» Install Packer
Installing Packer is simple. There are two approaches to installing Packer:
Downloading a precompiled binary is easiest, and we provide downloads over TLS along with SHA256 sums to verify the binary. We also distribute a PGP signature with the SHA256 sums that can be verified.
» Precompiled Binaries
To install the precompiled binary, download the appropriate package for your system. Packer is currently packaged as a zip file. We do not have any near term plans to provide system packages.
Once the zip is downloaded, unzip it into any directory. The
inside is all that is necessary to run Packer (or
packer.exe for Windows). Any
additional files, if any, aren't required to run Packer.
Copy the binary to anywhere on your system. If you intend to access it from the
command-line, make sure to place it somewhere on your
» Compiling from Source
Clone the Packer repository from GitHub into your
$ mkdir -p $GOPATH/src/github.com/hashicorp && cd $_ $ git clone https://github.com/hashicorp/packer.git $ cd packer
Build Packer for your current system and put the binary in
./bin/(relative to the git checkout). The
make devtarget is just a shortcut that builds
packerfor only your local build environment (no cross-compiled targets).
$ make dev
» Verifying the Installation
To verify Packer is properly installed, run
packer -v on your system. You
should see help output. If you are executing it from the command line, make sure
it is on your PATH or you may get an error about Packer not being found.
$ packer -v