Lightchef Build Status

Configuration management tool like Chef which is simpler and lighter than Chef


  • Lighter than Chef
  • It's just like Chef. No compatibility.
  • No idempotence
  • DSL like Chef
  • Without compilation
    • All code in recipes will be executed when they are evaluated.
    • To write recipes easier
  • Use Ohai
  • No role, environment and cookbook

Examples of Recipes

resource "name" do
  action :action
  property "value"


$ sudo lightchef execute -j example/node.json example/recipe.rb
D, [2013-12-24T14:05:50.859587 #7156] DEBUG -- : Loading node data from /vagrant/example/node.json ...
I, [2013-12-24T14:05:50.862072 #7156]  INFO -- : >>> Executing Lightchef::Resources::Package ({:action=>:install, :name=>"git"})...
D, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335070 #7156] DEBUG -- : Command `apt-get -y install git` succeeded
D, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335251 #7156] DEBUG -- : STDOUT> Reading package lists...
Building dependency tree...
Reading state information...
git is already the newest version.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 156 not upgraded.
D, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335464 #7156] DEBUG -- : STDERR>
I, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335531 #7156]  INFO -- : <<< Succeeded.
I, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335728 #7156]  INFO -- : >>> Executing Lightchef::Resources::File ({:action=>:create, :source=>"foo", :path=>"/home/vagrant/foo"})...
D, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.335842 #7156] DEBUG -- : Copying a file from '/vagrant/example/foo' to '/home/vagrant/foo'...
I, [2013-12-24T14:05:51.339119 #7156]  INFO -- : <<< Succeeded.


  • notifies, subscribes

Future release

  • Run via SSH too (thanks to specinfra)
    • Create system info collector instead of Ohai, Facter (They can't execute via SSH)


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'lightchef'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install lightchef


TODO: Write usage instructions here


  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