Building a Mikrotik RouterOS 7 CHR Libvirt Box

Mikrotik RouterOS 7 CHR is supported by the netlab libvirt package command. To build it:

  • Create an empty directory on a Ubuntu machine with libvirt and Vagrant.

  • Download the CHR 7 vmdk disk image into that directory (unzip the ZIP archive if you downloaded a .zip file)

  • Execute netlab libvirt package routeros7 virtual-disk-file-name and follow the instructions


If you’re using a ‌netlab release older than 1.8.2, or if you’re using a Linux distribution other than Ubuntu, please read the box-building caveats first.

Initial Device Configuration

During the box-building process (inspired by the step-by-step instructions by Stefano Sasso), you’ll have to copy-paste the initial device configuration. netlab libvirt config routeros7 command displays the build recipe:

Creating initial configuration for RouterOS 7

* Wait for the 'login' prompt
* Login as 'admin' (no password)
* Set the new 'admin' password as 'admin'
  (do not use a different password, this is what netlab expects)
* Copy-paste the following configuration


/interface ethernet set 0 name=temp

/system scheduler
add name="boot" on-event=":delay 00:00:10 \r\n/ip dhcp-client set 0 interface=[/interface ethernet get 0 name]" start-time=startup interval=0s disabled=no


* Poweroff the VM with `/system/shutdown`

Hack for the ether1 Interface

The initial device configuration includes a hack to create a DHCP address on the new VM’s first ethernet interface (ether1).

RouterOS saves the existing network interfaces, together with their names, and checks for their existence on subsequent boots. Every time it finds a new ethernet interface, the new interface is added to the list with a “sequence number,” i.e., ether2, ether3, and so on.

The network interface we used during the installation will no longer be present at the next boot time, and the “new” first interface will be called ether2, which we don’t like.

However, if we rename the current interface to something other than ether1, the “new” first interface will be called ether1 – exactly what we need.

At the same time, since the DHCP client configuration is linked to the current interface (and the configuration is referenced by ID, not by interface name), we need to change the DHCP Client configuration on every boot to use the new ether1 interface – that’s the role of the system scheduler script included in the initial configuration.