Vagrant VM for GITLAB Developer.
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Setup a dev environment for Gitlab.

The final product contain all databases set up, working tests and all gems installed.


  • VirtualBox
  • Vagrant
  • the NFS packages. Already there if you are using Mac OS, and not necessary if you are using Windows. On Linux:
$ sudo apt-get install nfs-kernel-server nfs-common portmap
  • some patience :)


Clone the repository:

$ git clone
$ cd gitlab-vagrant-vm

And install gems and chef's necessary packages:

$ bundle install
$ bundle exec librarian-chef install

Finally, you should be able to use:

$ vagrant up

Note: You can't use a vagrant project on an encrypted partition (ie. it won't work if your home directory is encrypted).

You'll be asked for your password to set up NFS shares.

Once everything is done you can log into the virtual machine to run tests:

$ vagrant ssh
$ cd /vagrant/gitlabhq/
$ bundle exec rake gitlab:test

You should also configure your own remote since by default it's going to grab gitlab's master branch.

$ git remote add mine git://
$ # or if you prefer set up your origin as your own repository
$ git remote set-url origin git://

Virtual Machine Management

When done just log out with ^D and suspend the virtual machine

$ vagrant suspend

then, resume to hack again

$ vagrant resume


$ vagrant halt

to shutdown the virtual machine, and

$ vagrant up

to boot it again.

You can find out the state of a virtual machine anytime by invoking

$ vagrant status

Finally, to completely wipe the virtual machine from the disk destroying all its contents:

$ vagrant destroy # DANGER: all is gone


  • Virtual Machine IP:
  • User/password: vagrant/vagrant
  • MySQL user/password: vagrant/Vagrant
  • MySQL root password: nonrandompasswordsaregreattoo
  • Xvfb is used as a service and it should be already running, but in case you need to restart it manually:
$ sudo /etc/init.d/xvfb stop
$ sudo /etc/init.d/xvfb start


The gitlabhq version is not updated when you rebuild your virtual machine with the following command:

$ vagrant destroy && vagrant up

You must update it yourself by going to the gitlabhq subdirectory in the gitlab-vagrant-vm repo and pulling the latest changes:

$ cd gitlabhq && git pull --ff origin master

A bit of background on why this is needed. When you run 'vagrant up' there is a checkout action in the recipe that points to the gitlabhq repo. You won't see any difference when running 'git status' in the gitlab-vagrant-vm repo because gitlabhq/ is in the .gitignore. You can update the gitlabhq repo yourself or remove the gitlabhq directory so the repo is checked out again.


Error executing action install on resource 'rvm_global_gem[bundler]' in chef when booting VM

Stacktrace of this failure can be found in this gist . This is caused by an error in rvm which causes chef-rvm cookbook to fail. This problem should be fixed with rvm version 1.16.18. Temporary solution for this is provided in this commit. In cookbooks/rvm/libraries/chef_rvm_ruby_helpers.rb change the line 41 to

@installed_rubies = @rvm_env.list_strings.reject {|e| e == 'nil'}

and run vagrant up again to complete the installation.