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Installs git_client from package or source. Optionally sets up a git service under xinetd.


This cookbook is concerned with the Git SCM utility. It does not address ecosystem tooling or related projects.


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The following platforms have been tested with Test Kitchen:

| amazonlinux-2 | X     |
| centos-7      | X     |
| centos-8      | X     |
| fedora        | X     |
| debian-9      | X     |
| debian-10     | X     |
| ubuntu-16.04  | X     |
| ubuntu-18.04  | X     |
| ubuntu-20.04  | X     |
| openSUSE Leap | X     |


  • Chef 15.3+


  • ark (for git_client source install)


Include git::default, git::windows, or git::source in your cookbook OR use the git_client resource directly.

Resources Overview

  • git_client: Manages a Git client installation on a machine. Source install action is available on Linux.
  • git_service: Sets up a Git service via xinetd. WARNING: This is insecure and will probably be removed in the future
  • git_config: Sets up Git configuration on a node.


The git_client resource manages the installation of a Git client on a machine.

Note: on macOS systems homebrew must first be installed on the system before running this resource. Prior to version 9.0 of this cookbook homebrew was automatically installed.


git_client 'default'

Example of source install

git_client 'source' do
  source_version '2.14.2'
  source_checksum 'a03a12331d4f9b0f71733db9f47e1232d4ddce00e7f2a6e20f6ec9a19ce5ff61'
  action :install_from_source


The git_config resource manages the configuration of Git client on a machine.


git_config 'url.' do
  value 'git://'
  scope 'system'
  options '--add'


Currently, there are distinct sets of resource properties, used by the providers for source, package, macos, and windows.

used by Linux provider

  • package_name - Package name to install on Linux machines. Defaults to a calculated value based on platform.
  • package_version - Defaults to nil.
  • package_action - Defaults to :install

used by Linux source install

  • source_prefix - Defaults to '/usr/local'
  • source_url - Defaults to a calculated URL based on source_version
  • source_version - Defaults to 2.8.1
  • source_use_pcre - configure option for build. Defaults to false
  • source_checksum - Defaults to a known value for the 2.8.1 source tarball

used by the Windows provider

  • windows_display_name - Windows display name
  • windows_package_url - Defaults to the Internet
  • windows_package_checksum - Defaults to the value for 2.8.1


This cookbook ships with ready to use, attribute driven recipes that utilize the git_client and git_service resources. As of cookbook 4.x, they utilize the same attributes layout scheme from the 3.x. Due to some overlap, it is currently impossible to simultaneously install the Git client as a package and from source by using the "manipulate the node attributes and run a recipe" technique. If you need both, you'll need to utilize the git_client resource in a recipe.



  • node['git']['version'] - git version to install
  • node['git']['url'] - URL to git package
  • node['git']['checksum'] - package SHA256 checksum
  • node['git']['display_name'] - windows_package resource Display Name (makes the package install idempotent)


  • node['git']['prefix'] - git install directory
  • node['git']['version'] - git version to install
  • node['git']['url'] - URL to git tarball
  • node['git']['checksum'] - tarball SHA256 checksum
  • node['git']['use_pcre'] - if true, builds git with PCRE enabled


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