Chef's Cookbook for installing Redmine
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Installs the ticketing box with Redmine from the source.

The cookbook will install Redmine with MySql as a database adaptor and Apache2 as a web server.

Notes for the current cookbook's version

The current version only support MySql and it will be installed at the same node, but the recipe will take care of it. MySql and Apache2 will be installed by the recipe. You don't need to install it previously.



Tested on:

  • Ubuntu (12.04, 12.10)
  • CentOS (6.3, 6.4)


  • apt
  • yum
  • runit
  • git
  • apache2
  • passenger_apache2
  • mysql
  • postgresql
  • build-essential
  • openssl

If you are running different chef versions in your box, see to configure proper apt version in Berksfile

Test the cookbook with Vagrant

You need to have installed Vagrant version 1.1.X and the Berskshelf plugin:

$ vagrant plugin install vagrant-berkshelf

Then just: vagrant up

Remember that you can change some cookbook's behavior through the attributes in the Vagrantfile. Chef the example at chef.json.


This cookbook uses many attributes, broken up into a few different kinds.


This cookbook installs Redmine with a defaults confirations to have it working out the box. But if you like to customize them, just chage it at the attributes.

The easy way is to create your own role and specify your preferences. Here is an example:

# roles/redmine.rb
name "redmine"
description "Redmine box to manage all the tickets"
  "redmine" => {
    "databases" => {
      "production" => {
        "password" => "redmine_password"
  "mysql" => {
    "server_root_password" => "supersecret_password"

Chef-solo tips

If you are using chef-solo provider you must specify mysql password attributes:

:mysql => {
     :server_root_password => "supersecret_password",
     :server_debian_password => "supersecret_password",
     :server_repl_password => "supersecret_password"

See cookbook note:

License and Author

Author:: Juanje Ojeda ( Author:: Roberto Majadas (<roberto.majadas at>)

Copyright:: 2012-2013, Juanje Ojeda ( Copyright:: 2013, Roberto Majadas (<roberto.majadas at>)

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

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.