How To Install Vagrant on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Install Vagrant on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Vagrant on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, a Vagrant is an open-source tool for building an entire virtual development environment. Frequently, a test environment is needed for analyzing the latest release and new tools. Also, it reduces the time spent on re-building your OS. By default, the vagrant uses VirtualBox for managing the Virtualization. Vagrant acts as the fundamental configuration for managing/deploying multiple reproducible virtual environments with the same configuration.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Vagrant virtual development environment on an Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo user or access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Vagrant on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Step 1. First, make sure that all your system packages are up-to-date by running the following apt-get commands in the terminal.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Step 2. Installing VirtualBox.

Install Virtualbox from the terminal using the following command:

apt-get install virtualbox
apt-get install virtualbox-dkms

Step 3. Installing Vagrant.

Install Vagrant from the terminal using the following command:

apt-get install vagrant

We can verify the installation by issue command to check the installed version of Vagrant:

vagrant -v

Step 4. Deploy your development environment.

Vagrant can quickly deploy the development environment. The following command will install a precise32 box from the vagrant website. A box is nothing more than a specially packaged image that can later be used to provision a server:

vagrant box add precise32

Create a root directory for your Project. Then create a vagrant file in this folder by calling ‘vagrant init’, which will be the central file for the project configuration:

mkdir vagrant_project_idroot
cd vagrant_project_idroot
vagrant init

Edit the Vagrantfile in this directory and replace: = "precise32"

Start Environment:

vagrant up
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'virtualbox' provider...
[default] Importing base box 'precise32'...
[default] Matching MAC address for NAT networking...
[default] Setting the name of the VM...
[default] Clearing any previously set forwarded ports...
[default] Clearing any previously set network interfaces...
[default] Preparing network interfaces based on configuration...
[default] Forwarding ports...

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Vagrant. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing the Vagrant virtual development environment on your Ubuntu 16.04 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Vagrant website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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