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The kismet cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the kismet cookbook is no longer recommended.


kismet (16) Versions 0.4.1

Installs and configures the kismet wardriving app

cookbook 'kismet', '= 0.4.1', :supermarket
cookbook 'kismet', '= 0.4.1'
knife supermarket install kismet
knife supermarket download kismet
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kismet Cookbook

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This cookbook configures the kismet wardriving application on Ubuntu. Perfect for setting up a wardriving rig using Chef Solo.



  • Ubuntu
  • Debian 8+


  • Chef 12.9+


  • none


The attributes in this cookbook are used to drive the configuration dynamically. The following are used for the gpsd service.
- enable_gpsd - Install and use gpsd. Defaults to true
- start_daemon - Start the daemon. Defaults to true
- gpsd_options - Options to pass to the daemon. Defaults to an empty string
- devices - Path to device. This is only needed for serial devices. Defaults to an
- empty string
- usbauto - Auto discover USB devices. Defaults to true

The remaining attributes in the attributes/default.rb are directly from the kismet.conf file and are namespaced under node['kismet']['config']. Each attribute key corresponds to a configuratino option in the kismet.conf file.

Values can be an Integer, String or an Array. Integer and String values will be rendered like this:


Array values will get an entry for each element in the array. For example, a value of ['value', 'sale', 'option'] will be rendered like this:


The Ruby literals "false" and "true" are not used for values of Kismet configuration options. They are string values instead.

In practical terms, these attributes:

default['kismet']['config']['version'] = "2009-newcore"
default['kismet']['config']['hidedata']     = "true"
default['kismet']['config']['enablespeech'] = "false"
default['kismet']['config']['alertbacklog']     = 50
default['kismet']['config']['ouifile'] = [

Will be rendered in /etc/kismet/kismet.conf:



Modify attributes for the configuration as required in a role. Add recipe[kismet] to your node's run list.


  1. Fork the repository on Github
  2. Write you change
  3. Submit a Pull Request using Github


Test that the default recipe converges automatically with test-kitchen.

bundle install
bundle exec kitchen test

License and Authors

Copyright:: 2013-2014, Tim Smith License:: Apache License, Version 2.0

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License"); you may not use this file except in compliance with the License. You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS, WITHOUT WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF ANY KIND, either express or implied. See the License for the specific language governing permissions and limitations under the License.

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CHANGELOG for kismet

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the kismet cookbook.


  • Fix a bad config template


  • Require Chef 12.9 or later and remove the need for the apt cookbook dependency
  • Updated the repo setup code to use the precise repo since that's the last published distro in the repo
  • Add source_url, issue_url, and chef_version metadata
  • Updated the license string in the metdata to be a SPDX compliant string
  • Add a missing line ending in the config template that prevented things from loading
  • Removed support for Debian 7 where packages are no longer available
  • Add a Delivery local config for testing
  • Update the specs for modern ChefSpec and fix them to actually run the converge test
  • Add integration testing in Travis with kitchen dokken
  • Add a local test kitchen config
  • Switch from rubocop to cookstyle for linting
  • Rename CONTRIBUTING to so Supermarket will see it
  • Removed all test deps from the Gemfile since users should test with ChefDK


  • Use standard chef .gitignore file
  • Add .rubocop.yml file
  • Add .travis.yml for testing
  • Add Berksfile
  • Add Contributing doc
  • Add gemfile for development / testing dependencies
  • Add badges to the readme
  • Better document Chef / Platform deps in the readme
  • Added default['kismet']['config']['logdefault']
  • Add debian as a supported platform
  • Add source_url and issues_url in the metadata file
  • Add basic converge chefspec
  • Add chefignore file to limit what files are uploaded to the server


  • Dynamic (and much improved) configuration generation. Allow values in the kismet.conf file are now tuneable
  • Use the repository signature file for the apt repository


  • Initial release of kismet

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