Provisioning Fedora CoreOS on Exoscale

This guide shows how to provision new Fedora CoreOS (FCOS) instances on Exoscale Cloud Hosting.


Before provisioning an FCOS machine, you must have an Ignition configuration file containing your customizations. If you do not have one, see Producing an Ignition File.

If you do not want to use Ignition to get started, you can make use of the Afterburn support and provide an SSH key via the cloud provider and continue from there.

You also need to have access to an Exoscale account. Register if you don’t have one.

About images

Fedora CoreOS images are periodically updated by Exoscale on their platform. The future goal is to have an Exoscale FCOS link in the Cloud Lauchable section, to be updated at every release.

Launching a VM instance (Web Portal)

You can provision a FCOS instance using the Exoscale Web Portal. Then you can choose your FCOS version and follow the instance creation wizard.

If you just want SSH access and no further customization, you don’t need to pass any custom instance user-data. Depending on your Exoscale Organization, relevant SSH public keys will be automatically added to the VM. This provides an easy way to test out FCOS without first creating an Ignition config.

If you need to apply any customization, you can provide an Ignition configuration as user-data when creating a new machine instance.

Launching a VM instance (CLI)

If you prefer to use a CLI you can provision an FCOS instance using the Exoscale CLI.

Launching a new instance with Exoscale CLI
exo vm create "${VM_NAME}" \
    --template "Linux Fedora CoreOS 32 64-bit" \
    --keypair "my_key_name" \
    --cloud-init-file "path/to/ignition-file.ign" # Optional, if you want to launch a customized FCOS instance.
SSH to the instance
exo ssh "${VM_NAME}"

Uploading an FCOS image as a custom Template

Exoscale provides custom Template to be able to upload any cloud image.

Download the QCOW2 image with coreos-installer
coreos-installer download -s "${STREAM}" -p exoscale -f qcow2.xz

Alternatively, QCOW2 images can be manually downloaded from the download page.

Uncompress the file
unxz "fedora-coreos-$VERSION-exoscale.x86_64.qcow2.xz"

You need to resize the image virtual size to 10G.

Resize image virtual size with qemu-img
qemu-img resize "fedora-coreos-$VERSION-exoscale.x86_64.qcow2" +2G

Then you need to register your custom Template from the Web Portal or the Exoscale CLI.

Once it is done, you can use it like an official Exoscale Template Image.