Getting Started

The Vagrant getting started guide will walk you through your first Vagrant project, and show off the basics of the major features Vagrant has to offer.

If you are curious what benefits Vagrant has to offer, you should also read the "Why Vagrant?" page.

The getting started guide will use Vagrant with VirtualBox, since it is free, available on every major platform, and built-in to Vagrant. After reading the guide though, do not forget that Vagrant can work with many other providers.

Before diving into your first project, please install the latest version of Vagrant. And because we will be using VirtualBox as our provider for the getting started guide, please install that as well.

More of a book person? If you prefer to read a physical book, you may be interested in Vagrant: Up and Running, written by the author of Vagrant and published by O'Reilly.

Up and Running

$ vagrant init hashicorp/precise64
$ vagrant up

After running the above two commands, you will have a fully running virtual machine in VirtualBox running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-bit. You can SSH into this machine with vagrant ssh, and when you are done playing around, you can terminate the virtual machine with vagrant destroy.

Now imagine every project you've ever worked on being this easy to set up! With Vagrant, vagrant up is all you need to work on any project, to install every dependency that project needs, and to set up any networking or synced folders, so you can continue working from the comfort of your own machine.

The rest of this guide will walk you through setting up a more complete project, covering more features of Vagrant.

Next Steps

You have just created your first virtual environment with Vagrant. Read on to learn more about project setup.