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Foodtaster is a library for testing your Chef code with RSpec. Specs are actually executed on VirtualBox machine(s) managed by Vagrant.

Foodtaster uses VM snapshots to bring something like DB transactions into your cookbook specs. Before each Chef Run VM is rolled-back into initial 'clean' state which removes any modifications made by previously executed specs. It allows you to independently test different cookbooks on a single VM.

You aren't limited by just one VM for your specs, you may run as many as you need. PostgreSQL replication, load balancing and even entire application environments becomes testable (of course, if you have enought amount of RAM for all your VMs).

Check out foodtaster-example repository to see Foodtaster in action.

Foodtaster is on early development stage, so feedback is very appreciated.


To get more information about FT, read Wiki or refer to RDoc.

If you have any questions or got in trouble, feel free to ask community in Foodtaster Google Group.

Quick Example

require 'spec_helper'

describe "nginx::default" do
  run_chef_on :vm0 do |c|
    c.json = {}
    c.add_recipe 'nginx'

  it "should install nginx as a daemon" do
    vm0.should have_package 'nginx'
    vm0.should have_user('www-data').in_group('www-data')
    vm0.should have_running_process('nginx')
    vm0.should listen_port(80)

    vm0.should have_file("/etc/nginx/nginx.conf")
      .with_content(/gzip on/)

  it "should have valid nginx config" do
    result = vm0.execute("nginx -t")

    result.should be_successful
    result.stdout.should include("/etc/nginx/nginx.conf syntax is ok")


First, install VirtualBox and Vagrant. Then install vagrant-foodtaster-server plugin:

vagrant plugin install vagrant-foodtaster-server


In your Chef or Cookbook repository, create a basic Gemfile:

source ''

gem 'foodtaster'

Create a Vagrantfile describing VMs you need for specs. Read Wiki for detailed explanation and examples.

Create spec folder with basic spec_helper.rb file:

require 'foodtaster'

You are now ready to write cookbook specs. Run them as usual with command:

bundle exec rspec spec


  • foodtaster-example-single-cookbook repo
  • tests/specs
  • documentation
  • comments in code
  • inline sahara plugin into vagrant-foodtaster-server
  • Capistrno support or just an example
  • Puppet support
  • LXC support


If you found a bug or you wish to implement something from Roadmap, use this workflow:

  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


Foodtaster is distributed under MIT License.

Foodtaster Logo is designed by Oleg Sugatov.