Installation on Vagrant

A Vagrantfile is available into virtualization/vagrant folder for quickly spinning up a Linux virtual machine running Home Assistant. This can be beneficial for those who want to experiment with Home Assistant and/or developers willing to easily test local changes and run test suite against them.

Vagrant is intended for testing/development only. It is NOT recommended for permanent installations.

Install Vagrant

You must have Vagrant and Virtualbox installed on your workstation.

Get Home Assistant source code

Download the Home Assistant source code by either downloading the .zip file from GitHub releases page or by using Git

$ git clone
$ cd home-assistant/virtualization/vagrant

The following instructions will assume you changed your working directory to be home-assistant/virtualization/vagrant. This is mandatory because Vagrant will look for informations about the running VM inside that folder and won’t work otherwise

When using Vagrant on Windows, change git’s auto.crlf to input before cloning the Home Assistant repository. With input setting git won’t automatically change line endings from Unix LF to Windows CRLF. Shell scripts executed during provision won’t work with Windows line endings.

$ git config --global core.autocrlf input

Create the Vagrant VM and start Home Assistant

$ vagrant up

This will download and start a virtual machine using Virtualbox, which will internally setup the development environment necessary to start Home Assistant process and run test suite as well. After the VM has started successfully, the Home Assistant frontend will be accessible locally from your browser at http://localhost:8123

Stopping Vagrant

To shutdown the Vagrant host:

$ vagrant halt

To start it again, just run vagrant up

Restarting Home Assistant process to test changes

The root home-assistant directory on your workstation will be mirrored with /home-assistant inside the VM. In virtualization/vagrant there’s also a config folder that you can use to drop configuration files (Check the Getting started section for more information about how to configure Home Assistant).

Any changes made to the local directory on your workstation will be available from the Vagrant host, so to apply your changes to the Home Assistant process, just restart it:

$ touch restart ; vagrant provision

Run test suite (Tox)

To run tests against your changes:

$ touch run_tests ; vagrant provision


To completely remove the VM:

$ rm setup_done ; vagrant destroy -f

You can now recreate a completely new Vagrant host with vagrant up


If you run into any issues, please see the troubleshooting page. It contains solutions to many of the more commonly encountered issues.

In addition to this site, check out these sources for additional help:

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