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How to install older Plone versions on newer machines

by nguyen — published Nov 07, 2013 11:52 PM, last modified Aug 16, 2016 10:50 AM
using the Vagrant/VirtualBox install kit

If you need to install Plone 3.1.7 on your Mac (or any machine, including Windows), this is the easiest method to do so now. Go to

and click on the "VirtualBox/Vagrant install kit" link, where you'll be taken to instructions.

Basically the first four installation steps are:

• Install VirtualBox:
• Install Vagrant:
• If you are using Windows, install the Putty ssh kit: Install all the binaries, or at least putty.exe and plink.exe.
• Download and unpack PloneDev-Vagrant

To install Plone 3.1.7 instead of Plone 4.3.2, in the 4th step do not grab and use that file.  Instead use this one, attached.  Continue following the rest of the instructions.  Where they refer to a new directory called Plone, you'll see one called Plone-3.1.7.

The differences between and the one I created for Plone 3.1.7 are in the manifest/ script and in the Vagrantfile.  These changes tell Vagrant to download and use the Plone 3.1.7 unified installer instead of the one for Plone 4.3.2.  They also tell the unified installer to create a "Plone-3.1.7" directory instead of one called (too generically) "Plone".