chef-runner - The fastest way to run Chef cookbooks
The goal of chef-runner is to speed up your Chef development and testing workflow by allowing you to change infrastructure code and get immediate feedback.
chef-runner was originally developed as a fast alternative to the painfully slow
vagrant provision. The tool has since evolved and can now be used to rapidly
provision not only local Vagrant machines but also remote hosts like EC2
To further shorten the feedback loop, chef-runner integrates with Vim so you don't have to leave your editor while hacking on recipes.
For more background, check out my blog post "Telling people about chef-runner".
Install chef-runner using one of the available installation methods.
Use chef-runner for local cookbook development with Vagrant:
$ cd my-awesome-cookook/ $ vagrant up $ chef-runner # will run recipes/default.rb inside the Vagrant machine
Compose Chef run list using flexible recipe syntax:
$ chef-runner recipes/foo.rb $ chef-runner ::foo # same as above $ chef-runner dogs::bar $ chef-runner dogs # same as dogs::default $ chef-runner recipes/foo.rb bar dogs::baz # will run recipes in given order $ chef-runner recipe[cats],dogs::bar # standard Chef syntax
Provision a specific Vagrant machine in a multi-machine environment:
$ chef-runner -M db ...
Provision any Vagrant machine by specifying the machine's UUID:
$ chef-runner -M a748337 ...
Use chef-runner for local cookbook development with Test Kitchen:
$ kitchen converge default-ubuntu-1404 $ chef-runner -K default-ubuntu-1404 ...
Use chef-runner as a general purpose Chef provisioner for any system reachable over SSH:
$ cd directory-with-berksfile/ $ chef-runner -H firstname.lastname@example.org apt::default dogs::bar
(chef-runner automatically resolves cookbook dependencies using tools like Berkshelf or Librarian-Chef.)
Use chef-runner to provision the host system without running commands as root:
$ chef-runner -L --sudo=false
If required, install a specific version of Chef before provisioning:
$ chef-runner -i 11.12.8 ...
- See the chef-runner wiki for the official documentation.
- For bug reports and feature requests, please open an issue here.
- New releases are announced on Twitter and the Chef Users mailing list.
Please see LICENSE for licensing details.
Want to help?
See the Development wiki page for details on how to get the source code and build chef-runner locally.
chef-runner is being developed by Mathias Lafeldt.