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cloud_foundry (2) Versions 0.0.1

Installs/Configures cloud_foundry

cookbook 'cloud_foundry', '= 0.0.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'cloud_foundry', '= 0.0.1'
knife supermarket install cloud_foundry
knife supermarket download cloud_foundry
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A Chef cookbook to manage applications and services on
Cloud Foundry.
It is designed to be compatible with any installation of CloudFoundry, whether
hosted, self-hosted or based on
Micro Cloud Foundry.

This cookbook provides:

  • a cloud_foundry_app LWRP you can use to create, update and delete application instances; bind apps to services; and start, stop and restart instances;
  • a cloud_foundry_service LWRP that lets you create services (and more in the future);
  • a cloud_foundry_deploy definition that enables you to continuously deploy an application from a git repository, in a similar way to the standard deploy_revision resource.


The cloud_foundry cookbook requires the vmc gem; the cloud_foundry::default
recipe will install it automatically.

Cloud Foundry is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) solution; as such, chances are
you can't or won't run chef-client on your CF instance. This cookbook assumes
you will use a separated, trusted host as a controller for your CF cloud.

Security best practice

The cloud_foundry cookbook will needs valid credentials to your CF cloud, and
the underlying VMC gem will save access tokens locally. You should take
appropriate measures to ensure this host is not compromised. It is highly
recommended that you use a dedicate CF account for this purpose and that you
use a dedicated server (a basic virtual machine will suffice) that is running
no other services accessible from outside your trusted network.



This document assumes you are already somewhat familiar with CF and its core
concepts; if you are not, you should start by reading up on CF at
Cloud Foundry.


The cloud_foundry_app resource requires the following attributes:

  • target the URL to the CF instance;
  • admin the login to use when connecting to CF;
  • admin_password the password to use when connecting to CF.

For example, this is how you log in to CF:

cloud_foundry_app "test" do
  target ""
  admin ""
  admin_password "chefpassword"
  action :login

To help debug any issue with CF (or with the cookbook), you can optionally
set the target attribute to true.

The cloud_foundry_app resource understand the following actions:

  • login lets you log in to CF. Credentials are cached for subsequent actions, until another login is performed;
  • create creates a new application, unless it already exists, in which case it silently does nothing. The create action takes a few attributes:
    • framework one of the frameworks supported by your CF instance. Run vmc frameworks for a list of the possible values;
    • runtime one of the runtimes supported by your CF instance; you can find all of them by running vmc runtimes;
    • uris an array of URLs this app should reply to;
    • instances the number of instances to start; optional, it defaults to 1;
    • mem_quota the amount of RAM to reserve for this app; optional, it defaults to 256MB.
  • bind binds one or more services to an app. The services are specified with a services attribute that takes an array of service aliases (you can get a list by running services). Note that any service bound to the app but not present in the array will be unbound;
  • update updates attributes for an existing app, or creates it if it doesn't exist yet; it also binds services to the app. It takes the same attribute as create and bind;
  • upload uploads new and updated code for an existing application, created with the create action. You must set the path attribute to the absolute path to a directory containing your application;
  • start, stop and restart do what you would expect;

As usual with Chef, you can combine actions together to perform more complex
operations at the same time. For instance, you can replicate what vmc push
does with this resource:

cloud_foundry_app "hello_world" do
  target ""
  admin ""
  admin_password "chefpassword"

  framework "sinatra"
  runtime "ruby19"
  uris [ "", "" ]
  instances 42

  path "/tmp/helloworld"

  action :create:, :upload


The cloud_foundry_service resource requires the following attributes:

  • target the URL to the CF instance;
  • admin the login to use when connecting to CF;
  • admin_password the password to use when connecting to CF.

The cloud_foundry_service resource implements the following actions:

  • create provisions a service; you specify the type of service with the service attribute. See vmc services for a list of permissible service names.


The cloud_foundry_deploy definition builds upon the cloud_foundry LWRPs
to provide a drop-in replacement for deploy_revision to deploy an app to CF.

It takes the same attributes as the :update and :upload actions of the
cloud_foundry_app resource, and a few extra attributes:

  • repository the URL to the git repository containing the app;
  • revision the git "ref" to deploy (it can the name of a branch, a tag or the SHA-1 of a commit);
  • enable_submodules if true, git submodules will be updated after git clone or git update is done;
  • deploy_key a private key to use when doing git over SSH.

See examples/deploy.rb for a real-world example of using cloud\_foundry\_deploy
together with a data bag to perform continuous deployment of a set of apps.

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