Vagrant vs VirtualBox: What are the differences?
What is Vagrant? A tool for building and distributing development environments. Vagrant provides the framework and configuration format to create and manage complete portable development environments. These development environments can live on your computer or in the cloud, and are portable between Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
What is VirtualBox? 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.
Vagrant can be classified as a tool in the "Virtual Machine Management" category, while VirtualBox is grouped under "Virtualization Platform".
Some of the features offered by Vagrant are:
- Up And SSH
- Synced Folders
On the other hand, VirtualBox provides the following key features:
- No hardware virtualization required
- Guest Additions: shared folders, seamless windows, 3D virtualization
"Development environments", "Simple bootstraping" and "Free" are the key factors why developers consider Vagrant; whereas "Free", "Easy" and "Default for vagrant" are the primary reasons why VirtualBox is favored.
Vagrant is an open source tool with 18.6K GitHub stars and 3.74K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Vagrant's open source repository on GitHub.
According to the StackShare community, VirtualBox has a broader approval, being mentioned in 721 company stacks & 944 developers stacks; compared to Vagrant, which is listed in 802 company stacks and 475 developer stacks.
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