Simple Node.js Development VM
This project aims to make spinning up a simple local Node.js test/development environment incredibly quick and easy, and to introduce new developers to the wonderful world of Node.js development on local virtual machines.
It will install the following on a CentOS 6.4 linux VM:
- Node.js (latest version in EPEL repository)
- A simple demonstration Node.js app
It should take 5-10 minutes to build or rebuild the VM from scratch on a decent broadband connection.
Quick Start Guide
1 - Install dependencies (VirtualBox, Vagrant, Ansible)
Note for Windows users: This guide assumes you're on a Mac or Linux host. Windows support may be added when I get a little more time; the main difference is Ansible needs to be bootstrapped from within the VM after it's created. See JJG-Ansible-Windows for more information.
2 - Build the Virtual Machine
- Download this project and put it wherever you want.
- Open Terminal, cd to this directory (containing the
Vagrantfileand this REAMDE file).
- Type in
vagrant up, and let Vagrant do its magic.
Note: If there are any errors during the course of running
vagrant up, and it drops you back to your command prompt, just run
vagrant provision to continue building the VM from where you left off. If there are still errors after doing this a few times, post an issue to this project's issue queue on GitHub with the error.
3 - Configure your host machine to access the VM.
- Edit your hosts file, adding the line
192.168.55.55 nodejs.devso you can connect to the VM.
- Open your browser and access http://nodejs.dev/.
- To shut down the virtual machine, enter
vagrant haltin the Terminal in the same folder that has the
Vagrantfile. To destroy it completely (if you want to save a little disk space, or want to rebuild it from scratch with
vagrant upagain), type in
- Find out more about local development with Vagrant + VirtualBox + Ansible in this presentation: Local Development Environments - Vagrant, VirtualBox and Ansible.
- Learn about how Ansible can accelerate your ability to innovate and manage your infrastructure by reading Ansible for DevOps.