Vagrant OSX – M1

Saurabh Sharma

Having just bought an M1 – MacBook Pro the issue are mounting. The premier challenge was to get my Vagrant boxes configured with provider virtualbox to run.

Since VirtualBox clearly calls it out “no support”


VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use.

The challenge was to find out what can work in the shortest time. I am keen to explore the qemu and KVM's but that is for another day as Docker seems to be the convenient solution for me.

> vagrant version
Installed Version: 2.3.0
Latest Version: 2.3.0
You're running an up-to-date version of Vagrant!

Let’s create our first working version before targeting complex Vagrantfile's.

> vagrant init 
A `Vagrantfile` has been placed in this directory. You are now
ready to `vagrant up` your first virtual environment! Please read
the comments in the Vagrantfile as well as documentation on
`` for more information on using Vagrant.

The command above generates a template Vagrantfile that I will use to sequentially edit and get a centos machine up and running.

# -*- mode: ruby -*-
# vi: set ft=ruby :

# All Vagrant configuration is done below. The "2" in Vagrant.configure
# configures the configuration version (we support older styles for
# backwards compatibility). Please don't change it unless you know what
# you're doing.
Vagrant.configure("2") do |config|
  # The most common configuration options are documented and commented below.
  # For a complete reference, please see the online documentation at

  # Every Vagrant development environment requires a box. You can search for
  # boxes at = "base"

  # Disable automatic box update checking. If you disable this, then
  # boxes will only be checked for updates when the user runs
  # `vagrant box outdated`. This is not recommended.
  # config.vm.box_check_update = false

  # Create a forwarded port mapping which allows access to a specific port
  # within the machine from a port on the host machine. In the example below,
  # accessing "localhost:8080" will access port 80 on the guest machine.
  # NOTE: This will enable public access to the opened port
  # "forwarded_port", guest: 80, host: 8080

  # Create a forwarded port mapping which allows access to a specific port
  # within the machine from a port on the host machine and only allow access
  # via to disable public access
  # "forwarded_port", guest: 80, host: 8080, host_ip: ""

  # Create a private network, which allows host-only access to the machine
  # using a specific IP.
  # "private_network", ip: ""

  # Create a public network, which generally matched to bridged network.
  # Bridged networks make the machine appear as another physical device on
  # your network.
  # "public_network"

  # Share an additional folder to the guest VM. The first argument is
  # the path on the host to the actual folder. The second argument is
  # the path on the guest to mount the folder. And the optional third
  # argument is a set of non-required options.
  # config.vm.synced_folder "../data", "/vagrant_data"

  # Provider-specific configuration so you can fine-tune various
  # backing providers for Vagrant. These expose provider-specific options.
  # Example for VirtualBox:
  # config.vm.provider "virtualbox" do |vb|
  #   # Display the VirtualBox GUI when booting the machine
  #   vb.gui = true
  #   # Customize the amount of memory on the VM:
  #   vb.memory = "1024"
  # end
  # View the documentation for the provider you are using for more
  # information on available options.

  # Enable provisioning with a shell script. Additional provisioners such as
  # Ansible, Chef, Docker, Puppet and Salt are also available. Please see the
  # documentation for more information about their specific syntax and use.
  # config.vm.provision "shell", inline: <<-SHELL
  #   apt-get update
  #   apt-get install -y apache2

Official Vagrant Documentation

Docker provider behaves like just any other provider, but in comparison to Virtualbox it has specific options like that do NOT WORK.

Let’s add first box for docker to run

config.vm.provider "docker" do |d|
    d.image = "centos:latest"

For my setup I get the following error.

vagrant up --provider=docker
Bringing machine 'default' up with 'docker' provider...
==> default: Creating and configuring docker networks...
==> default: Creating the container...
    default:   Name: qemu-test_default_1660850922
    default:  Image: centos:latest
    default: Volume: /Users/samarthya/sourcebox/
A Docker command executed by Vagrant didn't complete successfully!
The command run along with the output from the command is shown

Command: ["docker", "run", "--name", "qemu-test_default_1660850922", "-d", "-v", "/Users/samarthya/sourcebox/", "centos7:latest", {:notify=>[:stdout, :stderr]}]

Stderr: Unable to find image 'centos:latest' locally
docker: Error response from daemon: pull access denied for centos7, repository does not exist or may require 'docker login': denied: requested access to the resource is denied.
See 'docker run --help'.


Once you login docker login it should be able to pull the image (can be confirmed with docker images command)

The error I am stuck at is

==> default: Starting container...
Guest-specific operations were attempted on a machine that is not
ready for guest communication. This should not happen and a bug
should be reported.

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