Veewee is a tool for easily (and repeatedly) building custom Vagrant base boxes, KVMs, and virtual machine images.
Vagrant is a great tool for creating and configuring lightweight, reproducible, portable virtual machine environments - often used with the addition of automation tools such as Chef or Puppet.
The first step to build a new virtual machine is to download an existing 'base box'. I believe this scares a lot of people as they don't know how these unverified boxes were built. Therefore a lot of people end up building their own base box which is often time consuming and cumbersome. Veewee aims to automate all the steps for building base boxes and to collect best practices in a transparent way.
Veewee's Supported VM Providers
Veewee isn't only for Vagrant. It currently supports exporting VM images for the following providers:
VirtualBox - exports to
VMware (Fusion) - exports to
KVM - exports to
Parallels - none yet, but can export to
parallelsformat (provided by vagrant-parallels)
Before you start, we recommend reading through these pages:
- Requirements that must be met before installing Veewee
- Veewee Installation instructions
- Command Options highlights various approaches for executing Veewee on the command line
Next, learn about Veewee fundamentals:
- Veewee Basics covers creating standard-issue boxes
- Customizing Definitions helps you fine tune each box definition to meet your exact needs
- Veeweefile can be used to define your own paths
Then depending on how you want to use Veewee, we suggest to read through one of the following guides:
- Guide for Vagrant
- Guide for VirtualBox
- Guide for VMware Fusion
- Guide for KVM
- Guide for Parallels Desktop
Major noteworthy changes between versions can be found here:
- Changes between versions
A complete list of all docs can be found by viewing the doc directory.
Below is an overview of the
veewee command options:
$ bundle exec veewee # Commands: # veewee add_share # Adds a Share to the Guest # veewee fusion # Subcommand for Vmware fusion # veewee help [COMMAND] # Describe available commands or one specific command # veewee kvm # Subcommand for KVM # veewee parallels # Subcommand for Parallels # veewee vbox # Subcommand for VirtualBox # veewee version # Prints the Veewee version information
Learn how to avoid typing
bundle exec by visiting the Commands doc.
Veewee Provider Subcommands
Below is an overview of the
veewee provider subcommand options:
$ bundle exec veewee <provider> # Commands: # veewee <provider> build [BOX_NAME] # Build box # veewee <provider> copy [BOXNAME] [SRC] [DST] # Copy a file to the VM # veewee <provider> define [BOXNAME] [TEMPLATE] # Define a new basebox starting from a template # veewee <provider> destroy [BOXNAME] # Destroys the basebox that was built # veewee <provider> halt [BOXNAME] # Activates a shutdown on the basebox # veewee <provider> help [COMMAND] # Describe subcommands or one specific subcommand # veewee <provider> list # Lists all defined boxes # veewee <provider> ostypes # List the available Operating System types # veewee <provider> screenshot [NAME] [PNGFILENAME] # Takes a screenshot of the box # veewee <provider> ssh [BOXNAME] [COMMAND] # Interactive ssh login # veewee <provider> templates # List the currently available templates # veewee <provider> undefine [BOXNAME] # Removes the definition of a basebox # veewee <provider> up [BOXNAME] # Starts a Box # veewee <provider> validate [NAME] # Validates a box against vagrant compliancy rules # veewee <provider> winrm [BOXNAME] [COMMAND] # Execute command via winrm
People have reported good experiences, why don't you give it a try?
If you have a setup working, share your 'definition' with me. That would be fun!