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Setting Up Packer

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.

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Clock icon Oct 02, 2020

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  1. Challenge

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

  2. Challenge

    Download and Expand the File

    1. Download the file:

      curl -o
    2. Expand the file:

  3. Challenge

    "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

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