The present human ecosystem is heavily dominated with the aspect of technology. The innovation of the Internet has made our lives easier and has taken our living standard to a whole new level.

Technology changes every day, software used just a few years back has evolved, and it is quite challenging to keep track of all these changes. Now, imagine a big company which houses hundreds of computer and software. It looks like it is impossible for them to keep track of changes; this is where configuration management software comes into play.




Configuration management is a part of a software system used mostly in the IT department to manage the changes introduced in the software. Though there are several configuration management software available in the market Chef and Puppet are most trusted and reliable.

Chef and Puppet are the configuration management tools used for designing, deploying, configuring, and managing servers. Both the software have the same objective and at first glance they seem similar, but they aren’t. In this article, we will discuss various differences between Chef and Puppet.

  • Platform – Puppet is an open source configuration management software developed by Puppet group that was introduced in the market in 2005. The puppet was written in Ruby and uses its own language for creating files. The chef is open source configuration management software developed by Chef Group in 2009. It was written in Ruby and Erlang and uses a pure-Ruby language for writing system configuration.


  • Configuration – The primary objective of both the software is configuration management, but the approach used by them is different. In both software node of the client is synced with the instructions coded. The chef is dependent on codes which are in pure ruby script form. On the other hand, the approach used by Puppet is model-based which means that client prepares a model according to the organization’s need which then fed to nodes by servers.


  • Pricing – Puppet basically comes in three editions. The first edition is open source and free up to 10 nodes. If an organization wants more than 10 nodes, then they can buy at $120 per node. Chef also comes in three editions, and its first edition is also free. The only difference is that it does not limit the number of nodes, but with an increasing number of nodes, it decreases the various features present. Other editions are paid edition which starts at $72 per node.


  • Integrations – Both the software integrates with most of the cloud provider and operating system, but Chef provides 3000 cookbooks and number of tools and plug-in which will help in the automation process.


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