This plugin will sync the contents of the Foreman Community Templates repository (or a git repo of your choice) to your local Foreman instance


See Install a plugin in the Foreman documentation for how to install Foreman plugins.

The gem name is "foreman_templates".

RPM users can install the "ruby193-rubygem-foreman_templates" or "rubygem-foreman_templates" packages.

Latest code

You can get the develop branch of the plugin by specifying your Gemfile in this way:

gem 'foreman_templates', :git => ""


There is UI no configuration at this time.


The plugin provides a Rake task to import the templates. To use it, simply do

foreman-rake templates:sync

This will create a set of templates named "Community ...." (or update them if they already exist). Audit history is preserved, but no comment is currently added for any changes made.

The importer will attempt to figure out the OS and Release the template refers to. If this is a new template being created, and we can find a matching OS in Foreman, the template will be automatically associated with the OS

Rake options

  • verbose => Print extra information during the run [false]
  • repo => Sync templates from a different Git repo []
  • branch => Branch in Git repo [see note below]
  • prefix => The string all imported templates should begin with [Community]
  • dirname => The directory within the git tree containing the templates [/]
  • filter => Import names matching this regex (case-insensitive; snippets are not filtered)
  • associate => Associate to OS, "always", when "new" or "never" [new]

The branch default will use develop if you're on Foreman-nightly; or the matching 1.X-stable branch for your version of Foreman (if it exists); or finally it will remain on the default branch as a fallback.


Just import all the templates in from the default repo

foreman-rake templates:sync

Import all templates from a custom repo, with a different prefix

foreman-rake templates:sync repo="" prefix="Greg"

Import templates matching the name "Fedora"

foreman-rake templates:sync filter='fedora'

Import templates from a subsection of a git repo:

foreman-rake templates:sync repo="" dirname='/subdir'


  • Allow user to filter to a specific subset of templates
  • Add associations by template family
  • Add a button to the UI with Deface to run the rake task

Copyright (c) 2013 Greg Sutcliffe

This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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