Sneakers is a simple, fast way to mimick Openminds Shared and Cloud hosting environments using vagrant/virtualbox, and provisioned by Chef.
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This project is no longer maintained. We hope to open source most of our cookbooks later this year and present an alternative for Sneakers.


Sneakers is a simple, fast way to mimic Openminds Shared and Cloud hosting environments. We do this using vagrant/virtualbox provisioned by Chef. You can develop your websites and test it straight on the VM (Virtual Machine) without the need for deploying or doing complex tasks. If your website works in our Sneakers, it should work on our production servers.


Only three, and in that order:

Currently supported

These are the servers we can currently mimick:

  • Cloud hosting PHP 5.3
  • Cloud hosting PHP 5.4
  • Cloud hosting PHP 5.5
  • Cloud hosting Ruby 1.9.3
  • Shared hosting PHP 5.3 (shared-017, shared-019)
  • Shared hosting PHP 5.4 (shared-018, shared-020)
  • Shared hosting PHP 5.5 (shared-021)
  • Shared hosting Ruby 1.9.3 (pro-007, pro-008)

soon(-ish): shared varnish support

Getting started

Clone this repository:

git clone git://

Change directory:

cd sneakers

Copy the config file:

cp config.yml.example config.yml

Edit the config file to represent your apps. You can add as many as you want (as long as your physical memory permits it), this example has two apps:

  app_directory: "/Users/steven/Developer/myapp/"
  type: "php54"
  http_port: 9000
  memory: 1024

  app_directory: "/Users/steven/Developer/myotherapp/"
  type: "ruby193"
  http_port: 9001
  memory: 1024
  • myapp: This will be the name of your VM (unique identifier), change it to whatever makes sense to you.
  • app_directory: The directory your app resides on the host machine (i.e. your laptop)
  • type: Type of app you will use, this can be php53, php54, php55, ruby193, ..
  • http_port: The VM will forward port 80 to another port on your machine. pick a port that's unused on your local machine.
  • memory: How much memory your VM may use. Be carefull, the more memory your VM has, the less your host machine has.

** Optional: **

  • mysql_port: enables port forwarding to the mysql port, to the port specified
  • documentroot_suffix: sets documentroot suffix, for when your application is in a subdirectory of the shared folder.
  • php_memory_limit: sets memory limit for php. (please make note: shared accounts in production are limited to 192MB)
  • php_xdebug: enables xdebug support for php
  • nfs: enables NFS support. This allows faster file sharing than the basic file sharing. NFS is not supported on Windows hosts. Make sure your app_directory has a trailing slash, or NFS mount will fail!
  • ip: sets custom IP.
  • wkhtmltopdf: enables wkhtmltopdf support
  • memcached: enables memcached support


  • each app will run in its own VM, so make sure that if you add multiple apps that they all have a different http_port set up.
  • this is a yml file, indentation is important.

To start a VM:

vagrant up myapp

(Replace myapp with the name of the app you wish to start. Make sure to specify an app name, or you will start all VM's)

To stop a VM:

vagrant halt myapp

To destroy a VM:

vagrant destroy myapp

To destroy all VM's:

vagrant destroy

If you run vagrant by itself, help will be displayed showing all available subcommands. In addition to this, you can run any Vagrant command with the -h flag to output help about that specific command.

Develop your app in the directory you've given with the app_directory parameter. When you surf to http://localhost:9000 (or not 9000 but another port you've set with http_port) you should see your website as it would show on an Openminds production server.


You should have a database with a database user named after your app. In this example that would be myapp or myotherapp. Password will always be vagrant. The mysql root user also has password vagrant. phpMyAdmin is available under http://localhost:9000/phpmyadmin (change port 9000 if applicable).

To list the credentials of the default example:

* database: myapp
* database user: myapp
* database password: vagrant

* database root user: root
* database root password: vagrant

* phpMyAdmin: http://localhost:9000/phpmyadmin

If you want to connect from the host machine, you need to set mysql_port in config.yml and connect to the port on For example (given mysql_port is set to 3308 in config.yml for myapp):

mysql -P 3308 -h -u myapp -p myapp

Issues and Feedback

Please submit issues through Github 'issues', or mail us at Feel free to give feedback.


  • Mimic Shared Varnish
  • Capistrano deploy.rb config generator

Known Issues

requested NFS version or transport protocol is not supported

This is a weird one. Make sure your app_directory has a trailing slash! So /home/user/app/ and not /home/user/app.

If your run is stuck on waiting for vm to boot

You're probably running on a 32bit machine.

Virtualbox can not run 64bit VM's on a 32bit host system. Since our debian images are 64bit, this makes sneakers incompatible with 32bit host systems. We run 64bit kernels in production and thus are not planning on supporting 32bit images in sneakers.

One work-around (though you're on your own if you get in trouble):

Change and node.vm.box_url in Vagrantfile to: = "Debian-6.0.7-i386-ruby1.9.3-frank"
node.vm.box_url = ''


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