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VVV requires recent versions of both Vagrant and VirtualBox to be installed, along with some vagrant plugins.

Preparing Your Machine

If you aren’t using a Mac, you may need to turn on virtualization in your computers BIOS, some computers have it turned off by default. On Intel machines this is called Intel VT-x, and AMD calls it AMD-V.

Refer to your machines manufacturer for how to access your BIOS. This article may be helpful for enabling Intel VT-x

Note: If you have turned Hyper-V on, VirtualBox will not work

Installing Vagrant and VirtualBox

  1. Start with any local operating system such as Mac OS X, Linux, or Windows.
    • For Windows 8 or higher it is recommended that you run the cmd window as Administrator.
  2. Install VirtualBox 5.x Note, currently 5.2.x fails on Ubuntu, use 5.1.x
  3. Install Vagrant 2.x
    • Vagrant is a “tool for building and distributing development environments”. It works with virtualization software such as VirtualBox to provide a virtual machine sandboxed from your local environment.
    • vagrant will now be available as a command in your terminal, try it out.
    • Provider support is included for VirtualBox, Parallels, Hyper-V, VMWare Fusion, and VMWare Workstation.
    • Note: If Vagrant is already installed, use vagrant -v to check the version. You may want to consider upgrading if a much older version is in use.

Installing Vagrant Plugins

Install these Vagrant plugins:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostsupdater vagrant-triggers vagrant-vbguest
  1. vagrant-hostsupdater plugin will set up your local hosts file so that provisioned domain names work
  2. vagrant-triggers allows for various scripts to fire when issuing commands such as vagrant halt and vagrant destroy.
    • By default, if vagrant-triggers is installed, a db_backup script will run on halt, suspend, and destroy that backs up each database to a dbname.sql file in the {vvv}/database/backups/ directory. These will then be imported automatically if starting from scratch. Custom scripts can be added to override this default behavior.
    • If vagrant-triggers is not installed, VVV will not provide automated database backups.
  3. vagrant-vbguest
    • Note: This step is not a requirement. When installed, it keeps the VirtualBox Guest Additions kernel modules of your guest synchronized with the version of your host whenever you do vagrant up. This can prevent some subtle shared folder errors.


If you don’t reboot your machine after installing/updating Vagrant and VirtualBox, there can be networking issues. A full power cycle will ensure all components are fully installed and loaded