Chef cookbook which installs the Passenger gem via RVM and configures Apache or nginx.
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Installs passenger gem via RVM and configures Apache or Nginx.


Comming soon...



Tested on 0.9.18, 0.10.2 and 0.10.4 but newer and older version should work just fine. File an issue if this isn't the case.


The following platforms have been tested with this cookbook, meaning that the recipes run on these platforms without error:

  • ubuntu (10.04/10.10/11.04)
  • debian (6.0)
  • suse
  • centos (5/6)
  • redhat (5/6)

Please report any additional platforms so they can be added.


This cookbook depends on the following external cookbooks:


Depending on the situation and use case there are several ways to install this cookbook. All the methods listed below assume a tagged version release is the target, but omit the tags to get the head of development. A valid Chef repository structure like the Opscode repo is also assumed.

Using Librarian

Librarian-Chef is a bundler for your Chef cookbooks. Include a reference to the cookbook in a [Cheffile][cheffile] and run librarian-chef install. To install Librarian-Chef:

gem install librarian
cd chef-repo
librarian-chef init

To reference the Git version:

cat >> Cheffile <<END_OF_CHEFFILE
cookbook 'rvm_passenger',
  :git => '', :ref => 'v0.8.2'
librarian-chef install

Using knife-github-cookbooks

The knife-github-cookbooks gem is a plugin for knife that supports installing cookbooks directly from a GitHub repository. To install with the plugin:

gem install knife-github-cookbooks
cd chef-repo
knife cookbook github install fnichol/chef-rvm_passenger/v0.8.2

As a Tarball

If the cookbook needs to downloaded temporarily just to be uploaded to a Chef Server or Opscode Hosted Chef, then a tarball installation might fit the bill:

cd chef-repo/cookbooks
curl -Ls | tar xfz - && \
  mv fnichol-chef-rvm_passenger-* rvm_passenger

As a Git Submodule

A dated practice (which is discouraged) is to add cookbooks as Git submodules. This is accomplishes like so:

cd chef-repo
git submodule add git:// cookbooks/rvm_passenger
git submodule init && git submodule update

Note: the head of development will be linked here, not a tagged release.

From the Opscode Community Platform

This cookbook is not currently available on the site as it relies on a cookbook (rvm) not available on the community site.



Installs dependencies and contains helpers for other recipes.


Installs passenger as an apache2 module. Requires the apache2 recipe.


Installs passenger as an nginx module. Requires the nginx::source recipe.



The version of passenger to deploy. This will be in a format used by the gem command. For example:

node['rvm_passenger']['version'] = "3.0.8"

Default is the most current version which is queried dynamically from RubyGems.


The RVM ruby (and optional gemset) under which to install the passenger gem. For example:

node['rvm_passenger']['rvm_ruby'] = "ruby-1.8.7-p352@passenger"

Default is the default RVM Ruby in a gemset called "passenger", i.e. "#{node['rvm']['default_rvm']}@passenger".


Optionally override the full path to the root of the installed passenger gem.


Optionallly override the full path to the Apache2 module.

Resources and Providers

There are no resources or providers defined.


Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested. Ideally create a topic branch for every separate change you make.

License and Author

Author:: Fletcher Nichol (


Copyright:: 2010, 2011, Fletcher Nichol

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

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