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Installing the Podman Preset with OpenShift Local on Windows

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 the OpenShift Local extension.

  2. Install OpenShift Local.

  3. Select the Podman container runtime preset:

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

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

    $ crc start

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