Yet another cloud provisioning tool trying to impersonate Vagrant.
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Drifter is a cloud provisioning tool inspired by Cloud Envy (which in turn was inspired by Vagrant). Drifter has the following features that (at the time of this writing) were not available in Cloud Envy:

  • Supports multiple instances, each with its own image, flavor, security groups, and other metadata.
  • Supports multiple security groups in your project.
  • Uses Ansible for provisioning rather than trying to implement its own provisioning solution.
  • Processes configuration files with Jinja2 to help automate more complex configurations.


usage: drifter [-h] [--user-config-file USER_CONFIG_FILE]
               [--project-config-file PROJECT_CONFIG_FILE] [--verbose]

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --user-config-file USER_CONFIG_FILE, --config USER_CONFIG_FILE, -f USER_CONFIG_FILE
  --project-config-file PROJECT_CONFIG_FILE
  --verbose, -v

Available commands

  ansible_hosts       Generate output suitable for use as an Ansible
  api                 Start an interactive Python shell with access to the
                      Drifter API.
  down                Shut down all instances.
  hosts               Output a list of hosts in /etc/hosts format.
  provision           Run ansible-playbook against playbook.yml
  sgdown              Delete all security groups.
  sgup                Create all security groups.
  status              Show status of all instances.
  up                  Start all instances.


Drifter -- a cloud provisioning tool
Copyright (C) 2012 Lars Kellogg-Stedman

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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