Setting Up Packer

10 minutes
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

HashiCorp Packer allows users to create identical, cross-platform machine images by writing templates that leverage our existing infrastructure tools. Before we can get started using Packer, however, we have to install it. In this hands-on lab, we’ll do just that.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Locate the Download File
  1. On the HashiCorp Packer download page, locate the link for previous versions of Packer.

  2. Once on the right page, find the proper zip file for Packer 1.5.5 on Linux (AMD). It will follow this directory tree:

    ├── packer
    │   ├──  packer_1.5.5
    │   │    ├──  packer_1.5.5_linux_amd64.zip
  3. Copy the location of the zip file, and then switch to the command line.

Download and Expand the File
  1. Download the file:

    curl https://releases.hashicorp.com/packer/1.5.5/packer_1.5.5_linux_amd64.zip -o packer.zip
  2. Expand the file:

    unzip packer.zip
“Install” Packer
  1. The quotes were a hint! We don’t have to install Packer, so much as just move the binary:

    sudo mv packer /usr/bin/packer
  2. Confirm by running packer --version and, optionally, clean up your work:

    packer --version
    rm packer.zip

Additional Resources

You are the newest employee of Pax Computopia's DevOps team and thus need to get your environment properly set up. Specifically, you need to get Packer installed so you can start your first project. Your current teammates are all on version 1.5.5 (AMD), so be sure to install the right one on your Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver workstation!

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