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Installing the Podman Preset with OpenShift Local

On Windows, running the Podman container engine requires running a Linux distribution on a virtual machine.

Consider installing the Podman Preset in OpenShift Local rather than installing Podman with Podman Desktop when you require one of following:

  • No WSL 2
  • Full control on the HyperV virtual machine
  • User without administrator privileges
  • VPN
  • Windows 10


  • The user is a member of the Hyper-V Administrators group. The user can add a virtual machine, start or stop this virtual machine, and access the resources related to this virtual machine.
  • Windows 10 version 1709 or later, Enterprise or Professional edition, or Windows 11, Enterprise or Professional edition


  1. Install OpenShift Local

  2. Select the Podman container runtime preset:

    $ crc config set preset podman
  3. Set up your host machine for Red Hat OpenShift Local:

    $ crc setup
  4. Start the Red Hat OpenShift instance:

    $ crc start

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