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The Puppet Dashboard is a web interface providing node classification and reporting features for Puppet, an open source system configuration management tool

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Puppet Dashboard


The Puppet Dashboard is a Puppet web interface that provides node management and reporting tools. Nodes can be exported in YAML format, allowing the dashboard to be used as an external node classification tool.


  • ruby >= 1.8.1
  • rake >= 0.8.4
  • mysql


  1. Obtain the source: git clone git://

  2. Configure the database: rake install

  3. Start the server: script/server

This will start a local Puppet Dashboard server on port 3000. As a Rails application, Puppet Dashboard can be deployed in any server configuration that Rails supports. Instructions for deployment via Phusion Passenger coming soon.

Note: Puppet Dashboard is configured to use a MySQL database by default. Consult the Rails Guides section on Configuring A Database for information on how to set up a different database.


To enable report aggregation in Puppet Dashboard, the file lib/puppet/puppet_dashboard.rb must be available in Puppet's lib path. The easiest way to do this is to add RAILS_ROOT/lib/puppet to $libdir in your puppet.conf, where RAILS_ROOT is the directory containing this README. Then ensure that your puppetmasterd runs with the option --reports puppet_dashboard.

The puppet_dashboard report assumes that your Dashboard server is available at localhost on port 3000 (as it would be if you started it via script/server). For now, you will need to modify the constants in puppet_dashboard.rb if this is not the case.

External Node Tool

Puppet Dashboard functions as an external node tool. All nodes make a puppet-compatible YAML specification available for export.


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