Kevin Brightwell edited this page Aug 26, 2015 · 1 revision

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"
  1. Run 'packer build ubuntu-13.04-template.json'

  2. Shutdown the vm from VirtualBox interface

  3. Package the box with Vagrant: "vagrant package --base 'name of VM as displayed in VirtualBox'

  4. Create the following Vagrantfile: my.Vagrantfile

  5. Run the following Shell Script:

    vagrant box add "$VM_NAME" "$PACKAGE" --force
    vagrant init "$VM_NAME"
    vagrant up
    exit 0
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