Vagrant metadata.json generator
Creates and updates Vagrant box metadata files (metadata.json)
An utility program which creates and updates Vagrant box metadata files. This program is meant for small-scale deployment and versioning of Vagrant base boxes to private servers. For large scale deployment it always better to just use Atlas.
This program requires Python 2.7 and can be installed via PIP:
pip install vagrant-metadata
Publishing Your First Box
Now, let's suppose you have a base box called
precise64 in two flavors: one for Virtualbox and
the other for VMWare.
vagrant-metadata follows the "convention over configuration" principle and
it expects a certain directory layout to do its magic. Let's start by creating the required
mkdir -p precise64/1.0.0/virtualbox mkdir -p precise64/1.0.0/vmware_desktop
At this point you should have a directory tree like this:
. └── precise64 └── 1.0.0 ├── virtualbox └── vmware_desktop
Now you should copy your boxes to their appropriate directory and end up with something like this:
. └── precise64 └── 1.0.0 ├── virtualbox │ └── precise64.box └── vmware_desktop └── precise64.box
Now let's go into the
Since this is the first time we run
vagrant-metadata we'll have to tell it something about the
base box such as its URL, name and description:
vagrant-metadata --name="lvillani/precise64" --description="Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit" \ --baseurl="http://lorenzo.villani.me/vagrant/precise64"
After a while, when
vagrant-metadata exits, you will find a fresh
metadata.json file which
contains all the box metadata. At this point you can publish the whole
Updating a Box
Updating a box is easier than preparing a new one for publication. Let's suppose we want to
2.0.0 of the
precise64 box described before: create a new
with the same layout as before and copy your boxes there ending up with something like:
. └── precise64 ├── 1.0.0 │ ├── virtualbox │ │ └── precise64.box │ └── vmware_desktop │ └── precise64.box ├── 2.0.0 │ ├── virtualbox │ │ └── precise64.box │ └── vmware_desktop │ └── precise64.box └── metadata.json
At this point go to the
precise64 directory and run
cd precise64 vagrant-metadata
Notice that we don't even have to specify the box name, description or base URL.
Sync this directory with your remote server and you are done.
If you don't have all box files downloaded locally, and want to add new version
to existing metadata.json simply add
-a) option to only add new
version box to existing metadata
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