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Installs haproxy and prepares the configuration location.



  • Ubuntu (10.04+ due to config option change)
  • Debian (6.0+)


  • node['haproxy']['incoming_address'] - sets the address to bind the haproxy process on, (all addresses) by default
  • node['haproxy']['incoming_port'] - sets the port on which haproxy listens
  • node['haproxy']['member_port'] - the port that member systems will be listening on, default 80
  • node['haproxy']['app_server_role'] - used by the app_lb recipe to search for a specific role of member systems. Default webserver.
  • node['haproxy']['balance_algorithm'] - sets the load balancing algorithm; defaults to roundrobin.
  • node['haproxy']['enable_ssl'] - whether or not to create listeners for ssl, default false
  • node['haproxy']['ssl_incoming_address'] - sets the address to bind the haproxy on for SSL, (all addresses) by default
  • node['haproxy']['ssl_member_port'] - the port that member systems will be listening on for ssl, default 8443
  • node['haproxy']['ssl_incoming_port'] - sets the port on which haproxy listens for ssl, default 443
  • node['haproxy']['httpchk'] - used by the app_lb recipe. If set, will configure httpchk in haproxy.conf
  • node['haproxy']['ssl_httpchk'] - used by the app_lb recipe. If set and enable_ssl is true, will configure httpchk in haproxy.conf for the ssl_applicaiton section
  • node['haproxy']['enable_admin'] - whether to enable the admin interface. default true. Listens on port 22002.
  • node['haproxy']['admin']['address_bind'] - sets the address to bind the administrative interface on, by default
  • node['haproxy']['admin']['port'] - sets the port for the administrative interface, 22002 by default
  • node['haproxy']['pid_file'] - the PID file of the haproxy process, used in the tuning recipe.
  • node['haproxy']['defaults_options'] - an array of options to use for the config file's defaults stanza, default is ["httplog", "dontlognull", "redispatch"]
  • node['haproxy']['defaults_timeouts']['connect'] - connect timeout in defaults stanza
  • node['haproxy']['defaults_timeouts']['client'] - client timeout in defaults stanza
  • node['haproxy']['defaults_timeouts']['server'] - server timeout in defaults stanza
  • node['haproxy']['x_forwarded_for'] - if true, creates an X-Forwarded-For header containing the original client's IP address. This option disables KeepAlive.
  • node['haproxy']['member_max_connections'] - the maxconn value to be set for each app server
  • node['haproxy']['user'] - user that haproxy runs as
  • node['haproxy']['group'] - group that haproxy runs as
  • node['haproxy']['global_max_connections'] - in the app_lb config, set the global maxconn
  • node['haproxy']['member_max_connections'] - in both configs, set the maxconn per member
  • node['haproxy']['frontend_max_connections'] - in the app_lb config, set the the maxconn per frontend member
  • node['haproxy']['frontend_ssl_max_connections'] - in the app_lb config, set the maxconn per frontend member using SSL



Sets up haproxy using statically defined configuration. To override the configuration, modify the templates/default/haproxy.cfg.erb file directly, or supply your own and override the cookbook and source by reopening the template[/etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg] resource.


Sets up haproxy using dynamically defined configuration through search. See Usage below.


Uses the community cpu cookbook's cpu_affinity LWRP to set affinity for the haproxy process.


Use either the default recipe or the app_lb recipe.

When using the default recipe, modify the haproxy.cfg.erb file with listener(s) for your sites/servers.

The app_lb recipe is designed to be used with the application cookbook, and provides search mechanism to find the appropriate application servers. Set this in a role that includes the haproxy::app_lb recipe. For example,

name "load_balancer"
description "haproxy load balancer"
  "haproxy" => {
    "app_server_role" => "webserver"

The search uses the node's chef_environment. For example, create environments/production.rb, then upload it to the server with knife

% cat environments/production.rb
name "production"
description "Nodes in the production environment."
% knife environment from file production.rb

License and Author

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