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yum-centos Cookbook

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The yum-centos cookbook takes over management of the default repositoryids that ship with CentOS systems. It allows attribute manipulation of base, updates, extras, centosplus, contrib, and fasttrack.



  • CentOS
  • XenServer


  • Chef 12.14+


  • none


The following attributes are set by default. These values differ slightly on XenServer.

default['yum']['base']['repositoryid'] = 'base'
default['yum']['base']['mirrorlist'] = "{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=os"
default['yum']['base']['description'] = "CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Base"
default['yum']['base']['enabled'] = true
default['yum']['base']['managed'] = true
default['yum']['base']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['base']['gpgkey'] = "file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}"
default['yum']['contrib']['repositoryid'] = 'contrib'
default['yum']['contrib']['description'] = "CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Contrib"
default['yum']['contrib']['mirrorlist'] = "{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=contrib"
default['yum']['contrib']['enabled'] = false
default['yum']['contrib']['managed'] = false
default['yum']['contrib']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['contrib']['gpgkey'] = "file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}"
default['yum']['extras']['repositoryid'] = 'extras'
default['yum']['extras']['description'] = 'CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Extras'
default['yum']['extras']['mirrorlist'] = "{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=extras"
default['yum']['extras']['enabled'] = true
default['yum']['extras']['managed'] = true
default['yum']['extras']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['extras']['gpgkey'] = "file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}"
default['yum']['centosplus']['repositoryid'] = 'centosplus'
default['yum']['centosplus']['description'] = 'CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Centosplus'
default['yum']['centosplus']['mirrorlist'] = '{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=centosplus'
default['yum']['centosplus']['enabled'] = false
default['yum']['centosplus']['managed'] = false
default['yum']['centosplus']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['centosplus']['gpgkey'] = 'file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}'
default['yum']['updates']['repositoryid'] = 'updates'
default['yum']['updates']['description'] = 'CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Updates'
default['yum']['updates']['mirrorlist'] = '{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=updates'
default['yum']['updates']['enabled'] = true
default['yum']['updates']['managed'] = true
default['yum']['updates']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['updates']['gpgkey'] = 'file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}'
default['yum']['fasttrack']['repositoryid'] = 'fasttrack'
default['yum']['fasttrack']['description'] = 'CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - fasttrack'
default['yum']['fasttrack']['mirrorlist'] = '{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=fasttrack&infra=$infra'
default['yum']['fasttrack']['enabled'] = false
default['yum']['fasttrack']['managed'] = false
default['yum']['fasttrack']['gpgcheck'] = true
default['yum']['fasttrack']['gpgkey'] = 'file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}'


  • yum-centos::default Generates yum_repository configs for latest CentOS release. By default the base, extras, updates repos are enabled.

NOTE: If you are running an older CentOS release, i.e. 6.7 when 6.8 is the latest 6.x release, you may want to consider the yum-centos::vault recipe.

  yum_repository 'base' do
    mirrorlist '{node['platform_version'].to_i}&arch=$basearch&repo=os'
    description 'CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i} - Base'
    enabled true
    gpgcheck true
    gpgkey 'file:///etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-CentOS-#{node['platform_version'].to_i}'
  • yum-centos::vault Generate yum configuration for non-current versions of CentOS. Instead of using mirrorlist, baseurl is set to

Usage Example

To disable the CentOS Extras repository through a Role or Environment definition

  'yum' => {
    'extras' => {
      'enabled' => {

Uncommonly used repositoryids are not managed by default. This is speeds up integration testing pipelines by avoiding yum-cache builds that nobody cares about. To enable the CentOS Plus repository with a wrapper cookbook, place the following in a recipe:

node.default['yum']['centosplus']['managed'] = true
node.default['yum']['centosplus']['enabled'] = true
include_recipe 'yum-centos'

More Examples

Point the base and updates repositories at an internally hosted server.

node.default['yum']['base']['enabled'] = true
node.default['yum']['base']['mirrorlist'] = nil
node.default['yum']['base']['baseurl'] = ''
node.default['yum']['base']['sslverify'] = false
node.default['yum']['updates']['enabled'] = true
node.default['yum']['updates']['mirrorlist'] = nil
node.default['yum']['updates']['baseurl'] = ''
node.default['yum']['updates']['sslverify'] = false

include_recipe 'yum-centos'

License & Authors

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