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How does it work?

BoxGrinder creates appliances (also called images) from simple plain text Appliance Definition Files. There are only two simple steps to create an appliance:

  1. Create Appliance Definition File. Check out our wiki page for detailed information about the structure and examples.
  2. Run BoxGrinder. BoxGrinder will download all necessary artifact, build the instance, convert it to selected platform and upload it to selected destination. All in one process!

Here is an example appliance definition file for a very basic Fedora appliance:

  1. name: f14-jeos
  2. summary: Just Enough Operating System based on Fedora 14
  3. os:
  4.   name: fedora
  5.   version: 14
  6. hardware:
  7.   partitions:
  8.     "/":
  9.       size: 2
  10. packages:
  11.   includes:
  12.     - @core

Learn more

If you are new to BoxGrinder – watch the introduction video!

BoxGrinder supports many virtualization and Cloud platofrm like EC2, Xen, KVM, VMware. You can create appliance based on Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux or CentOS. You are of course free to write your own plugin to support other virtualization platform or operating system!

Refer to latest documentation for get more information about BoxGrinder. You can find there code examples and detailed usage instructions.

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