Setting up an OS X host with an Ubuntu Virtual Machine

I enjoy working with OS X however Ubuntu is great for setting up a server quickly with modern packages.

I use VirtualBox to run my Virtual Machine.

Ubuntu packages I use for PHP / MySQL development:

`sshfs mysql-server-5.7 apache2 php7.0 libapache2-mod-php7.0 php7.0-mysql php7.0-curl php7.0-json php7.0-cgi php7.0-xml php7.0-zip`

I’ve found running my code on OS X best for quickly allowing my IDE to edit it. I then use sshfs to mount the OS X machine from inside the Ubuntu VM.

On the OS X Host:

Add your SSH key from the Ubuntu Virtual machine to your authorized_keys file:


On the Ubuntu VM:

Edit /etc/fuse.conf and uncomment:


sshfs -o cache_timeout=5 -o idmap=user -o allow_other -o gid=33 -o uid=33 USER_NAME@HOST:/HOST/PATH /LOCAL/PATH

I’m using user id 33, that’s the user id of the www-data user on my Ubuntu VM. You can find that out easily with:

id -u www-data

I find for my Symfony projects it’s better to put the cache and log directory in another location on the Virtual Machine.

mkdir -p ~/sites/PROJECT_NAME
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