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zip_app (3) Versions 0.2.0

LWRP to install Mac OS X applications from zip archives

cookbook 'zip_app', '= 0.2.0'
cookbook 'zip_app', '= 0.2.0', :supermarket
knife supermarket install zip_app
knife supermarket download zip_app
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LWRP to install Mac OS X applications from zip archives



Tested on 0.10.2 but newer and older version should work just fine. File an issue if this isn't the case.


Only for node[:platform] == "mac_os_x" platforms. Tested on Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) and 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard).


There are no external cookbook dependencies.


Simply include the recipe[zip_app] cookbook in your run_list and the zip_app_package resource will be available.

To use recipe[zip_app::data_bag], include it and have a data bag called apps with an item called "mac_os_x" like the following:

  "id"  : "mac_os_x",
  "zip_apps"  : [
    { "name"        : "iTerm",
      "source"      : "",
      "checksum"    : "2afad022b1e1f08b3ed40f0c2bde7bf7cce003852c83f85948c7f57a5578d9c5"
    { "name"        : "Divvy",
      "source"      : ""

Alternatively, you can override the data bag and item by setting the node['zip_app']['data_bag'] attribute to some like:

node['zip_app']['data_bag'] = ['apps', "workstation-mac"]



Processes a list of zip_apps (which is emtpy by default) to be installed.

Use this recipe when you have a list of apps in node['zip_app']['apps'] or when all you need is the zip_app_package LWRP.


Fetches an list of zip_apps from a data bag item and appends it to the node['zip_app']['apps'] attribute for processing. This recipe then includes the default recipe, so there is no need to explicitly include recipe[zip_app].

Use this recipe when you want data bag driven data in your workflow.



An array of zip_app hashes. The keys in the hashes correspond to the attributes passed to the zip_app_package LWRP. For example:

node['zip_app']['apps'] = [
  { 'name'      => 'iTerm',
    'source'    => '',
    'checksum'  => '2afad022b1e1f08b3ed40f0c2bde7bf7cce003852c83f85948c7f57a5578d9c5'
  { 'name'      => 'GitHub',
    'source'    => '',
    'checksum'  => '1e95b3c16915efe171e53c2de31ae5b0b45cca6689a6923baa96cf754a06ed73'

The default is an empty Array: [].


The data bag and item containing a list of apps to be installed.. This is used by the data_bag recipe. The default is ['apps', node['platform']].

Resources and Providers



Action Description Default
install Download and extract the *.app application into the destination directory. Yes


Attribute Description Default value
app Name attribute: The name of the installed application. For example, if the application to be installed was "/Application/" then the value would be "GitHub". nil
source The source URL of the zip archive. nil
checksum (optional) The SHA-256 checksum of the file. If the local file matches the checksum, Chef will not download it. nil
destination The base path to where the application will be installed. "/Applications"
zip_file (optional) The zip file name if it differs from the the last path fragment in the source URL. nil
installed (internal) false


Install Basic App

zip_app_package "Divvy" do
  source  ""

Note: the install action is default.

Install App To Custom Destination

zip_app_package "GitHub" do
  source      ""
  checksum    "1e95b3c16915efe171e53c2de31ae5b0b45cca6689a6923baa96cf754a06ed73"
  destination "#{ENV['HOME']}/Applications"

Note: will be installed to ~/Applications/, and assumes that the directory exists.


This cookbook and LWRP patterns are heavily lifted with love from the dmg, iterm2, 1password, and ghmac cookbooks. Oh, and Joshua Timberman's workstation blog post.


Pull requests are very welcome! Make sure your patches are well tested. Ideally create a topic branch for every seperate change you make.

License and Author

Author:: Fletcher Nichol (

Copyright 2011, Fletcher Nichol

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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