About Chef Workstation

Start your infrastructure automation quickly and easily with Chef Workstation. Chef Workstation gives you everything you need to get started with Chef — ad hoc remote execution, remote scanning, configuration tasks, cookbook creation tools as well as robust dependency and testing software — all in one easy-to-install package.

Chef Workstation replaces ChefDK, combining all the existing features with new features, such as ad-hoc task support and the new Chef Workstation desktop application. Chef will continue to maintain ChefDK, but new development will take place in Chef Workstation without backporting features.

Open Source

We’re keeping the tradition of open source development in Chef. You’ll find the Chef Workstation source code on GitHub. We’re releasing Chef Workstation under the open source Apache 2.0 license.

Contributing to Chef Workstation

We always welcome (and deeply appreciate!) new contributions to the project. The best way to start contributing to Chef Workstation is to provide us with in-depth feedback by creating GitHub issues.

See the Community Contribution Guidelines and our community guidelines for keeping the development of the project awesome for all contributors.

Supported Platforms

Supported Host Operating Systems:

Platform Version
Apple macOS 10.11, 10.12, 10.13
Microsoft Windows 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS 6.x, 7.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 11 SP4, 12 SP1+
Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04
Debian 7.x, 8.x, 9.x

Supported Target Operating Systems:

Platform Version
Microsoft Windows 10, Server 2008 R2, Server 2012, Server 2012 R2, Server 2016
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x, 7.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server 11 SP4, 12 SP1+
Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, 18.04
Debian 7.x, 8.x, 9.x

System Requirements

Chef Workstation

Minimum

  • RAM: 2GB
  • Disk: 4GB
  • Running minimum settings may limit your ability to take advantage of Chef Workstation tools such as Test Kitchen which creates and manages virtualized test environments.
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Disk 8GB

Chef Workstation App

  • Windows: No additional requirements
  • Mac: No additional requirements
  • Linux: