Updated CentOS Vagrant Images Available (v1702.01)

Monday, 13, March 2017 Laurențiu Păncescu announcement 4 Comments

We are pleased to announce new official Vagrant images of CentOS Linux 6.8 and CentOS Linux 7.3.1611 for x86_64, featuring updated packages to 28 February 2017.

Known Issues

  1. The VirtualBox Guest Additions are not preinstalled; if you need them for shared folders, please install the vagrant-vbguest plugin and add the following line to your Vagrantfile:
    config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", type: "virtualbox"

    We recommend using NFS instead of VirtualBox shared folders if possible. You can also use the vagrant-sshfs plugin, which, unlike NFS, works on all operating systems.

  2. Since the Guest Additions are missing, our images are preconfigured to use rsync for synced folders. Windows users can either use SMB for synced folders, or disable the sync directory by adding the line
    config.vm.synced_folder ".", "/vagrant", disabled: true

    to their Vagrantfile.

  3. Vagrant 1.8.5 is unable to create new Linux boxes due to Vagrant bug #7610
  4. Vagrant 1.8.7 is unable to download or update boxes due to Vagrant bug #7969.
  5. Vagrant 1.9.1 broke private networking, see Vagrant bug #8166
  6. Installing open-vm-tools is not enough for enabling shared folders with Vagrant’s VMware provider. Please follow the detailed instructions in https://github.com/mvermaes/centos-vmware-tools (updated for this release).
  7. The metadata of the images for VMware is set to vmware_fusion. Please specify vmware_fusion as the provider when downloading the images, even if you're using VMware Workstation.

Recommended Setup on the Host

Our automatic testing is running on a CentOS Linux 7 host, using Vagrant from SCL, with libvirt and VirtualBox 5.0.30 (without the VirtualBox Guest Additions) as providers. We strongly recommend using the libvirt provider when stability is required.

We also performed additional manual testing with Vagrant 1.9.0 on OS X 10.11.6, with VirtualBox 5.0.30.


The official images can be downloaded from Hashicorp’s Atlas. We provide images for libvirt-kvm, VirtualBox and VMware.

If you never used our images before:

$ vagrant box add centos/6 # for CentOS Linux 6
$ vagrant box add centos/7 # for CentOS Linux 7

Existing users can upgrade their images:

$ vagrant box update --box centos/6
$ vagrant box update --box centos/7

Verifying the integrity of the images

The SHA256 checksums of the images are signed with the CentOS 7 Official Signing Key. First, download and verify the checksum file:

$ curl http://cloud.centos.org/centos/7/vagrant/x86_64/images/sha256sum.txt.asc -o sha256sum.txt.asc
$ gpg --verify sha256sum.txt.asc

If the check passed, you can use the corresponding checksum when downloading the image with Vagrant:

$ vagrant box add --checksum-type sha256 --checksum 48745c0f2dd4fbee366d830e3e333b637528ad936dd66ed5911df2adc02f46d7 --provider libvirt --box-version 1702.01 centos/7

Unfortunately, this is not possible with vagrant box update.


If you encounter any unexpected issues with the Vagrant images, feel free to ask on the centos-devel mailing list, or via IRC, in #centos on Freenode.


We would like to thank Fabian Arrotin and Thomas Oulevey for their work on the build infrastructure.

We would also like to thank the following people (listed alphabetically):

4 thoughts on "Updated CentOS Vagrant Images Available (v1702.01)"

  1. Jeremy Hughes says:

    Hi, I have the vmware_workstation provider but not the vwmare_fusion provider. I'm on Windows 10. I get this error when trying to use vmware_workstation:

    ==> my-worker1: Box 'centos/7' could not be found. Attempting to find and install...
    my-worker1: Box Provider: vmware_desktop, vmware_fusion, vmware_workstation
    my-worker1: Box Version: >= 0
    ==> my-worker1: Loading metadata for box 'centos/7'
    my-worker1: URL: https://atlas.hashicorp.com/centos/7
    ==> my-worker1: Adding box 'centos/7' (v1702.01) for provider: vmware_desktop
    my-worker1: Downloading: https://atlas.hashicorp.com/centos/boxes/7/versions/1702.01/providers/vmware_desktop.box
    The box you attempted to add doesn't match the provider you specified.

    Provider expected: vmware_desktop
    Provider of box: vmware_fusion

    and I get this error when trying to use vmware_fusion:

    The provider 'vmware_fusion' could not be found, but was requested to
    back the machine 'my-worker1'. Please use a provider that exists.

    I tried installing the vmware_fusion provider but it complains that I don't have a license for that. It's right, I only have a license for vmware_workstation.

    Please advise. Thanks. Jeremy Hughes

    1. I'm not using VMware, but "vagrant box add --provider vmware_fusion centos/7" should work (please remove existing centos/7 boxes first).

  2. skylineqi says:

    How to use root account?

    1. Use sudo to run a command as root. To get a root shell, use "sudo -i" or "su -" (root's password is vagrant).

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