cernvm-launch utility is a single binary for Windows, Linux, and Mac that creates, lists, and destroys (interactive) CernVMs on VirtualBox. It works similar to the
docker command line utilities. It is meant to be used for interactive (graphical) CernVM instances on a local workstation or laptop. The tool should be self-describing but there is also usage documentation.
As a one time preparation you need to:
- Install VirtualBox.
- Download the CernVM-Launch binary for your operating system and put it in your
PATHenvironment (see below).
Once installed, you can manage CernVM instances using different "context" ASCII files, which you can store on your computer.
The installation process depends on the platform. For instructions how to install VirtualBox, please visit the official VirtualBox page.
Run the following commands in your terminal.
# Download if [ "x$(uname -s)" = "xLinux" ]; then curl -o cernvm-launch https://ecsft.cern.ch/dist/cernvm/launch/bin/Linux/cernvm-launch else curl -o cernvm-launch https://ecsft.cern.ch/dist/cernvm/launch/bin/Mac/cernvm-launch fi chmod +x cernvm-launch # make it executable # As root user, place it in a directory from the $PATH environment sudo cp cernvm-launch /usr/local/bin
You can pick a different directory from your
$PATH environment. Use
echo $PATH to see all possible directories.
Download the cernvm-launch executable. Open a Windows prompt as an Administrator
- Click the Start icon
- Right-click on "cmd.exe" and click "Run as administrator"
Go to the directory where you have the downloaded binary, e.g.
From there, copy the binary in a directory, which is a default path for executable, e.g.
copy cernvm-launch.exe C:\Windows
You can see your path directories with