Nur Rony
Polyglot Programmer, DevOps and Forever Learner

Resize Hard Disk of a Vagrant box

Resize Hard Disk of a Vagrant box

While working with Vagrant, we may need to change Harddisk. But AFIAK, Vagrant does not provide a straight solution to resize the hard disk. I tried to google a lot but most of the solution I found did not work for me. The following solution works for me.

Using vagrant-disksize plugin

This is the easiest way to resize hard disk of a Vagrant box. It is sufficient for most of the use cases.

Install and using vagrant-disksize plugin
Just run the following command in your terminal

vagrant plugin install vagrant-disksize

then update your Vagrantfile as follows

Vagrant.configure('2') do |config| = 'ubuntu/xenial64'
  config.disksize.size = '60GB'

Using VBoxManage

As Vagrant use VBoxManage under the hood, you can do whatever you want to do with your Vagrant box with it

vagrant box add ubuntu/trusty64 --box-version 20150609.0.9
cd ~/.vagrant.d/boxes/ubuntu-VAGRANTSLASH-trusty64/20150609.0.9/virtualbox/
VBoxManage clonehd box-disk1.vmdk tmp-disk.vdi --format vdi
VBoxManage modifyhd tmp-disk.vdi --resize 61440
VBoxManage clonehd tmp-disk.vdi resized-disk.vmdk --format vmdk
rm tmp-disk.vdi box-disk1.vmdk
mv resized-disk.vmdk box-disk1.vmdk

Generally it comes with 40GB base disk and after this the base HDD size should be 60GB.

Manually Updating Vagrantfile

config.vm.provider :virtualbox do |vb|
file_to_disk = File.realpath( "." ).to_s + "/disk.vdi"

    if ARGV[0] == "up" && ! File.exist?(file_to_disk) 
       puts "Creating 5GB disk #{file_to_disk}."
       vb.customize [
            '--filename', file_to_disk, 
            '--format', 'VDI', 
            '--size', 5000 * 1024 # 5 GB
       vb.customize [
            'storageattach', :id, 
            '--storagectl', 'SATA Controller', 
            '--port', 1, '--device', 0, 
            '--type', 'hdd', '--medium', 
 config.vm.provision "shell", path: "scripts/"

The content is as follows

set -e
set -x

if [ -f /etc/disk_added_date ]
   echo "disk already added so exiting."
   exit 0

sudo fdisk -u /dev/sdb <<EOF


pvcreate /dev/sdb1
vgextend VolGroup /dev/sdb1
lvextend /dev/VolGroup/lv_root
resize2fs /dev/VolGroup/lv_root

date > /etc/disk_added_date

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