Vagrant setup

Installing VVV

Setting up VVV is easy. You can either follow the manual install instructions, as described in the official documentation, or you can use the brew package manager for quick and easy installation.

First, install VirtualBox 5.x.

brew cask install virtualbox

After VirtualBox is installed, install Vagrant 2.1+.

brew cask install vagrant

Then you'll want to install a few Vagrant plugins.

vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostsupdater

It is recommended to reboot your computer to avoid any networking issues.

After you install the plugins, you'll want to install VVV in the local folder.

cd ~
git clone -b master git:// ~/vagrant-local
cd vagrant-local

This will clone the official VVV repository to your vagrant-local folder in the home folder. If you want the latest updates and features, it is recommended to switch to the develop branch instead of the master branch.

Before starting VVV, go to Vagrantfile and uncomment the :public_network line. This will enable you to debug across devices later on.

You can either set up your custom sites by creating a copy of the vvv-config.yml file and renaming it to vvv-custom.yml, or you can just start Vagrant.

While in your vagrant-local folder, type

vagrant up

This will set VVV up for the first time. This may take some time (about 10 minutes on an average network). While VVV is setting up, you can read the rest of this handbook.

What Vagrant is actually doing is downloading a packaged box with the Ubuntu virtual machine and caching it for future use. After downloading, it will provision the running script that will download other packages necessary for local development.

Once it has installed everything, you'll be all set to work on your local WordPress. You can type


in your browser, which will open a screen with some interesting links you can explore. screen

When you want to close Vagrant and save your RAM, just type

vagrant halt

The next time you start your Vagrant with vagrant up, the cached box will start and boot in a minute or so. Re-provisioning your Vagrant is necessary only when adding new folders or changing your Vagrant configuration, which will be described below.

Making your Vagrant public-friendly

Modern web development is mobile first oriented. With that in mind, it is natural that you want to be able to see what you are developing locally on your mobile phone.

To do that, you need to change your Vagrantfile located in the vagrant-local folder. Search for :public_network

and uncomment it. You can also enable port forwarding while you're at it: "forwarded_port", guest: 80, host: 8888

Now you need to re-provision your Vagrant.

vagrant reload --provision

When you do that, you'll be asked which network interface you use to connect to the Internet.

==> default: Clearing any previously set forwarded ports...
==> default: Clearing any previously set network interfaces...
==> default: Available bridged network interfaces:
1) en0: Wi-Fi (AirPort)
2) en1: Thunderbolt 1
3) en2: Thunderbolt 2
4) bridge0
5) p2p0
6) awdl0
==> default: When choosing an interface, it is usually the one that is
==> default: being used to connect to the internet.
    default: Which interface should the network bridge to?

In our case, we connect via Wi-Fi, so choose 1. If you're connecting via Ethernet, you'll need to select that as your network bridge.

Using Webpack and BrowserSync Plugin

Here at Infinum, we use eightshift-boilerplate to kick-start our development. It is a modern method that uses Webpack to bundle your assets.

By using it, you'll be able to use BrowserSync to test the development in your browser and on a mobile phone. Just follow the instructions in the eightshift-boilerplate repo, and you should be able to easily inspect your site without much hassle.

Adding new sites

The official documentation on adding a new site can be found here. An easier way to provision a new site is by using site templates. A site template is a Git repo that contains scripts and files necessary to set up a new VVV site automatically.

You can also create provision scripts manually. First, you need to add your site to the vvv-custom.yml file. It is just a modified copy of the existing vvv-config.yml file.

Let's say we want to create a wordpress-infinum site. After the

      - src.wordpress-develop.test
      - build.wordpress-develop.test

code in the file add

    vm_dir: /srv/www/personal/wordpress-infinum
    local_dir: www/personal/wordpress-infinum
      - wordpress-infinum.test

We've told Vagrant that there should be a site it can access inside www/wordpress-infinum. So we need to create it. We need to create two additional folders inside that folder — provision and public_html.

The provision folder holds scripts that will set up the database and Nginx configuration. The public_html folder holds the WordPress installation.

The first file you will add to the provision folder will be

#!/usr/bin/env bash
# Provision WordPress Stable

# Make a database, if we don't already have one
echo -e "\nCreating database 'wordpress_infinum' (if it's not already there)"
mysql -u root --password=root -e "CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS wordpress_infinum"
mysql -u root --password=root -e "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress_infinum.* TO wp@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'wp';"
echo -e "\n DB operations done.\n\n"

# Nginx Logs
mkdir -p ${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/log
touch ${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/log/error.log
touch ${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/log/access.log

# Install and configure the latest stable version of WordPress
if [[ ! -d "${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/public_html" ]]; then

  echo "Downloading WordPress Stable, see"
  curl -L -O ""
  noroot tar -xvf latest.tar.gz
  mv wordpress public_html
  rm latest.tar.gz
  cd ${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/public_html

  echo "Configuring WordPress Stable..."
  noroot wp core config --dbname=wordpress_infinum --dbuser=wp --dbpass=wp --quiet --extra-php <<PHP

define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

  echo "Installing WordPress Stable..."
  noroot wp core install --url=wordpress-infinum.test --quiet --title="Local Infinum WordPress Dev" --admin_name=admin --admin_email="admin@local.test" --admin_password="password"


  echo "Updating WordPress Stable..."
  cd ${VVV_PATH_TO_SITE}/public_html
  noroot wp core update


VVV uses Nginx as a web server, so the second file we need is vvv-nginx.conf.

server {
  listen 80;
  listen 443 ssl;
  server_name wordpress-infinum.test;
  root {vvv_path_to_site}/public_html;

  error_log {vvv_path_to_site}/log/error.log;
  access_log {vvv_path_to_site}/log/access.log;

  set $upstream {upstream};

  include /etc/nginx/nginx-wp-common.conf;

Every time we add a new site to vvv-custom.yml or the provisioner files, we need to reprovision VVV. To do this, you need to run

vagrant reload --provision

After that, either import the database via phpMyAdmin or WP-CLI, or start from scratch.

An alternative way of adding sites

Another way you can add new sites is by using the custom site template. In the vvv-custom.yml file add


  .... other sites...

      - example.test

Then save vvv-custom.yml and run vagrant reload --provision to update VVV with the new site. Always reprovision after making changes to vvv-custom.yml. Be sure to indent correctly as whitespace matters in YAML files. VVV prefers to indent using two spaces.