Running the Calico tutorials on CoreOS Container Linux using Vagrant and VirtualBox

These instructions allow you to set up a CoreOS Container Linux cluster ready to network Docker containers with Calico networking using Vagrant.

1. Streamlined setup of the VMs

1.1 Install dependencies

1.2 Download the source files

mkdir demo; cd demo
curl -O
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curl -O

1.4 Startup and SSH

Run the following:

vagrant up

To connect to your servers

  • Linux/Mac OS X
    • run vagrant ssh <hostname>
  • Windows
    • Follow instructions from
    • run vagrant putty <hostname>

1.5 Verify environment

You should now have two CoreOS Container Linux servers, each running etcd in a cluster. The servers are named calico-01 and calico-02 and IP addresses and

At this point, it’s worth checking that your servers can ping each other.

From calico-01


From calico-02


If you see ping failures, the likely culprit is a problem with the VirtualBox network between the VMs. You should check that each host is connected to the same virtual network adapter in VirtualBox and rebooting the host may also help. Remember to shut down the VMs with vagrant halt before you reboot.

You should also verify each host can access etcd. The following will return an error if etcd is not available.

curl -L

And finally check that Docker is running on both hosts by running

docker ps

2. Install Calico

With your VMs running, and connectivity between them established, it is time to launch calico/node.

The Vagrant machines already have calicoctl installed. Use it to launch calico/node:

sudo ETCD_ENDPOINTS= calicoctl node run

This will start the calico/node container on this host. Check it is running:

docker ps

You should see output like this on each node

vagrant@calico-01:~$ docker ps
CONTAINER ID        IMAGE                        COMMAND             CREATED             STATUS              PORTS               NAMES
408bd2b9ba53   "start_runit"       About an hour ago   Up About an hour                        calico-node

Next Steps

Now that you have a basic two node CoreOS Container Linux cluster setup, see Security using Calico Profiles for a simple security walkthrough.