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Puppet environment and module deployment

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R10k is supported and maintained by Puppet, but we consider it to be feature complete and currently have no plans for any new development. We will keep it working within the context of Puppet Enterprise, but we cannot make any other maintenance promises at this time.


R10k provides a general purpose toolset for deploying Puppet environments and modules. It implements the Puppetfile format and provides a native implementation of Puppet environments.

You might also consider g10k as a non-ruby based alternative.


R10k supports the Ruby versions >= 2.4.0. It's tested on Ruby 2.4.0 up to Ruby 3.1.0 + Jruby.

R10k requires additional components, depending on how you plan on managing environments and modules.

  • Installing modules from the Puppet Forge requires Puppet 5.0.0+ or later. Puppet 3 or 4 may work, but is generally not recommended.
  • Git is required for creating environments and modules from Git
  • SVN is required for creating environments and modules from SVN



For general use, you should install r10k from Ruby gems:

gem install r10k
r10k help

Puppet Enterprise 3.x

Puppet Enterprise bundles a copy of Ruby, so if you do not want to use the system version of Ruby with r10k, you need to use the bundled PE gem command for installation:

/opt/puppet/bin/gem install r10k
r10k help

Puppet 4

Puppet 4 bundles a copy of Ruby, so if you do not want to use the system version of Ruby with r10k, you need to use the bundled puppet gem command for installation.

/opt/puppetlabs/puppet/bin/gem install r10k
/opt/puppetlabs/puppet/bin/r10k help


If you have more specific needs or plan on modifying r10k you can run it out of a git repository using Bundler for dependencies:

git clone
cd r10k
bundle install
bundle exec r10k help

Arch Linux

Arch Linux provides a system package for r10k. This is built against the system Ruby (which is Ruby 3.0.2 as of 2021-08-03). This package is maintained by Tim Meusel.


R10k has two primary roles: installing Puppet modules using a standalone Puppetfile, and managing Git and SVN based dynamic environments. For more information see the topic specific documentation:

For more general questions, see the FAQ.



R10k has now had all user-facing strings in error messages and log messages externalized. When adding new error or log messages please follow the instructions for writing translatable code.


When localizing the strings found in R10k, follow the prescribed translation workflow. The workflow describes the rake tasks provided to generate the .po files for each locale.


To release a new version of the r10k gem, ensure the changelog is up to date and open a pull request updating the version file. When the PR is merged, a new release of the gem will be triggered.

By default, a patch (Z) release will be triggered. To release a new major (X) or minor (Y) version, include #major or #minor (respectively) in your commit message to trigger the appropriate release.

Getting help


See CODEOWNERS for current project owners.