You don't have to worry about breaking compatibility by committing plugin config in your
Vagrantfile because you can put it inside a condition so that it will be processed only if the user has the plugin installed. In this article we will show you how to use three plugins that we believe to be very useful.
The Host Updater Plugin
The thing that you have to do with every environment box you are using is find out the hosts used by the application and set them up in your system. Why not to make this automatic? It's as easy as:
$ vagrant plugin install vagrant-hostupdater
Then, in your
Vagrantfile file, add the following (assuming
domain.loc is the domain you want to add and has
if Vagrant.has_plugin?("vagrant-hostsupdater") config.hostsupdater.aliases = ["domain.loc", "api.domain.loc", "admin.domain.loc"] end
Now, when you run
vagrant up, the listed hosts are being added to your system hosts file, and to keep it clean, once you run
vagrant halt or
vagrant suspend, the listed hosts will disappear from the file. Great, isn't it?
For more information about this plugin, please visit https://github.com/cogitatio/vagrant-hostsupdater
The Time Zone Plugin
This plugin provides us with an easy way to adjust the box time zone to your own. This is important, especially when working in a team that is spread around the world. It saves you from provisioning or manually modifying the guest system. How many times were you checking the logs and couldn't find what you were searching for because of a different time set in the box you were using? Even if this has never happened to you, it is definitely something that's happened to me and many others.
Let's install it first:
$ vagrant plugin install vagrant-timezone
Now, we add it to our
if Vagrant.has_plugin?("vagrant-timezone") config.timezone.value = "CET" end
For more information about this plugin, please visit https://github.com/tmatilai/vagrant-timezone
The Multi Putty Plugin
When using Windows, I prefer to use PuTTy instead of vagrant ssh in the same window. However, to make use of PuTTy’s advantages you have to spend time on converting the key and setting it up. All you need to do with this plugin is install it and use vagrant putty in place of vagrant ssh.
$ vagrant plugin install vagrant-multi-putty $ vagrant putty
For more information about this plugin, please visit https://github.com/nickryand/vagrant-multi-putty
We highly recommend you to visit the vagrant site and also go over the huge list of plugins available on its repository's wiki page https://github.com/hashicorp/vagrant/wiki/Available-Vagrant-Plugins. We're confident you'll find many useful ones for your projects.