Major Linux distributions, Mac OS X and Windows should be supported.


  • Ensure you have a fair amount of RAM (8G recommended).
  • Git must be available on your host machine

Windows: Ensure the git executable is accessible as git on the command line, not as git.exe


Install latest Vagrant version from

Linux: Do NOT use the version from your distribution repositories, those are always outdated. Use the official version provided at

Also install the vbguest and triggers plugins:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest

vagrant plugin install vagrant-triggers


Either VirtualBox or Docker can be used as provider. Which one to choose depends mostly on your host OS and your knowledge of the underlying tech.

Docker integration is less tested on our side, and does not bring any performance gain on Mac OS or Windows (actually it is still far slower unless you use the Edge version). The only host platform where Docker brings a real performance gain is Linux, but has several caveats (see section below).

In a nutshell: VirtualBox is the failsafe option, you should stick with it unless you are on Linux AND you are familiar with Docker filesystem mount permissions.

Note: Due to the way networking is set up, you cannot switch from one provider to the other without rebooting your host. Failing to do so will result in containers/VMS that are not reachable.

VirtualBox provider

Make sure you have the latest version from

Linux: Do NOT use the version from your distribution repositories, those are always outdated. Use the official version provided at

It should work out of the box on all platforms, but you should check the file sharing options for better performances.

Docker provider

Mac OS host

You will need to install the "Edge" version from

Besides allocating enough memory to the daemon in the Docker app preferences, you will need to use an host entry, as there currently is no way to reach the internal IP from the host and only port forwarding is supported (see

Add an entry for in your /etc/hosts files.

It is in practice possible to use ce-vm with the stable Docker release, but the performances are (as of this writing) really, really poor due to the bind/mount filesystem.

Windows host

We don't have anyone using Windows internally, so this is untested, but instructions should be the same than on Mac OS.

Simply install the "Edge" version from and add an entry in your C:\Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file.

Linux host

Refer to for the daemon installation for your platform.

Running Docker on a Linux host presents a significant performance boost over VirtualBox. This is in great part due to the fact that shared folders are actually direct mount and do not need any binding. This is also the cause for the main issues you will face.

In practice, this means there is no user mapping on file ownership of the directories accessed by both your host and the container, so user and group will be the same for both.

Issue 1. Docker run as root

The Docker daemon can only be managed by the root user by default. This means you either have to:

Issue 2. File ownership

As explained above, contrary to the non-native implementation on Mac or Windows, there is no mapping of ownership on the filesystem. A file owned by user "vagrant" (1000) or "www-data" (33) on the container will have the same numeric owner (1000 or 33 in our example) on the host machine. The only workaroud for now is to change the ID of the vagrant user on the guest to match your local user, which is done by setting the following variables:

docker_vagrant_user_uid: 1000
docker_vagrant_group_gid: 1000


The "stack' itself will install itself when you vagrant up for the time.

  1. Generate a skeleton at and extract it
  2. Review the generated config.yml file
  3. Fire up your first instance: cd ce-vm && vagrant up

This will git clone the main ce-vm repo from as ~/.CodeEnigma/ce-vm/ce-vm-upstream on your host.