Caterer is a tool for provisioning production environments.

Getting Started

Install caterer:

gem install caterer

Define images in a Caterfile:

Caterer.configure do |config|

  config.image :rails do |image|
    image.provision :chef_solo do |chef|
      chef.add_recipe 'ruby'
      chef.add_recipe 'mysql::server'
      chef.add_recipe 'mysql::client'
      chef.json = {
        "ruby" => {
          "gems" => ['mysql2']

Provision a server with the "rails" image:

cater provision HOST -i rails


The Caterer Wiki has lots of additional information about Caterer including many usage references, configuration examples, how-to articles, and answers to the most frequently asked questions.

You can view all of the available wiki pages here.

Getting started

Here is the basic information to get started: Soup to Nuts

For answers to the most frequently asked questions: FAQ

Some definitions to help you through the rest of the guides: Definitions

A few cli usage examples: cli examples



How To...

Use berkshelf for cookbook dependencies: Howto: Berkshelf

Display verbose output: Howto: Verbose Logging

Structure a large project: Howto: Large Projects

Limit chef runlist for iterative provisioning: Howto: Runlist Override


  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