AmberBox is a ready-to-start-developing-in-rails Vagrant box
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AmberBox is a ready-to-start-developing-in-rails Vagrant box.

What is included?

  1. RVM & rubies: 1.9.3, 1.9.2, 1.8.7
  2. Databases: MySQL, PostgreSQL, mongodb, redis-server
  3. ZSH + Oh-my-zsh config
  4. tmux, screen
  5. Vim + Janus
  6. Firefox 14, Xvfb - for running your Selenium tests

Some default configuration:

  • forwards localhost:3000 to port 3000 at virtual machine
  • sets networking in network (VM is
  • enables X11 forwarding (if you want to run selenium from within VM)
  • cool AmberBit motd

Steps to get it up and running:

  1. Install VirtualBox 4.2 from here:
  2. Install Vagrant from here: or as a ruby gem: gem install vagrant
  3. Add amberbox Vagrant box to your local library of boxes

    $ vagrant box add amberbox

This requires downloading 829 MB box file. After this step, you should
have 'amberbox' box installed in your system, and you can init your development boxes from it.

  1. Create virtual machine for your project


 $ mkdir my_project_name && cd my_project_name
 $ vagrant init amberbox
 $ vagrant up
 $ vagrant ssh

Modifying Vagrantfile:

The box has defaults that might not suit you. For example, it gives by default up to 2GB of your RAM for the VM. Settings I customized, that you most likely want to tweak in Vagrantfile are

config.vm.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--memory", 2048] :hostonly, ""
config.ssh.forward_x11 = true
config.vm.forward_port 3000, 3000


Brought to you by AmberBit Ruby on Rails development team (

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