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Knife Joyent

This is a Knife plug-in for Joyent CloudAPI. This plug-in gives knife the ability to create, bootstrap, and manage servers on the Joyent Public Cloud as well as Cloud providers powered by Joyent's SmartDataCenter product offering.

For more information on Joyent CloudAPI, see: CloudAPI Documentation


With chef already installed (> 0.10.0):

gem install knife-joyent


For a list of commands:

knife joyent --help

Currently available commands:

knife joyent flavor list <options>
knife joyent image list <options>
knife joyent key add -f <keyfile> -k <name>
knife joyent key delete <name>
knife joyent key list
knife joyent network list
knife joyent server create (options)
knife joyent server delete <server_id>
knife joyent server list <options>
knife joyent server reboot <server_id>
knife joyent server resize <server_id> -f <flavor>
knife joyent server start <server_id>
knife joyent server stop <server_id>
knife joyent server metadata update <server_id> -m <json>
knife joyent server metadata delete <server_id> <options>
knife joyent snapshot create <server_id> <snapshot_name>
knife joyent snapshot delete <server_id> <snapshot_name>
knife joyent snapshot list <server_id>
knife joyent tag create <server_id> <tag> <value>
knife joyent tag delete <server_id> <tag>
knife joyent tag delete <server_id> -A
knife joyent tag list <server_id>

Example Usage

The following command will provision an Ubuntu 12.04 with 1GB of memory and bootstrap it with chef

knife joyent server create \
    --flavor "Small 1GB" \
    --image d2ba0f30-bbe8-11e2-a9a2-6bc116856d85 \
    --node-name 'chefbuntu-x' \
    --server-name 'chefbuntu-x'

Please see knife joyent server create --help for more options


The following options can be specified in your knife configuration file knife.rb


You can authenticate against CloudAPI using either:

an ssh key (recommended)

knife[:joyent_username] = "Your Joyent CloudAPI username"
knife[:joyent_keyname] = "Name of key stored on Joyent"
knife[:joyent_keyfile] = "/path/to/your/private/key"

# Optional / not-recommended -- defaults to using ssh-agent
knife[:joyent_keyphrase] = "mypassphrase"

or username and password

knife[:joyent_username] = "Your Joyent CloudAPI username"
knife[:joyent_password] = "Your Joyent CloudAPI password"

When authenticating with your ssh key (which we highly recommend), knife-joyent will attempt to use ssh-agent to sign the request using the key configured with knife[:joyent_keyname]. If no ssh-agent is present or if the specified identity isn't found in the agent, you may be prompted for a pass-phrase. If you do not want to use an ssh-agent, you may optionally configure knife[:joyent_passphrase] to automatically unlock the key for authentication.

Optional Configuration


Specify a custom API endpoint, this is required if you want to specify where you want to provision your machines, or if you are using knife with a provider powered by SmartDataCenter.

# Defaults to https://us-west-1.api.joyentcloud.com/
knife[:joyent_api_url] = "https://us-sw-1.api.joyentcloud.com/"


Metadata to apply to each provisioned machine via the Metadata API. This should take the form of a hash with a single level of nesting. See the Metadata API for more info.

knife[:joyent_metadata] = {
  "some_data" => "value"


By default, knife-joyent will use the version of the Joyent Cloud API that fog prefers. This can be overridden in knife.rb as follows:

knife[:joyent_version] = "~7.0"

Some command line options to knife-joyent subcommands may depend on the Joyent API version set.


Set to false to Disable SSL Cert verification, required if the CloudAPI instance uses a self-signed cert.


Machines provisioned will be tagged with key provisioner containing the value specified. This is useful for tracking source of provisions for accounts where machines are provisioned by/from different sources / users.


Bootstrap template for smartos

To bootstrap chef on SmartOS, use the script provided at the [Joyent Wiki] (http://wiki.joyent.com/wiki/display/jpc2/Joyent+ChefServer+SmartMachine#JoyentChefServerSmartMachine-BootstrappingaBareImagedSmartMachinetoyourChefServer) which sets up chef-client with SMF and installs the basic essentials.


Copyright 2012 Joyent, Inc

Author: Kevin Chan kevin@joyent.com

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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