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This document describes the automatic installation procedure for your Open Smart Grid Platform development environment.

Manual installation

If you would like to follow the manual installation procedure, please proceed to the Manual Installation Chapter.


Creating a Virtual Machine using Virtual Box and Vagrant

To improve the usability of the Installation process, a Vagrant file and some puppet scripts are used to automatically set-up an virtual Open Smart Grid Platform development environment. The following steps will describe how to install VirtualBox, Vagrant and kick off the procedure by running the vagrant up command.

System Requirements

The following system requirements are recommended:

  • Core i5/i7 ~2.5GHz Dual Core, Quad Core recommended
  • At least 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM recommended
  • At least 20 GB free space, 50 GB free space recommended

The installation procedure has been tested on Windows 7, Windows 10, MacOS, Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

Install Vagrant and VirtualBox

Start by downloading VirtualBox by going to And follow the installation steps.

note: If you already have VirtualBox, make sure it is at least version 5.1.6

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note: Check whether Virtualbox stores the images on a drive with enough free space. (Open Oracle VM VirtualBox Manager -> Preferences -> General -> Default Machine Folder).

Now download and install Vagrant. Vagrant is available at the following URL:

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note: If you already have Vagrant, make sure it is at least version 1.8.6 Complete the installation and restart your PC.

note: If you did a fresh install of Vagrant and already had a command prompt open, make sure you close this command prompt and open it again.


  • Remember to enable Virtualization in your system BIOS.
  • Also disable Hyper-V in Windows (can be found in Windows Features)

Download and run the Vagrant file

First create a new directory (for example: D:\My Vagrant Images\OSGP Development\)

Browse to and save the png image and Vagrantfile files in your newly created directory.

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  • Make sure that the file is named like this: Vagrantfile without an extension!
  • If the file has an extension (for example .txt) you can rename the file using the following console command. MacOS/Linux:
    mv Vagrantfile.txt Vagrantfile
    move Vagrantfile.txt Vagrantfile

Now open a Command Prompt and navigate to the newly created directory where you just put the files.

note: When you open the Vagrantfile you see that default the image is configured to run in virtualbox with 2 cpu cores and 8192 MB of RAM. If you need to you can change this to more or less cpu cores and RAM, but it is recommended to use the provided settings.

Run the following command: vagrant up

note: In case of error bad uri Images/OSGP Development/hashicorp/cxtlabs/vagrant-ubuntu-16.04-mate then use the following command;

  • vagrant destroy
  • vagrant box add cxtlabs/vagrant-ubuntu-16.04-mate
  • vagrant up

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Vagrant will now automatically download an Ubuntu image (+- 2.6 Gb), create a virtualbox image from it and run the installation puppet script when finished. This might take a while, depending on your internet speed. After some time (while the script is still running) you will notice that a window with an Ubuntu Virtual Machine pops-up. Don't log in yet, wait until the script in the Console is finished.

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  • If the script fails for some reason (eg. Errors in the console such as time outs during downloading), you can retry the procedure by running the following command vagrant destroy && vagrant up

Now that the script has ran its course, go to the Ubuntu virtual machine and log in as 'The "dev" user', when asked for a password, enter 'dev'.

Optimize your Open Smart Grid Platform Development virtualbox image.

At this point you also can adjust the virtualbox settings like cpus and memory size. If you don't want to adjust this proceed to Chapter 2.1.3 Setup Open Smart Grid Platform

If you do want to update the virtualbox settings for this image, shut down the image first:

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Once the machine has been Shut Down, open VirtualBox and right click on the new virtual machine (called "OSGP Development") and select Settings. Go to System and increase the Base Memory of the system to at least 6144 MB (6 GB) (or the maximum recommended (in green) amount for your system).

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Now go to the Processor Tab and increase the amount of Processors to the maximum recommended (in green) amount.

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Close the Settings window and Start the Virtual Machine again. Once it is booted, you should be automatically logged in as the 'Dev' user.

Post actions

In order to use git correctly you need to execute the following commands in a terminal:

git config --global ""
git config --global 


You just created a virtual machine running Ubuntu with pre-installed tooling. Proceed with Platform Setup of the guide describing how to set-up the open smart grid platform.