Kevin Brightwell edited this page Aug 26, 2015 · 1 revision
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This page outlines how to setup a virtual machine using Vagrant and VirtualBox. This can be beneficial for development as it allows for a consistent environment and multiple, independent workspaces.

Note the versions used below may change.

Prereq 1: have Ruby installed. I used RVM to get Ruby 1.9.3:

rvm get stable
rvm install 1.9.3
source ~/.rvm/scripts/rvm
type rvm | head -n 1
rvm use 1.9.3 --default

1) Get the latest version of VirtualBox 2) Get the latest version of Vagrant 3) Get the latest version of Packer to create a base Ubuntu box. 4) Create a JSON template for Packer: ubuntu-13.04-template.json

    "builders": [
        "type": "virtualbox",
        "guest_os_type": "Ubuntu_64",
        "iso_url": "",
        "iso_checksum": "8d72e2db7e72e13813731eab37a14d26",
        "iso_checksum_type": "md5",
        "ssh_username": "packer",
        "shutdown_command": "shutdown -P now"

    "provisioners": [

    "post-processors": [
          "type": "vagrant"

5) Run 'packer build ubuntu-13.04-template.json' 6) Shutdown the vm from VirtualBox interface 7) Package the box with Vagrant: "vagrant package --base 'name of VM as displayed in VirtualBox' 8) Create the following Vagrantfile: my.Vagrantfile 9) Run the following Shell Script:


vagrant box add "$VM_NAME" "$PACKAGE" --force
vagrant init "$VM_NAME"

vagrant up
exit 0