Vagrant is a tool for building and distributing virtualized development environments.

By providing automated creation and provisioning of virtual machines using Sun’s VirtualBox, Vagrant provides the tools to create and configure lightweight, reproducible, and portable virtual environments. For more information, see the part of the getting started guide on ”Why Vagrant?

Quick Start

First, make sure your development machine has VirtualBox installed. The setup from that point forward is very easy, since Vagrant is simply a rubygem.

sudo gem install vagrant

To build your first virtual environment:

vagrant init
vagrant box add base
vagrant up

Getting Started Guide and Video

To learn how to build a fully functional rails development environment, view the getting started guide.

There is also a fairly short (12 minute) getting started video which explains how to build a fully functional LAMP development environment, which covers a few parts of Vagrant in more detail than the website guide.

Installing the Gem from Git

If you want the bleeding edge version of Vagrant, we try to keep master pretty stable and you're welcome to give it a shot. The following is an example showing how to do this:

rake build
sudo rake install

Contributing to Vagrant

To hack on vagrant, you'll need bundler which can be installed with a simple sudo gem install bundler. Afterwords, do the following:

bundle install

This will run the test suite, which should come back all green! Then you're good to go!