The first step in configuring any Vagrant project is to create a Vagrantfile. The purpose of the Vagrantfile is twofold:
- Mark the root directory of your project. Many of the configuration options in Vagrant are relative to this root directory.
- Describe the kind of machine and resources you need to run your project, as well as what software to install and how you want to access it.
Vagrant has a built-in command for initializing a directory for usage
vagrant init. For the purpose of this getting started guide,
please follow along in your terminal:
mkdir vagrant_getting_started cd vagrant_getting_started vagrant init hashicorp/precise64
This will place a
Vagrantfile in your current directory. You can
take a look at the Vagrantfile if you want, it is filled with comments
and examples. Do not be afraid if it looks intimidating, we will modify it
You can also run
vagrant init in a pre-existing directory to
set up Vagrant for an existing project.
The Vagrantfile is meant to be committed to version control with your project, if you use version control. This way, every person working with that project can benefit from Vagrant without any upfront work.
You have successfully created your first project environment.