Solved : Vagrant failed to initialize at a very early stage powershell error

If you are using Vagrant on Ubuntu and encounter any errors related to the Powershell executable, there is no need to panic. This is a very common problem and easy to solve. Here is a simple guide to resolve the “No Powershell executable found in available PATH” error.


When you run vagrant status, you may see something like this:

root@cloudvedas:~# vagrant status
Vagrant failed to initialize at a very early stage:
Failed to locate the powershell executable on the available PATH. Please
ensure powershell is installed and available on the local PATH, then
run the command again.

Basically, Vagrant can't find Powershell in your system PATH.

Solution: Add Powershell to PATH

To fix this issue, you need to add the Powershell executable to your system's PATH. Here's how to do this in Ubuntu:

  1. Open Terminal: First of all, open Terminal.

  2. Update your PATH: Run the following command to add the Powershell executable to your PATH.


    This command simply adds the Powershell directory to your existing PATH variable.

  3. Check your PATH: Verify that the PATH update is working by running:

    echo $PATH

    You should see /mnt/c/Windows/System32/WindowsPowerShell/v1.0 in the output.

  4. Run Vagrant again: Try running the Vagrant command again.

    vagrant status


Adding the Powershell path to your system's PATH variable will fix the error, allowing you to use Vagrant without any issues. This way, Vagrant can find the Powershell executable it needs to function properly.

If the issue persists, check the paths you added and make sure that Powershell is installed correctly on your system.

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