October 16, 2018

Kali Linux for Vagrant: Hands-On

What Vagrant actually does is provide a way of automating the building of virtualized development environments using a variety of the most popular providers, such as VirtualBox, VMware, AWS and others. It not only handles the initial setup of the virtual machine, it can also provision the virtual machine based on your specifications, so it provides a consistent environment which can be shared and distributed to others.

The first step, obviously, is to get Vagrant itself installed and working -- and as it turns out, doing that requires getting at least one of the virtual machine providers installed and working. In the case of the Kali distribution for Vagrant, this means getting VirtualBox installed.

Fortunately, both VirtualBox and Vagrant are available in the repositories of most of the popular Linux distributions. I typically work on openSUSE Tumbleweed, and I was able to install both of them from the YAST Software Management tool. I have also checked that both are available on Manjaro, Debian Testing and Linux Mint. I didn't find Vagrant on Fedora, but there are several articles in the Fedora Developer Portal which describe installing and using it.

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