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PyVBoxManage is a wrapper tool around VBoxManage that facilitates the orchestration of VBoxManage commands from a simple YAML configuration file that matches the input opts/args for VBoxManage. This makes it possible to implement common sequences of VBoxManage commands such as spinning up a new dev/test instance with different hardware just by using a single command line with a configuration file.

Variables, output redirection, exit-triggers and returncode-exceptions are available to make flexible setups.

Features #

  • Template variables
  • Output redirection to STDOUT, STDERR, filename
  • Exit triggers on string match within STDOUT or STDERR content (useful to prevent cloning/clobbering instance that is already running )
  • Permit exit returncodes other than 0 in cases where they may occur (eg configuring a --delete action when the instance does not yet exist)
  • Dry mode to test configurations before running them
  • Manage timeouts to prevent excessively long running VBoxManage commands (default 120 seconds, useful to prevent stalled VBoxManage tasks)
  • Variable overrides through command line args are possible
  • Documentation https://pyvboxmanage.readthedocs.io

Installation #

user@computer:~$ pip install pyvboxmanage

Command Line Usage #

Run a pyvboxmanage example configuration with --verbose logging output and override the variable target_vmname with a new value using the --setting argument.

user@computer:~$ pyvboxmanage --verbose examples/example01.yml --setting target_vmname=MyNewName  
DEBUG - pyvboxmanage v0.4.0
DEBUG - Loaded configuration file examples/example01.yml
DEBUG - Dry mode VBoxManage binary set to vboxmanage
DEBUG - Rendered command line: vboxmanage showvminfo MyNewName
DEBUG - Command line exec timeout 120
INFO - Successfully executed command line "vboxmanage showvminfo MyNewName"
DEBUG - Trigger string "running" is not present
DEBUG - Rendered command line: vboxmanage unregistervm MyNewName --delete
DEBUG - Command line exec timeout 120
INFO - Successfully executed command line "vboxmanage unregistervm MyNewName --delete"
DEBUG - Rendered command line: vboxmanage clonevm Ubuntu-20.04-master --basefolder "/opt/virtual-machines" --groups "/cicd" --mode "machine" --name "MyNewName" --register
DEBUG - Command line exec timeout 180
INFO - Successfully executed command line "vboxmanage clonevm Ubuntu-20.04-master --basefolder "/opt/virtual-machines" --groups "/cicd" --mode "machine" --name "MyNewName" --register"
DEBUG - Rendered command line: vboxmanage modifyvm MyNewName --bridgeadapter1 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter2 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter3 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter4 "enp0s25" --cableconnected1 "on" --cableconnected2 "on" --cableconnected3 "on" --cableconnected4 "on" --macaddress1 "08002722E901" --macaddress2 "08002722E902" --macaddress3 "08002722E903" --macaddress4 "08002722E904" --nic1 "bridged" --nic2 "bridged" --nic3 "bridged" --nic4 "bridged" --nictype1 "82543GC" --nictype2 "82543GC" --nictype3 "82543GC" --nictype4 "82543GC"
DEBUG - Command line exec timeout 120
INFO - Successfully executed command line "vboxmanage modifyvm MyNewName --bridgeadapter1 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter2 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter3 "enp0s25" --bridgeadapter4 "enp0s25" --cableconnected1 "on" --cableconnected2 "on" --cableconnected3 "on" --cableconnected4 "on" --macaddress1 "08002722E901" --macaddress2 "08002722E902" --macaddress3 "08002722E903" --macaddress4 "08002722E904" --nic1 "bridged" --nic2 "bridged" --nic3 "bridged" --nic4 "bridged" --nictype1 "82543GC" --nictype2 "82543GC" --nictype3 "82543GC" --nictype4 "82543GC""
DEBUG - Rendered command line: vboxmanage startvm MyNewName --type "gui"
DEBUG - Command line exec timeout 120
INFO - Successfully executed command line "vboxmanage startvm MyNewName --type "gui""

Plenty more configuration examples available here.

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