A utility for packaging and releasing Chef cookbooks
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A utility for releasing and managing Chef Cookbooks. It will:

  • Tag and push a new release to git
  • Upload the cookbook to a private or public Supermarket


Existing tools to package cookbooks (such as Knife Community and knife cookbook site share) require a dependency on Chef. Because of their dependency on Chef, they enforce the use of a "cookbook repo". Especially with the evolution of Berkshelf, cookbooks are individualized artifacts and are often contained in their own repositories. stove is cookbook-centric, rather than Chef-centric.


  1. Add Stove to your project's Gemfile:
gem 'stove'
  1. Run the bundle command to install:
$ bundle install --binstubs


Stove requires your username and private key to upload a cookbook. You can pass these to each command call, or you can set them Stove:

$ stove login --username sethvargo --key ~/.chef/sethvargo.pem

These values will be saved in Stove's configuration file (~/.stove) and persisted across your workstation.

The default publishing endpoint is the Chef Supermarket, but this is configurable. If you want to publish to an internal Supermarket, you can specify the --endpoint value:

$ stove --endpoint https://internal-supermarket.example.com/api/v1

Please note: depending on which version of Chef and which version of Supermarket you are running, you may support the new "extended" metadata fields. By default, Stove writes these new fields when uploading cookbooks, which require Chef 12 or later. If you would like to retain compatibility with Chef 11 you can disable extended metadata with --no-extended-metadata:

$ stove --no-extended-metadata


There are two ways to use Stove. You can either use the stove command directly or use the embedded rake task.


Execute the stove command from inside the root of a cookbook:

$ bin/stove

This will package (as a tarball) the cookbook in the current working directory, tag a new version, push to git, and publish to a cookbook share.

Rake task

If you are familiar with the Bundler approach to publishing Ruby gems, this approach will feel very familiar. Simply add the following to your Rakefile:

require 'stove/rake_task'

And then use rake to publish the cookbook:

$ bin/rake publish

Artifactory Support

In addition to uploading to a standard Supermarket server, Stove can upload to an Artifactory repository configured to be in Chef mode.

You specify the URL to upload to via --artifactory, which you can find the URL Artifactory repository configuration. Your API key can be specified either in the $ARTIFACTORY_API_KEY environment variable or via --artifactory-key:

$ stove --artifactory https://artifactory.example.com/api/chef/nameofrepo
# API key in a file
$ stove --artifactory https://artifactory.example.com/api/chef/nameofrepo --artifactory-key=@path/to/key/file
# API key on the command line
$ stove --artifactory https://artifactory.example.com/api/chef/nameofrepo --artifactory-key=XZg6tefUZYfiglmSbQ1s1e6habk


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  4. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  5. Create new Pull Request

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License & Authors

Copyright 2013-2018 Seth Vargo <sethvargo@gmail.com>
Copyright 2013-2018 Chef Software, Inc

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