Getting Started with Vagrant for Local Development

Initial Setup (from scratch)


Now that we have what we need installed, a nice and healthy explanation of Vagrant and the hype behind it, let's dive in and start actually seeing this in action.

Vagrant Init

A super-cool shortcut to getting started is the command vagrant init. This command is great because it will create an official vagrant boilerplate for you automatically. This way you don't have to write all the Vagrantfile stuff out by hand for setup.

Just run:

vagrant init hashicorp/precise64

This will produce a ruby file called Vagrantfile with a ton of code and comments inside of it. You can try to read through the comments or keep watching the videos to see it broken down.

Some Things to Notice

After you gut through all those comments, there's a few important things to notice.

Comment Blocks at the Top

Just ignore this. It tells command-line editors that this is a Ruby file. You don't have to know Ruby to understand what's going on in here.

# -*- mode: ruby -*-
# vi: set ft=ruby :

The Start and End

In Ruby, the Vagrant file begins and ends with this. Similar to a JavaScript object, we are going to pass our settings to config.

Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|

  # Example
  # config.vm.thing_i_want_to_do1
  # config.vm.thing_i_want_to_do2
  # config.vm.thing_i_want_to_do3
  # Etc...


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