Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing virtualized development environments.
By providing automated creation and provisioning of virtual machines using Sun’s VirtualBox, Vagrant provides the tools to create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable virtual environments. For more information, see the part of the getting started guide on ”Why Vagrant?”
First, make sure your development machine has VirtualBox installed. The setup from that point forward is very easy, since Vagrant is simply a rubygem.
sudo gem install vagrant
To build your first virtual environment:
vagrant init vagrant box add base http://files.vagrantup.com/base.box vagrant up
Getting Started Guide and Video
To learn how to build a fully functional rails development environment, view the getting started guide.
There is also a fairly short (12 minute) getting started video which explains how to build a fully functional LAMP development environment, which covers a few parts of Vagrant in more detail than the website guide.
Installing the Gem from Git
If you want the bleeding edge version of Vagrant, we try to keep master pretty stable and you're welcome to give it a shot. The following is an example showing how to do this:
rake build sudo rake install
Contributing to Vagrant
To hack on vagrant, you'll need bundler which can
be installed with a simple
sudo gem install bundler. Afterwords, do the following:
bundle install rake
This will run the test suite, which should come back all green! Then you're good to go!