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Laravel Homestead vs VirtualBox: What are the differences?

Developers describe Laravel Homestead as "The official Laravel local development environment (Vagrant box)". Laravel Homestead is an official, pre-packaged Vagrant "box" that provides you a wonderful development environment without requiring you to install PHP, HHVM, a web server, and any other server software on your local machine. Homestead runs on any Windows, Mac, or Linux system, and includes the Nginx web server, PHP 5.6, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and all of the other goodies you need to develop amazing Laravel applications. On the other hand, VirtualBox is detailed as "Run nearly any operating system on a single machine and to freely switch between OS instances running simultaneously". VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.

Laravel Homestead belongs to "Virtual Machine" category of the tech stack, while VirtualBox can be primarily classified under "Virtualization Platform".

Some of the features offered by Laravel Homestead are:

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • PHP 5.6
  • HHVM

On the other hand, VirtualBox provides the following key features:

  • Portability
  • No hardware virtualization required
  • Guest Additions: shared folders, seamless windows, 3D virtualization

"Easy to setup" is the primary reason why developers consider Laravel Homestead over the competitors, whereas "Free" was stated as the key factor in picking VirtualBox.

Laravel Homestead is an open source tool with 3.14K GitHub stars and 1.32K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Laravel Homestead's open source repository on GitHub.

Lyft, Coursera, and Typeform are some of the popular companies that use VirtualBox, whereas Laravel Homestead is used by Timekit, Pitcherific, and HigherMe. VirtualBox has a broader approval, being mentioned in 724 company stacks & 977 developers stacks; compared to Laravel Homestead, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 24 developer stacks.

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What is Laravel Homestead?

Laravel Homestead is an official, pre-packaged Vagrant "box" that provides you a wonderful development environment without requiring you to install PHP, HHVM, a web server, and any other server software on your local machine. Homestead runs on any Windows, Mac, or Linux system, and includes the Nginx web server, PHP 5.6, MySQL, Postgres, Redis, Memcached, and all of the other goodies you need to develop amazing Laravel applications.

What is VirtualBox?

VirtualBox is a powerful x86 and AMD64/Intel64 virtualization product for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2.
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      What are some alternatives to Laravel Homestead and VirtualBox?
      Docker
      The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
      Laravel
      It is a web application framework with expressive, elegant syntax. It attempts to take the pain out of development by easing common tasks used in the majority of web projects, such as authentication, routing, sessions, and caching.
      XAMPP
      It consists mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages.
      HHVM (HipHop Virtual Machine)
      HHVM uses a just-in-time (JIT) compilation approach to achieve superior performance while maintaining the flexibility that PHP developers are accustomed to. To date, HHVM (and its predecessor HPHPc before it) has realized over a 9x increase in web request throughput and over a 5x reduction in memory consumption for Facebook compared with the PHP 5.2 engine + APC.
      Azure Virtual Machines
      You can create Linux and Windows virtual machines. It gives you the flexibility of virtualization for a wide range of computing solutions—development and testing, running applications, and extending your datacenter. It’s the freedom of open-source software configured the way you need it.
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      Avatar of SauloNunes
      Business Analyst with skills in FullStack Development Desktop Web and Mobile at LeanWork
      Review ofVirtualBoxVirtualBox

      Sometimes you will need to customize your virtualbox and you can easily add virtualbox commands inside your vagrantfile

      Example of USB connection Share Between Host and VM

      #Use $VBoxManage list usbhost To list Usb Ports and Get Your Device VENDORID and PRODUCTID
      
      v.customize ["modifyvm", :id, "--usb", "on"]
      
      v.customize ['usbfilter', 'add', '0', '--target', :id, '--name', 'ESP', '--vendorid', '0x22b8', '--productid', '0x2e76']
      
      How developers use Laravel Homestead and VirtualBox
      Avatar of Ana Phi Sancho
      Ana Phi Sancho uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

      Network and security programs. install and run multiple operating systems. Good to understand computer networks - internet and multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication (combine a variety of software and services)

      Avatar of Dynamictivity
      Dynamictivity uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

      We use Virtualbox in combination with Vagrant during development to ensure a consistent test/development environment. This helps to reduce the number of defects when our software goes to production.

      Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
      Cyrus Stoller uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

      For running a VM locally with Vagrant. It can be a little irritable, but it's open source and free, so I'm not complaining. I would probably use VMWare, but I don't want to pay for it right now.

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      davidk01 uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

      Virtualbox is managed by Vagrant and it sets up a local development environment so that anyone can test their changes before pushing the changes upstream.

      Avatar of Tim De Lange
      Tim De Lange uses VirtualBoxVirtualBox

      Development test boxes. I dont like virtualbox that much - but for a while it was the only free vmware alternative.

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