Hello friends,

If you remember our post about virtual machines running under Virtualbox then you are probably wondering if it is possible to find pre-installed solutions that you can import and start using for local WordPress tests.

The great news is that this is possible. In this post I will show you where you can find pre-installed virtual machines for local WordPress testing under Virtualbox.

If such solutions exist, should I use them instead of configuring an Ubuntu (or other) server under Virtualbox by myself?

In terms of local testing – yes. But if you are aiming to use them for other purposes, I’d advise to either start installing or configuring the server by yourself or at least to check the configuration of the pre-installed solution and improve it if necessary. For production servers, based on virtual machines, I’d advise to seek for assistance from an experienced system administrator. Let’s not forget to mention that there are far more advanced solutions than Virtualbox for this purpose (for example Open Stack).

The reason that I am giving you this advice is because the pre-installed solutions are meant to save you time and effort. This may be enough for local testing in most cases, however for other purposes these virtual machines might lack in security. Also even for local WordPress testing you may need to configure them additionally in order to make all of your plugins function correctly.

OK, where can I find these pre-installed virtual machines?

Some of the machines contain only a Linux distribution without any additional configuration. These machines are meant to remove the need to make a new installation and basic configuration. Once you download them and import them in Virtualbox you can install and configure LAMP so that you can run WordPress locally.

Such machines can be found from OSBoxes (click to visit). There you can find images for both Virtualbox and VMware. Select the distribution that you desire to use and then follow the instructions provided on the website. You will find out the username and the password that were created for the virtual machine.

Here is what you need to do in order to use the machine: Add a new virtual machine in Virtualbox. Select the appropriate distribution and then follow the wizard until you reach the section that asks you to either create a new virtual disk or to use an existing one. Simply point the VDI or VMDK file that you have downloaded from OSBoxes and complete the virtual machine configuration. Once you run it you will get a pre-installed Linux with graphical interface. For additional configurations you need to update the distribution and also install VirtualBox Guest Add-Ons. Then you need to install and configure LAMP.

Other solutions provide LAMP Stack in a pre-installed virtual machine. Once you import/add them in Virtualbox you need to follow additional steps and apply a few settings and then you will be able to configure your databases and run WordPress locally. Turnkey Linux provides such machine. You can download it from here.

Finally there are solutions that even contain WordPress within them and you can start adjusting the sample local site right away. Turnkey Linux has such a machine which can be downloaded from here.

Another option is to use a Bitnami virtual machine. You can grab one from here.

From this website you can download another pre-installed WordPress virtual machine.

So there you have it friends. Will you use pre-installed virtual machines or will you try to configure your own one? Share any thoughts on this topic in the comment section below. If you have any questions – we will be happy to assist you.

See you soon, friends!