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Endymion is a command-line tool that checks if the specified Vagrant boxes can be downloaded from Hashicorp's Atlas. In the case of the official CentOS Linux images for Vagrant, it will also check if the images correspond to the version listed on Atlas.


Endymion doesn't have any external dependencies outside of the Python standard library, so it shouldn't pose any problems to install it directly. You can also install it in a virtualenv if you prefer.

If you only plan to use Endymion, the simplest way is to install it from PyPI:

$ pip install endymion

Developers can also run the development version:

$ git clone
$ git checkout python3 # only if you use Python 3.x
$ pip install -e .


Checking links

By default, endymion checks the latest version of the boxes provided as arguments, displaying any errors:

$ endymion centos/6 centos/7

Use -v to see more details (-vv to also show the redirects):

$ endymion -v centos/6
INFO:root: OK
INFO:root: OK
INFO:root: OK
INFO:root: OK

If you want to check all versions available on Atlas, use --all (not recommended for day-to-day use because of the large number of requests to Atlas, for boxes with many versions).

The return code will be 0 if no errors were found, and non-zero otherwise.

Exporting Atlas data as JSON

If you would like to export the existing metadata from Atlas, use the --export option. Endymion expects to find the SHA256 checksum files in the same directory, named after the corresponding image (e.g. centos_7.sha256sum.txt for centos/7); since Atlas typically has no checksum information in the metadata, the checksums will be read from these external files and inserted in the generated JSON metadata.

$ endymion --export centos/6 centos/7


  • endymion uses the HEAD method of HTTP 1.1 to check the availability of the boxes without downloading them. This usually works with external boxes like the ones provided by CentOS or Fedora, but it will fail with 405 Method Not Allowed for boxes hosted by Hashicorp; using GET with a Content-range header produces the same response.
  • The CentOS project provides GnuPG-signed SHA256 checksums, but endymion doesn't try to validate them (this would require downloading each variant of a box)

Supported Python versions

Both Python 2.7 and Python 3.x are supported, although they have different codebases:

  • The master branch contains the Python 2.7 source code
  • The python3 branch, unsurprisingly, only runs under Python 3.x (instead of unifying the two code bases, I decided to convert the Python 2.7 code to Python 3, to avoid needlessly complicating the code to support both versions in the long term; if CentOS Linux 8 will default to Python 3, I can just move the Python 3 code to master).

If you are a regular user, this doesn't matter: pip install endymion will always install the right package for your Python version.


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