PCF Dev Overview

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This guide describes how to install and use PCF Dev, a lightweight Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) installation that runs on a single virtual machine (VM) on your workstation. PCF Dev is intended for application developers who want to develop and debug their applications locally on a PCF deployment.

PCF Dev includes Pivotal Application Service (PAS) , Redis, RabbitMQ, and MySQL. It also supports all Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface (cf CLI) functionality. See the Comparing PCF Dev to Pivotal Cloud Foundry table below for more product details.


  • VirtualBox: 5.0+: PCF Dev uses VirtualBox as its virtualizer.
  • The latest version of the cf CLI: Use the cf CLI to push and scale apps.
  • You must have an Internet connection for DNS. See Using PCF Dev Offline if you do not have an Internet connection.
  • At least 3 GB of available memory on your host machine. Pivotal recommends running on a host system with at least 8 GB of total RAM.

Installing PCF Dev

Configuring and Using PCF Dev

Comparing PCF Dev to Pivotal Cloud Foundry

PCF Dev mirrors PCF in its key product offerings. If an application runs on PCF Dev, it runs on PCF with no modification in almost all cases. Review the table below for key product details.

Space required 20 GB 100GB+ 50GB+
Memory required 3 GB 50GB+ variable
Deployment cf dev start Ops Manager bosh create-env
Estimated time-to-deploy 10 Minutes Hour+ Hour+
Out-of-the-Box Services Redis
Compatible with CF CLI
Deploy apps with any supported buildpack
Supports Multi-Tenancy
Diego Support
Docker Support
User-Provided Services
High Availability
Integration with 3rd party Authorization
BOSH Director
(i.e., can perform additional BOSH deployments)
Day Two Lifecycle Operations
(e.g., rolling upgrades, security patches)
Ops Manager
Apps Manager
Tile Support
Developers have root-level access across cluster
Does not depend on BOSH
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