Vagrant for Friendica Developers

Getting started

Vagrant is a virtualization solution for developers.
No need to setup up a webserver, database etc. before actually starting.
Vagrant creates a virtual machine for you that you can just run inside VirtualBox and start to work directly on Friendica.
You can choose between two different Ubuntu Linux versions:

  1. Ubuntu Trusty (14.04) with PHP 5.5.9 and MySQL 5.5.53
  2. Ubuntu Xenial (16.04) with PHP 7.0 and MySQL 5.7.16

What you need to do:

  1. Install VirtualBox and vagrant.
    Please use an up-to-date vagrant version from
  2. Git clone your Friendica repository.
    Inside, you'll find a "Vagrantfile" and some scripts in the utils folder.
  3. Choose the Ubuntu version you'll need und run "vagrant up " from inside the friendica clone:
    $> vagrant up trusty
    $> vagrant up xenial
    Be patient: When it runs for the first time, it downloads an Ubuntu Server image.
  4. Run "vagrant ssh " to log into the virtual machine to log in to the VM:
    $> vagrant ssh trusty
    $> vagrant ssh xenial
  5. Open you test installation in a browser.
    If you selected an Ubuntu Trusty go to
    If you started a Xenial machine go to
    The mysql database is called "friendica", the mysql user and password both are "root".
  6. Work on Friendica's code in your git clone on your machine (not in the VM).
    Your local working directory is set up as a shared directory with the VM (/vagrant).
  7. Check the changes in your browser in the VM.
    Debug via the "vagrant ssh " login.
    Find the Friendica log file /vagrant/logfile.out.
  8. Commit and push your changes directly back to Github.

If you want to stop vagrant after finishing your work, run the following command

    $> vagrant halt <ubuntu-version>

in the development directory.

The vagrant Friendica instance contains a test database.
You will then have the following accounts to login:

For further documentation of vagrant, please see the vagrantdocs.