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ghost-blog (9) Versions 1.1.0

Installs & configures Ghost: open source blogging platform

cookbook 'ghost-blog', '~> 1.1.0', :supermarket
cookbook 'ghost-blog', '~> 1.1.0'
knife supermarket install ghost-blog
knife supermarket download ghost-blog
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ghostblog Cookbook

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A Chef cookbook for building and managing a Ghost blog.


nodejs and Chef:

  • nodejs
  • Chef 11+


  • Ubuntu 12.04, 14.04


This cookbook depends on the following community cookbooks:

As of version 1.0 this cookbook is only tested on Ubuntu 12.04 & 14.04. As development is continued on CentOS,Debian and future Ubuntu versions will be supported. This cookbook is heavily configured via the attributes


This cookbook's attributes are broken up into different categories.

General settings

  • node['ghost-blog']['install_dir'] - Installation directory for Ghost. Default is /var/www/html/ghost
  • node['ghost-blog']['version'] - Ghost blog version. Default is latest. Will also take old versions 0.5.9, 0.5.8, etc

Nginx settings

  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['dir'] - Nginx directory. Default is /etc/nginx
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['script_dir'] - bin directory for scripts. Default is /usr/bin
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['server_name'] - Nginx server name. Default is
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['ssl'] - false to disable SSL, true to enable (and redirect to, and :both to enable both http and https side-by-side without redirect. Default is true.
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['ssl_certificate'] - The certificate file to use. Self-signed certificate will be generated if it does not exist. Default is /etc/nginx/ssl/
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['ssl_certificate_key'] - The key used to sign the certificate. Will be generated if it does not exist. Default is /etc/nginx/ssl/
  • node['ghost-blog']['nginx']['self_signed_ssl_certificate_subj']- If a self-signed certificate is generated (which happens if you do not supply a certificate by placing the certificate in the specified location), this is the information that will be used to fill it out. Default is /C=US/ST=Washington/L=Seattle/O=John Doe/OU=John Doe Industries/CN=*`

Ghost app settings

  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['server_url'] - The full server URL to the Ghost app, including the port, and any custom path (e.g. /blog). Default is http://localhost:2368
  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['mail_transport_method'] - Ghost app mailing method. Default is SMTP.
  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['mail_service'] - Name of Mail service to use with nodemailer. Default is nil. Supports Gmail,SES, & mailgun.
  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['mail_user'] - Username for select mail service. Default is nil
  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['mail_passwd'] - Password for selected mail user. Default is nil
  • node['ghost-blog']['app']['db_type'] - Type of database to use with Ghost. Default is sqlite3. Supports sqlite3, and mysql.

Ghost AWS SES settings

  • node['ghost-blog']['ses']['aws_secret_key'] - AWS Secret key. Default is nil
  • node['ghost-blog']['ses']['aws_access_key'] - AWS Access key. Default is nil

Ghost MySQL settings

Note about MySQL option

Creating a local MySQL server/database is outside the scope of this cookbook. I am assuming if you are using the mysql option for node['ghost-blog']['app']['db_type'] that
you already have a MySQL elsewhere such as AWS RDS or on another server. You could always wrap this cookbook and create your own MySQL instance.

  • node['ghost-blog']['mysql']['host'] - MySQL host. Default is
  • node['ghost-blog']['mysql']['user'] - MySQL user. Default is ghost_blog
  • node['ghost-blog']['mysql']['passwd'] - MySQL password. Default is ChangePasswordQuick!
  • node['ghost-blog']['mysql']['database'] - MySQL database name. Default is ghost_db
  • node['ghost-blog']['mysql']['charset'] - MySQL charset. Default is utf8



The main recipe. This will call all the additional recipes to configure and setup Ghost.


Using this cookbook is relatively straightforward. Add the default
recipe to the run list of a node, or create a role.


Dependent cookbooks

nodejs ~> 2.4.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

ghostblog CHANGELOG


  • Changed server_url so that it supports the full URL scheme. This is a breaking change.


  • Update repo url for node6.x versions.


  • Add SSL support (on by default).


  • Errors in config.js fixed.


  • Made a change on ghost recipe to change distribution from a hardcode to node attribute


  • Made some suggestions based on foodcritic.


  • There was already a ghost cookbook on the Supermarket, so I had to change the name of mine to ghost-blog. Because of this the cookbook broke. Renamed all mention of "ghost" to "ghost-blog". This should fix the cookbook now.


  • No changes to the cookbook code. All the changes were related to uploading to SuperMarket


  • Initial relase

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