What Is Vagrant?

First launched back in March 2010 by Hashicorp’s Mitchell Hashimoto and his partner in crime John Bender, Vagrant is an open-source command line tool for virtual machine (VM) lifecycle management. The utility aims to increase development productivity by making this process a lot more simple. While Vagrant was originally tied to Oracle VirtualBox, since version 1.1, it has also included support for VMware, KVM, and others. Yet as helpful as virtualization is in web development, using Vagrant is not always a bulletproof option.

Why Use Vagrant? Is It Worth It?

First and foremost, Vagrant provides much greater flexibility with a hypervisor-based immutable environment. This enables developers to build environments requiring features only available on other systems.

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