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Docker Machine driver plugin for Vultr

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Provision Vultr cloud instances using the docker-machine command line tool.


You need to have installed Docker Machine v0.5.1 or later.

Download the Vultr driver matching your platform from the release page.

If you are running on macOS:

$ curl -L`uname -s`-`uname -m` \
  -o /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-vultr && chmod +x /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-vultr

If you are running on Linux:

$ curl -L`uname -s`-`uname -m` \
  -o /tmp/docker-machine-driver-vultr && chmod +x /tmp/docker-machine-driver-vultr &&
  sudo cp /tmp/docker-machine-driver-vultr /usr/local/bin/docker-machine-driver-vultr

Otherwise, download the binary from the release page directly.

Usage instructions

Grab your API key from the Vultr control panel and pass that to docker-machine create with the --vultr-api-key option.

Example for creating a new machine running RancherOS:

docker-machine create --driver vultr --vultr-api-key=abc123 rancheros-machine

Example for creating a new machine running Ubuntu 16.04:

docker-machine create --driver vultr --vultr-api-key=abc123 --vultr-os-id=215 ubuntu-machine

Command line flags:

  • --vultr-api-key: required Your Vultr API key.
  • --vultr-ssh-user: SSH username.
  • --vultr-region-id: Region the VPS will be created in (DCID). See available Region IDs.
  • --vultr-plan-id: Plan to use for this VPS (VPSPLANID). See available Plan IDs.
  • --vultr-os-id: Operating system ID to use (OSID). See available OS IDs.
  • --vultr-ros-version: RancherOS version to use if an OSID was not specified (e.g. 'v1.0.1', 'latest').
  • --vultr-pxe-script: PXE script ID. Requires the 'Custom OS' ('--vultr-os-id=159')
  • --vultr-boot-script: Boot script ID. Mutually exclusive of '--vultr-pxe-script'.
  • --vultr-ssh-key-id: Use an existing SSH key in your Vultr account instead of generating a new one.
  • --vultr-ipv6: Enable IPv6 support for the VPS.
  • --vultr-private-networking: Enable private networking support for the VPS.
  • --vultr-backups: Enable automatic backups for the VPS.
  • --vultr-userdata: Path to file with cloud-init user-data.
  • --vultr-snapshot-id: ID of an existing Snapshot in your Vultr account.
  • --vultr-reserved-ip: ID of a reserved IP in your Vultr account.
  • --vultr-tag: Tag to assign to the VPS.
  • --vultr-firewall-group: ID of existing firewall group to assign.
  • --vultr-api-endpoint: Override default Vultr API endpoint URL.

If the OS ID is not specified, RancherOS will be used as operating system for the instance. You can select a specific RancherOS version by specifying the --vultr-ros-version flag.

PXE deployment

You can boot a custom OS using a PXE boot script that you created in your Vultr account panel by passing it's ID with the --vultr-pxe-script flag and setting --vultr-os-id to 159. The operating system must support cloud-init and be configured to use the ec2 datasource type.

Environment variables and default values:

CLI option Environment variable Default
--vultr-api-key VULTR_API_KEY -
--vultr-ssh-user VULTR_SSH_USER root
--vultr-region-id VULTR_REGION 1 (New Jersey)
--vultr-plan-id VULTR_PLAN 201 (1024 MB, 25 GB SSD)
--vultr-os-id VULTR_OS -
--vultr-ros-version VULTR_ROS_VERSION v1.0.2
--vultr-pxe-script VULTR_PXE_SCRIPT -
--vultr-boot-script VULTR_BOOT_SCRIPT -
--vultr-ssh-key-id VULTR_SSH_KEY -
--vultr-ipv6 VULTR_IPV6 false
--vultr-private-networking VULTR_PRIVATE_NETWORKING false
--vultr-backups VULTR_BACKUPS false
--vultr-userdata VULTR_USERDATA -
--vultr-snapshot-id VULTR_SNAPSHOT -
--vultr-reserved-ip VULTR_RESERVED_IP -
--vultr-tag VULTR_TAG -
--vultr-firewall-group VULTR_FIREWALL_GROUP -
--vultr-api-endpoint VULTR_API_ENDPOINT -

Find available plans for all Vultr locations

Check out for a live listing of the available plans per region. Get the corresponding --vultr-region-id and --vultr-plan-id parameters with the click of a button.

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