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Puppet modules often take on the same file system structure. The built-in puppet-module tool makes starting modules easy, but the build in skeleton module is very simple. This skeleton is very opinionated. It's going to assume you're going to start out with tests (both unit and system), that you care about the puppet style guide, test using Travis, keep track of releases and structure your modules according to strong conventions.

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As a feature, puppet module tool will use ~/.puppet/var/puppet-module/skeleton (or ~/.puppetlabs/opt/puppet/cache/puppet-module/ for Puppet 4) as template for its generate command. The files provided here are meant to be better templates for use with the puppet module tool.

Manual install

As we don't want to have our .git files and this README in our skeleton, we export it like this :

for puppet 3.x:

git clone
cd puppet-module-skeleton
find skeleton -type f | git checkout-index --stdin --force --prefix="$HOME/.puppet/var/puppet-module/" --

for puppet 4.x

git clone
cd puppet-module-skeleton
find skeleton -type f | git checkout-index --stdin --force --prefix="$HOME/.puppetlabs/opt/puppet/cache/puppet-module/" --


I provided a script installing the skeleton in the right place depending on the detected puppet version


Then just generate your new module structure like so:

puppet module generate user-module

Once you have your module then install the development dependencies:

cd user-module
bundle install

Now you should have a bunch of rake commands to help with your module development:

bundle exec rake -T
rake acceptance        # Run acceptance tests
rake build             # Build puppet module package
rake clean             # Clean a built module package
rake contributors      # Populate CONTRIBUTORS file
rake coverage          # Generate code coverage information
rake help              # Display the list of available rake tasks
rake lint              # Check puppet manifests with puppet-lint / Run puppet-lint
rake spec              # Run spec tests in a clean fixtures directory
rake spec_clean        # Clean up the fixtures directory
rake spec_prep         # Create the fixtures directory
rake spec_standalone   # Run spec tests on an existing fixtures directory
rake syntax            # Syntax check Puppet manifests and templates
rake syntax:manifests  # Syntax check Puppet manifests
rake syntax:templates  # Syntax check Puppet templates

Of particular interst should be:

  • rake spec - run unit tests
  • rake lint - checks against the puppet style guide
  • rake syntax - to check your have valid puppet and erb syntax
  • rake metadata_lint - to check your have a valid metadata.json file


The trick used in the installation above, and a few other bits came from another excellent module skeleton from spiette.


A pretty opinionated skeleton for writing your own puppet modules




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