Installing Anka

How to install the Anka Virtualization software on your macOS

Download and install

You can find the installation packages on the website. Once downloaded, double click the .pkg to start the installation process.

installer with pkg

Nested Virtualization

If you need Nested Virtualization to run Docker inside of the VM, you can find it by clicking the Customize button on the Installation Type stage of the interactive installer.

Or, by adding the applyChoiceChangesXML to the installer command in your terminal: sudo installer -applyChoiceChangesXML nanka.xml -pkg AnkaVirtualization.pkg -target /.


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "">
<plist version="1.0">

Finally, when you generate your base VM Template, be sure to enable it with: anka modify {vmNameOrUUID} set nested 1

Internally, only Docker is supported at this time.

Verify the installation

❯ anka version
Anka version 2.X.X (build XXX)

(alternative) Download and install with your terminal

terminal installation

FULL_FILE_NAME="$(curl -Ls -r 0-1 -o /dev/null -w %{url_effective} | cut -d/ -f4)"
curl -S -L -o ./$FULL_FILE_NAME
sudo installer -pkg $FULL_FILE_NAME -tgt /

What's next?

Last modified April 28, 2021 : removed faqs from guides section (36b5a06) by Nathan Pierce