Setting up a Development System with Vagrant¶
Setting up a development system using Vagrant is by far the easiest way to start developing on openATTIC. However, we also provide instructions for setting up a classical development environment in Setting up a Development System.
To be able to run the WebUI with this setup you will have to change the default value of the API URL from “/openattic/api/” to “/api/”.
More information on how to do this can be found at WebUI local configuration.
Our Vagrant setup uses either a VirtualBox or a KVM/libvirt VM as base image. You will need to install at least one of them.
For example, KVM/libvirt can be installed on Ubuntu by running:
sudo apt-get install qemu-kvm
Please follow the official documentation for installing Vagrant.
After installing Vagrant, install the
vagrant-cachier plugin for caching
packages that are downloaded while setting up the development environment:
vagrant plugin install vagrant-cachier
vagrant-libvirt plugin is required when using KVM on Linux:
vagrant plugin install vagrant-libvirt
If you’re using VirtualBox on your host operating system, the
vagrant-vbguest plugin enables guest support for some VirtualBox features
like shared folders:
vagrant plugin install vagrant-vbguest
If you experience an error while trying to install
vagrant-libvirt, you might need to
In order to enable internet access for your Vagrant box you need to enable IP forwarding and NAT on your host system:
echo 1 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_forward iptables -t nat -A POSTROUTING -s 192.168.10.0/24 \! -d 192.168.10.0/24 -j MASQUERADE
Starting the Virtual Machine¶
The openATTIC source code repository contains a Vagrant configuration file that performs the necessary steps to get you started. Follow the instructions outlined in Create Your own openATTIC git Fork on BitBucket on how to create your own fork and local git repository.
Navigate to the
vagrant subdirectory of your local git clone and run this command to
start your VM:
or, in case you are using KVM/libvirt, you need to specify the libvirt provider:
vagrant up --provider libvirt
This command will perform all steps to provide a running VM for developing openATTIC. After the
vagrant up, ssh into the VM:
In your VM, start openATTIC by running these commands. Notice, your local repository is available in the
virtual machine at
. env/bin/activate python openattic/backend/manage.py runserver 0.0.0.0:8000
Then, start your browser an open the URL as shown in the last lines of the log output of
If you experience an error while trying to run
vagrant up --provider libvirt, you might need to
Choosing a different Linux distribution¶
Per default, the VM is based on OpenSUSE, but developing openATTIC based on an other
Vagrant box is also possible by setting
the environment variable
DISTRO. These distributions are available:
DISTRO=jessie(for Debian 8 “Jessie”)
DISTRO=trusty(for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Thar”)
DISTRO=xenial(for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus”)
DISTRO=malachite(for openSUSE 42.1 “Malachite”)
For example, to run a Xenial VM, run:
DISTRO=xenial vagrant up
or using KVM/libvirt:
DISTRO=xenial vagrant up --provider libvirt
On a Windows host system using Windows Powershell, the environment variable can be defined as follows:
$env:DISTRO="xenial" vagrant up
Debugging openATTIC with PyCharm Professional¶
With a running Vagrant VM, you can now debug the openATTIC Python backend using PyCharm.
First, configure a
Vagrant Remote Interpreter
/home/vagrant/env/bin/python on your VM. Then, add
/home/vagrant/openattic/backend to the Python interpreter paths. You will be asked to activate
a few PyCharm extensions, like a Django support or the remote interpreter tools.
Finally, add the openATTIC Django Server as a Pycharm Django server in the Run Configurations using your configured remote interpreter and host 0.0.0.0.
Debugging openATTIC with PyCharm Community¶
Please follow the instructions from the official documentation
Perform an openATTIC Base Configuration¶
It is not possible to execute
oaconfig install in a Vagrant VM, you have to execute the
following commands instead.
. env/bin/activate cd openattic/backend which systemctl && sudo systemctl reload dbus || sudo service dbus reload sudo /home/vagrant/env/bin/python /home/vagrant/openattic/backend/manage.py runsystemd & python manage.py install --pre-install python manage.py install --post-install
If the openATTIC systemd is not running on your VM, you can start it by executing:
sudo env/bin/python openattic/backend/manage.py runsystemd
in your VM.
`vagrant destroy` fails due to a permission problem
To fix this error:
/home/<user>/.vagrant.d/gems/gems/fog-libvirt-0.0.3/lib/fog/libvirt/requests/compute/volume_action.rb:6:in `delete': Call to virStorageVolDelete failed: Cannot delete '/var/lib/libvirt/images/vagrant_default.img': Insufficient permissions (Libvirt::Error)
Run this command or change the owner of
chmod 777 /var/lib/libvirt/images
`vagrant destroy` fails due to wrong provider
You may also encounter the error that Vagrant tells you to vagrant destroy, but it doesn’t seem to work. In that case you may be experiencing this issue.
A workaround for this is to specify your provider as default provider in the Vagrantfile like so:
ENV['VAGRANT_DEFAULT_PROVIDER'] = 'libvirt'
`vagrant up` fails on “Waiting for domain to get an IP address...”
It looks like this problem has something to do with the libvirt library and specific mainboards. We haven’t found the cause of this problem, but using a different libvirt driver at least works around it.
qemu instead of
kvm as driver does the trick. But kvm is and will be enabled by
default, because qemu runs slower than kvm. You have to adapt the driver yourself in the
Vagrantfile like so:
Vagrant.configure(2) do |config| config.vm.provider :libvirt do |lv| lv.driver = 'qemu' end end
If you want to know more about this problem or even want to contribute to it, visit our bug tracker on issue OP-1455.