Chef Zero is a simple, easy-install, in-memory Chef server that can be useful for Chef Client testing and chef-solo-like tasks that require a full Chef Server. It IS intended to be simple, Chef 11+ compliant, easy to run and fast to start. It is NOT intended to be secure, scalable, performant or persistent. It does NO input validation, authentication or authorization (it will not throw a 400, 401 or 403). It does not save data, and will start up empty each time you start it.
Because Chef Zero runs in memory, it's super fast and lightweight. This makes it perfect for testing against a "real" Chef Server without mocking the entire Internet.
This server can be installed as a Ruby Gem.
$ gem install chef-zero
If you're using bundler, add
chef-zero as a development dependency:
group :development do gem 'chef-zero' end
Or in a
You can also clone the source repository and install it using
One of chef-zero's primary uses is as a small test server for people writing and testing clients. Here's a simple example of starting it up:
require 'chef_zero/server' server = ChefZero::Server.new(port: 4000) server.start
This will create a server instance in the foreground. To stop the server:
This is great for debugging and logging requests, but you'll probably want to run this in the background so you have full control of your thread.
To run Chef Zero in the background, simply issue the
require 'chef_zero/server' server = ChefZero::Server.new(port: 4000) server.start_background
You can stop the server the same way:
You may currently pass the following options to the initializer:
host- the host to run on (Default: '127.0.0.1')
port- the port to run on (Default: 8889)
debug- run in debug mode to see all requests and responses (Default: false)
CLI (Command Line)
If you don't want to use Chef Zero as a library, you can simply start an instance with the included
Note, this will run in the foreground.
You now have a fully functional (empty) Chef Server running.
To try it out, go into the
chef-zero/playground directory and run
knife. It will behave the same as a normal Chef Server, and all normal knife commands will work (show, list, delete, from file, upload, download, diff ...). For example, with +knife-essentials+ (or Chef 11) you can upload everything in the repo:
chef-zero/playground> knife upload . Created nodes/desktop.json Created data_bags/dns Created environments/production.json Created nodes/lb.json Created nodes/dns.json Created nodes/ldap.json Created nodes/www.json Created data_bags/dns/services.json Created environments/staging.json Created data_bags/passwords Created data_bags/users Created data_bags/users/jkeiser.json Created data_bags/passwords/github.json Created data_bags/passwords/twitter.json Created data_bags/users/schisamo.json Created data_bags/users/sethvargo.json Created cookbooks/apache2 Created cookbooks/php chef-zero/playground> knife environment list _default production staging
To use it in your own repository, create a
knife.rb like so:
chef_server_url 'http://127.0.0.1:8889' node_name 'stickywicket' client_key 'path_to_any_pem_file.pem'
And use knife like you normally would.
Since Chef Zero does no authentication, any
.pem file will do. The client just needs something to sign requests with (which will be ignored on the server). Even though it's ignored, the
.pem must still be a valid format.
Now, stop the Chef Zero server and all the data is gone!
chef-zero --help to see a list of the supported flags and options:
Usage: chef-zero [ARGS] -H, --host HOST Host to bind to (default: 127.0.0.1) -p, --port PORT Port to listen on (e.g. 8889, or 8500-8600 or 8885,8888) --[no-]generate-keys Whether to generate actual keys or fake it (faster). Default: false. -d, --daemon Run as a daemon process -l, --log-level LEVEL Set the output log level --log-file FILE Log to a file --enterprise Whether to run in enterprise mode --multi-org Whether to run in multi-org mode --file-store PATH Persist data to files at the given path --[no-]ssl Use SSL with self-signed certificate(Auto generate before every run). Default: false. -h, --help Show this message --version Show version
For information on contributing to this project see https://github.com/chef/chef/blob/master/CONTRIBUTING.md
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