Vagrant with Docker provider, using WildFly and Java EE 7 image

What is Vagrant?

vagrant-logoVagrant is a simplified and portable way to create virtual development environments. It works with multiple virtualization software such as VirtualBox, VMWare, AWS, and more. It also works with multiple configuration software such as Ansible, Chef, Puppet, or Salt.

No more “works on my machine”!

The usual providers are, well, usual. Starting with version 1.6, Docker containers can be used as one of the backend providers as well. This allows your development environment to be based on Docker containers as opposed to full Virtual Machines. Read more about this at

The complete development environment definition such as the type of machine, software that needs to be installed, networking, and other configuration information is defined in a text file, typically called as Vagrantfile. Based upon the provider, it creates the virtual development environment.

Read more about what can be defined in the file, and how, at

Getting Started with Vagrant

Getting Started Guide is really simple and easy to follow to get your feet wet with Vagrant. Once your basic definition is created, the environment can be started with a simple command:

The complete set of commands are defined at

Default provider for Vagrant is VirtualBox. An alternate provider can be specified at the CLI as:

This will spin up the Docker container based upon the image specified in the Vagrantfile.

Packaging Format

Vagrant environments are packaged as Boxes. You can search from the publicly available list of boxes to find the box of your choice. Or even create your own box, and add them to the central repository using the following command:

Vagrant with WildFly Docker image

After learning the basic commands, lets see what does it take to start a WildFly Docker image using Vagrant.

The Vagrantfile is defined at and shown in line:

Clone the git repo and change to docker-wildfly directory. Vagrant image can be started using the following command:

and shows the output as:

This will not work until #5187 is fixed. But at least this blog explained the main concepts of Vagrant.

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One thought on “Vagrant with Docker provider, using WildFly and Java EE 7 image

  1. I think a better solution is to use Vagrant just to run a VM with Docker and Fig installed. Define the images using Fig and set up the Vagrantfile to run “fig up” when you run “vagrant up”.

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