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whitelist-node-attrs (3) Versions 1.1.1

Allows you to specify a whitelist of node attributes to save on the Chef Server

cookbook 'whitelist-node-attrs', '~> 1.1.1'
cookbook 'whitelist-node-attrs', '~> 1.1.1'
knife cookbook site install whitelist-node-attrs
knife cookbook site download whitelist-node-attrs

whitelist-node-attrs Cookbook

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This cookbook provides a library that allows you to set a whitelist of node attributes that should be saved on the server. All of the attributes are still available throughout the chef run, but only those specifically listed will be saved to the server.

Note: this functionality now exists in Chef core

Whitelist attributes are supported in modern versions of Chef and are the recommended practice for managing node attributes.


Chef 0.9.0+

Requires chef-client and a Chef Server - this cookbook doesn't make sense, nor work, with chef-solo.

Works on any platform.


node[:whitelist] provides a map of node attributes to store. The defaults are provided by this cookbook, and the map is:

node.default[:whitelist] = {
  "domain" => true,
  "fqdn" => true,
  "hostname" => true,
  "ipaddress" => true,
  "macaddress" => true,
  "platform" => true,
  "platform_version" => true,
  "kernel" => {
    "machine" => true,
    "name" => true,
    "os" => true,
    "release" => true,
    "version" => true

This cookbook honors the fact that attributes are set at different precedence levels.


Upload the cookbook, and make sure that it is included as a dependency in another cookbooks metadata, or that the recipe (which does nothing) is included in the role.

Whenever is called, such as at the end of the run, the whitelist will be applied.

License and Author

Author:: Adam Jacob (

Copyright:: 2011-2015, Chef Software, Inc (

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.

Dependent cookbooks

This cookbook has no specified dependencies.

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

whitelist-node-attrs Cookbook CHANGELOG

This file is used to list changes made in each version of the whitelist-node-attrs cookbook.

v1.1.1 (2015-09-29):

  • Update readme with warning that this cookbook functionality is now in core chef
  • Add .foodcritic file to exclude rules
  • Add gitignore and chefignore files
  • Add basic chefspec
  • Add gemfile with dev depedencies
  • Add basic .kitchen.yml file
  • Add Rubocop file
  • Add Travis CI config
  • Update contributing and testing docs
  • Add Rakefile for simplified testing
  • Add maintainers files and a rake task for generating MD
  • Add travis and cookbook version badges to the readme
  • Add new Supermarket metadata
  • Update Opscode -> Chef Software


  • [COOK-1886] - add ohai_time as a default whitelisted attribute


  • Initial release
FC001: Use strings in preference to symbols to access node attributes: /tmp/cook/1078586accc20a1de03a89c1/whitelist-node-attrs/attributes/default.rb:20