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Vagrant for Friendica Developers

Vagrant is a virtualization solution for developers. No need to setup up a webserver, database etc. before actually starting. Vagrant creates a virtual machine for you that you can just run inside VirtualBox and start to work directly on Friendica.

It brings an Ubuntu Xenial (16.04) with PHP 7.0 and MySQL 5.7.16

  1. Install VirtualBox and vagrant. Please use an up-to-date vagrant version from
  2. Git clone your Friendica repository. Inside, you'll find a “Vagrantfile” and some scripts in the utils folder
  1. Run vagrant up from inside the friendica clone: $> vagrant up. Be patient: When it runs for the first time, it downloads an Ubuntu Server image
  2. Run vagrant ssh to log into the virtual machine to log in to the VM: $> vagrant ssh
  3. Open your test installation in a browser. Go to . The mysql database is called friendica, the mysql user and password both are friendica
  1. Work on Friendicas code in your git clone on your machine (not in the VM). Your local working directory is set up as a shared directory with the VM (/vagrant)
  2. Check the changes in your browser in the VM. Debug via the “vagrant ssh” login. Find the Friendica log file /vagrant/logfile.out
  3. Commit and push your changes directly back to Github
  1. If you want to stop vagrant after finishing your work, run the following command $> vagrant halt in the development directory. This will not delete the virtual machine.
  2. To ultimately delete the virtual machine run $> vagrant destroy and $> rm /vagrant/config/local.config.php to make sure that you can start from scratch with another “vagrant up”.

The vagrant Friendica instance contains a test database. You will then have the following accounts to login:

  • user: admin, password: admin
  • user: friendica1, password friendica1
  • user: friendica2, password friendica2 and so on until friendica5
  • friendica1 is connected to all others
  • friendica1 has two groups: group1 with friendica2 and friendica4, group2 with friendica3 and friendica5
  • friendica2 and friendica3 are connected
  • friendica4 and friendica5 are connected

For further documentation of vagrant, please see the vagrant*docs*.

  • Last modified: 2020-09-27 15:30