

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This is a quick installation guide for Proxmox VE.

Additionally, we also provide a "how-to" for installation on Debian 10 Buster or Debian 11 Bullseye.

Get the ISO

Download the ISO image and see: Prepare Installation Media.

Minimum requirements, for evaluation

  • CPU: 64bit (Intel EMT64 or AMD64)
  • Intel VT/AMD-V capable CPU/Mainboard for KVM full virtualization support
  • RAM: 1 GB RAM, plus additional RAM needed for guests
  • Hard drive with at least 16 GiB of space, plus additional space needed for guests
  • One network card (NIC)

For more details and recommendations see System Requirements.

Start the installation

See Installation for more details about the options of the installation wizard.

The installer supports mouse and keyboard. The tab key as well as hot keys can be used.

Tutorial legend: Click->I Agree would be pressing a button. IP address:< your host IP> describes an input field's label to enter.

# Boot loader is Keyboard only. Just press 'Enter' to start the installation or use arrow keys for menu navigation.

End user license Agreement ( EULA)

Click -> I agree

Target disk

# For the base system
# you can add other disks or shared storages after the installation

Click -> Next

Location and Time Zone selection

# It's best to have all systems set to the same time zone.  
Country   :< Your Country >
Time zone :< Your time zone >
Keyboard  :< Your Keyboard > 

Click -> Next

Administration Password and Email Address

With a basic installation like this, the web GUI will face the Internet. A Firewall and strong passwords are recommended.

# The email address is used to report the recovery of High Availability services, important package update news, backup notifications (configurable) and other important events.
Password : < Something Strong >
Confirm  : < Something Strong >
E-Mail   : < your email address >

Click -> Next

Network Configuration

# FQDN is required for email server and public facing Web GUI
# A plain host name will have issues when clustering.
# The clusters use /etc/hosts or your DNS for Proxmox host name resolution. 
# The Installer will try to use DHCP for automatic address configuration during install. 
# Make sure to configure your DHCP server to exclude a block of address used by Proxmox VE.
# or reserve the address for the PVE host statically (via MAC)
Hostname (FQDN) : <host.domain.TLD>
IP Address CIDR : < something static >/<netmask>
Gateway         : < default >
DNS Server      : < default >
Click -> Next


You'll see an overview of the settings you choose, verify them to ensure all is OK.

# Once you click the system will start the installation
Click -> Install

(The installer will run with a progress bar)

Installation Successful!

Click ->reboot


From another machine, use your browser and accept the self signed cert used for the Web GUI.


Update your Proxmox VE Server to latest available version

In order to get new features and all security updates and bugfixes you should always update a new ISO install to the latest available packages via GUI updater or via CLI (apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgrade)

For more details about our update services, see Package repositories

Web-based Management

Central Web-based Management

Proxmox VE Cluster

Cluster Manager

Video Tutorials