How to use Vagrant and quickly setup a reproducible development environment for FAKE

Since #711, it is possible to deploy an fresh Ubuntu Linux virtual machine with one simple command thanks to Vagrant. Here is how to proceed...

Install the system-wide prerequisites

VirtualBox and its Extension Pack

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

You can install VirtualBox and the VirtualBox Extension Pack from or with your package manager.


Vagrant is a tool for building complete development environments. With an easy-to-use workflow and focus on automation, Vagrant lowers development environment setup time, increases development/production parity, and makes the "works on my machine" excuse a relic of the past.

You can install Vagrant from or with your package manager.

Start a new VM

Simply cd to the root directory of the FAKE source code and run vagrant up.

The VM will be automatically downloaded, imported into VirtualBox, configured and started. The FAKE source directory is automatically shared with the VM under the /vagrant directory.

Run vagrant ssh to directly connect via SSH to the VM and start working.

Alternately, you can directly execute any command with vagrant ssh -c "<command>". As example, you can directly invoke the script with the vagrant ssh -c "cd /vagrant && bash ./" command.

Once you have finished, you can either:

  • Run vagrant suspend to pause the VM.
  • Run vagrant halt to shutdown the VM.
  • Run vagrant destroy to delete the imported VM.
  • Run vagrant box remove ubuntu/trusty64 to remove the base box from your computer.
  • Re-run vagrant up to reload the VM.

The full command line documentation is available at

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