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Setting up Digital Ocean provider for Vagrant

I recently tried provisioning a Digital Ocean instance using Vagrant and failed. All references on the Interwebs seem to be quiet old (from 2013) and seem to use V1 of the Digital Ocean API.

In this post I’ll detail the steps I followed to get one up and running.


These steps were tried on Mac OS X 10.9.4, I would hope that they apply to other *nix family of operating systems as well. I am running Vagrant v1.3.5 which I realize is not the most recent version.

Get the right Plugin

There seem to be two plugins out there digital_ocean and vagrant-digital_ocean. The latter worked for me.

vagrant plugin install vagrant-digital_ocean

The other plugin still sets up things right (I could see it listed in ~/.vagrant.d/plugins.json but could never use it).

OpenSSL and Certificates

I installed OpenSSL using brew.

brew install openssl

which setup some paths for me under /usr/local/etc/openssl(homebrew specific).

Now I needed a certificate file which OpenSSL could use to connect to Digital Ocean. Apparently, this file used to be provided as part of curl-ca-bundle homebrew bundle, but I couldn’t install it (Not found). Instead I used this URL to get it and un-tarred it into /usr/local/etc/openssl/certs. This gave me /usr/local/etc/openssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt file.

Configure Environment

After the certificate file was setup, I modified my ~/.profile to include:

export SSL_CERT_FILE=/usr/local/etc/openssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt

Digital Ocean Access Token

I then went to the Apps & API section on my Digital Ocean Web Interface and created a new Personal Access Token. Digital Ocean gave me a long hex string which I exported as an environment variable in my ~/.profile file:


I then re-sourced my ~/.profile:

. ~/.profile

Digital Ocean Provider configuration in Vagrantfile

Finally, I setup Digital Ocean configuration in my Vagrantfile:

config.vm.provider :digital_ocean do |provider|
    raise RuntimeError, "No Digital Ocean access token has been set. Set the DIGITAL_OCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN environment variable." unless ENV["DIGITAL_OCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN"]

    provider.token = ENV["DIGITAL_OCEAN_ACCESS_TOKEN"]
    provider.image = "Ubuntu 14.04 x64"
    provider.region = "nyc2"
    provider.ca_path = "/usr/local/etc/openssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt"
    provider.size = "512MB";

Bringing up Vagrant

I was then able to provision a Vagrant instance on Digital Ocean using:

vagrant up --provider=digital_ocean

Things seemed to work fine thereafter. Hope this helps.