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Where to find vagrant boxes

Update 2: Vagrant Cloud has launched and I believe is now the best way to find Vagrant boxes.

Update: Added Phusion Passenger url.

This is just a quick post on a couple of places I know to find "vagrant":htp://vagrantup.com boxes.

Ubuntu cloud images

Today ubuntu 13.04, aka raring ringtail, was released But did you know that ubuntu actually provides vagrant specific boxes, ones that are built every day? They sure do!

So it's quite simple to try out raring just by using vagrant and ubuntu's cloud images.

$ mkdir raring; cd raring
$ vagrant init
# Edit Vagrantfile and add the below
$ grep box Vagrantfile | grep -v "#"
  config.vm.box = "raring"
  config.vm.box_url = "http://cloud-images.ubuntu.com/vagrant/raring/current/raring-server-cloudimg-amd64-vagrant-disk1.box"

$ vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'virtualbox' provider...
SNIP!

#
# Now we can ssh into the box
#

$ vagrant ssh
Welcome to Ubuntu 13.04 (GNU/Linux 3.8.0-19-generic x86_64)
SNIP!
vagrant@vagrant-ubuntu-raring-64:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release 
DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
DISTRIB_RELEASE=13.04
DISTRIB_CODENAME=raring
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 13.04"

Nice. That was easy.

Vagrantbox.es

Most vagrant users will know about this site, but I add it here for completeness.

Obviously for testing/development using these images is just fine, but most shops will want to build their own production images. I think.

Opscode Bento

This github repo has tons of boxes, and also Packer templates to create your own.

Phusion Passenger

Phusion Passenger also creates and distributes some vagrant boxes.

Make your own

Veewee is a good way to automate image creation. I've used it quite a bit, but that was a few months ago. It can take a bit of work to get it up and running.

Puppet labs also publishes some information on creating vagrant boxes, as well as several pre-built boxes.

Fedora

Unfortunately I can't seem to find official fedora or redhat vagrant boxes, which is too bad.

But, fedora is working on it!

I'll try to update this page as I find more resources. Please feel free to comment with suggestions. :)


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