This is a Work in Progress to build official Debian base boxes for Vagrant available in Vagrant Cloud

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Base Box details


Standard Debian system, as created by the Debian Installer (all packages with priority required, important, standard), with the following Vagrant specific enhancements

Note that we don't install the Virtualbox guest additions as it would mean pulling package outside the main debian archive. Contrary to what the scary vagrant up message says, Vagrant and Virtualbox don't need the Virtualbox guest additions for shared folders and port forwarding.


The box does not include provisioners. You can install them at startup by adding in the Vagrant.configure block in your Vagrantfile

# puppet
config.vm.provision "shell", inline: "apt-get install --yes puppet"
# ansible does not need a client, but needs python-apt to install packages
config.vm.provision "shell", inline: "apt-get install --yes python-apt"

Shared folders

These boxes use vagrant rsync to share the current directory to the /vagrant directory inside the box. Syncing happens once when you fire vagrant up, if you want this to happen continuously in the background, start vagrant rsync-auto afterwards.

On Windows, we recommend to start Vagrant from a Cygwin or Msys environment, in which you have installed ssh and rsync.

Alternatively on all platforms, you can use the vagrant-vbguest plugin to build the Virtualbox guest extensions.

Build process

The boxes are currently built with Packer from the following git repository and uploaded to Hashicorps's Vagrant cloud.

See Teams/Cloud/RebuildVagrantBaseBoxes to build the boxes yourself or extend them.

Versioning schema

We use the following versioning scheme: DEBIAN VERSION NUMBER + BOX VERSION Ex: 8.0.4 means we use the box uses the Debian release 8.0, the .4 means it is the fourth version based on this release that we uploaded to Vagrant Cloud


The build process requires the contrib virtualbox package. The reason virtualbox is in contrib is the non DFSG compiler required for compiling the BIOS.

Checksums verification

For VirtualBox, Checksums of the latest boxes are available inside the git repository at

After downloading the checksums, you can verify the box authenticity by running vagrant with the --checksum option:


 vagrant box add --name debian/stretch64  --provider virtualbox 
--checksum-type sha256

Direct checksumming from does not work, see

Debian account on

Currently owned by EmmanuelKasper and AntonioTerceiro

Todo list

We use this trello board:

People Involved

EmmanuelKasper, Antonio Terceiro, Lucas Nussbaum