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Creating a Mininet VM from a Clean OS Installation

These instructions cover the process of building a Mininet-capable VM from a clean VM installation, using Ubuntu. After completing these setup instructions, see VM-Setup-Notes to set up your VM.

Note: If you need to install on distribution other than Ubuntu or Fedora, you are currently on your own, but it should not be hard to get Mininet to work if you install all of its dependencies.

First, create a new VM (using VMware, VirtualBox, etc..)

To keep the VM smaller, use the server variant. For 2.0.0, we used 64-bit images, and specifically ubuntu-12.10-server-amd64.iso, which can be downloaded from the Ubuntu Quantal page. (You can also use later versions of Ubuntu, Ubuntu desktop, a 32-bit/i386 version, or Lubuntu, etc..)

The Mininet VM uses username: mininet and password: mininet, but any user/password combo should work as long as it has admin/sudo privileges.

Next, log in to the new VM and do the following:

time bash

After this completes (about 10 minutes), Mininet should work:

$ sudo mn --test pingall

That's it!

For historical reference, we have also preserved the Old VM Creation Notes.

How we created the Mininet 2.1.0 VM Images

For Mininet 2.1.0, we used the new Automated VM Creation and Testing script,, which creates VM images using kvm or qemu.

~/mininet/util/vm/ raring32server
~/mininet/util/vm/ raring64server

The time it takes for each VM to be created will vary depending on how many things need to be downloaded and other factors. On our slow VM server, this takes 45 minutes or more. If there is already an existing base image, it takes about 12 minutes on my laptop using nested virtualization. The nice thing about this approach is it is a single command to create a zipped .ovf file which can be imported into the virtual machine monitor of your choice.

How we created the Mininet 2.0.0 VM Image

In the future, these steps will be automated, but for now there are several manual steps.

  1. Created a new VM mininet-vm in VMware using the Ubuntu 12.10 server amd64 image with easy install, and mininet for all user information and passwords.

  2. Customized it by increasing the memory to 1536 MB and naming it mininet-vm

  3. Booted mininet-vm and let easy install complete (~5min)

  4. Ran the following commands (~4min):

     time bash
     sudo mn --test pingall
  5. Shut down and ran the following (~3min):

    Note: This assumes you're running on a Mac with the VMware OVF Tool installed!!

     echo "*** Converting to OVF"
     time /Applications/VMware\ OVF\ Tool/ovftool mininet-vm.vmx mininet-vm.ovf
     echo "*** Fixing OVF so it works with VirtualBox" 
     sed -i -e '/vmw:Config/d' mininet-vm.ovf
     echo "*** Updating SHA1 checksums"
     openssl sha1 mininet-vm.ovf mininet-vm-disk1.vmdk >
     echo "*** Moving OVF to its own directory"
     mkdir mininet-ovf
     mv mininet-vm-disk1.vmdk mininet-vm.{mf,ovf} mininet-ovf
     echo "*** Zipping OVF"
     zip -r mininet-ovf mininet-ovf
  6. Uploaded to (~10min)

    File to upload:
    Short Description: Mininet 2.0.0 VM - Ubuntu 12.10 server 64-bit - OVF - 11.30.12

    While I was waiting for the download, I extracted the zip archive and verified that I could import it and run in VirtualBox.

  7. Downloaded from (~10min)

  8. Unzipped and imported into VirtualBox (~3min)

  9. Booted, logged in, and tested with

    sudo mn --test pingall
  10. Profit!

I didn't do the following:

  1. Removed DHCP leases

     cd /var/lib/dhcp/
     rm *lease*

    This may not be the right thing to do, as it causes the VirtualBox VM boot to hang for 60+ seconds at "waiting for network configuration."

  2. Shut down VM and added an additional private (host-only) network interface.

    This also didn't seem to work as the OVF was imported into VirtualBox with only one interface.

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