A tool to automatically generate test code for Chef cookbooks and policies.
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A tool that attempts to write unit and integration tests for Chef cookbooks and policies, making it easier to do the right thing and test code.

Let's see it in action!


Running umami

A number of options maybe specified on the command line:

Usage: umami [options]

A taste you won't forget!

    -h, --help                       Prints this help message
    -i, --[no-]integration-tests     Write integration tests (DEFAULT: true)
    -p, --policyfile POLICYFILE_PATH Specify the path to a policy (DEFAULT: Policyfile.rb)
    -r, --recipes RECIPE1,RECIPE2    Specify one or more recipes for which we'll write tests (DEFAULT: All recipes)
    -t, --test-root TEST_ROOT_PATH   Specify the path into which we'll write tests (DEFAULT: spec)
    -u, --[no-]unit-tests            Write unit tests (DEFAULT: true)
    -v, --version                    Show version and exit

If not options are specified, a reasonable set of defaults are defined.

How does it Work?

umami loads up one or more cookbooks in a chef-zero instance, executes the compile phase of a chef-client run, and reads the run context to get a list of the resources that will be managed.

NOTE: umami does not perform convergence.

Unit Tests

With the set of resources enumerated, umami will write out a set of ChefSpec unit tests for the cookbook in which it's running. It determines the tests to write by matching the current directory to resources derived from that cookbook.

Integration Tests

umami writes Inspec-type integration tests for all the resources it has found.

Spec Files

All test files are written to spec/umami/. If my cookbook is named wutang and I have the following recipes:

├── recipes/
│   ├── bonds.rb
│   ├── default.rb
│   ├── financial.rb
│   └── stocks.rb

umami will write tests as follows (assuming the recipes are defined in the run list):

├── spec/
│   └── umami/
│       ├── integration/
│       │   ├── wutang_bonds_spec.rb
│       │   ├── wutang_default_spec.rb
│       │   ├── wutang_financial_spec.rb
│       │   └── wutang_stocks_spec.rb
│       └── unit/
│           └── recipes/
│               ├── bonds_spec.rb
│               ├── default_spec.rb
│               ├── financial_spec.rb
│               └── stocks_spec.rb

How do I get it?

Install chef-umami from your favorite gem source via:

chef exec gem install chef-umami

How do I use it?

From the top level of your cookbook, run umami:

chef exec umami

When it is finished, it will display the paths to the test files it has written:

Generating a set of unit tests...
Running Rubocop over 'spec/umami/unit/recipes' to enforce styling...
Wrote the following unit test files:

Generating a set of integration tests...
Running Rubocop over 'spec/umami/integration' to enforce styling...
Wrote the following integration tests:

Running Unit Tests

Running one or more unit tests should be as easy as calling rspec on a given test file, like so:

chef exec rspec spec/umami/unit/recipes/default_spec.rb

Running Integration Tests

It's preferred to use kitchen verify to execute all integration tests. Teach kitchen to run umami's tests by updating .kitchen.yml. Specify the appropriate verifier (inspec) and, if needed, direct kitchen where the tests are located:

  name: inspec

  - name: default
      policyfile: Policyfile.rb
        - path: spec/umami/integration


OS Detection

ChefSpec may need to mock up ohai data (via Fauxhai). To facilitate this, ChefSpec needs to be told what operating system to pretend to be. umami does its best to detect the OS it's being called on.


umami calls on Rubocop to perform some basic styling on test files after they've been written. This makes it very easy to add testing methods to umami without worrying about what the resulting indentation will be.

Dependencies and Assumptions

umami depends on ChefDK to do the bulk of the work resolving cookbooks and their dependencies. Further, umami assumes you're using Policyfile to manage the run list.


umami is still in early and rapid development. Expect to see lots of activity.

umami always overwrites the contents of spec/umami on each run. This may change in the future. Until then, you may want to move the generated tests into a different subdirectory (i.e. test/).

umami is not aware of any context. For example, if a recipe includes another recipe based on some condition (i.e. operating system), umami won't know about it and therefore won't write a relevant test. umami knows about the resources it finds during the compile phase of a chef-client run only. One can choose to use one, many, all, or none of the tests. It's up to you to decide what, if anything, you want to use.

umami's goal is to help get you started writing and using tests in your development cycle. It tries its best to provide a useful set of tests that you can build on. Do NOT depend solely on umami to provide test coverage!

Inspiration and Thanks

This project came to be largely out of fear of having to write a lot of test code from scratch where none had previously existed. The idea of starting from nothing seemed so daunting that it's likely no one would ever get started. I wanted to give Chef developers a means to expedite writing tests. After all, it's much easier to modify code than it is to write it in the first place.

umami is the product of research into various projects' code, such as Chef, ChefDK, and Test Kitchen. I am grateful to everyone that has contributed to those projects. umami borrows some patterns from those projects and, in some cases, bits of code.