Created: 2012-03-25 20:42
Updated: 2018-08-20 12:25
License: apache-2.0

This gem provides a knife plugin to display the specified Chef::Config options, or optionally display all Chef::Config options. It can use the configuration loaded automatically by knife, or a specified config file.


Basic usage, specify a single configuration option from Chef::Config. The plugin will load the default knife configuration file it automatically detects.

% cd ~/chef-repo
% knife config chef_server_url

Specify multiple configuration options from Chef::Config.

% cd ~/chef-repo
% knife config chef_server_url node_name validation_client_name
node_name:        jtimberman
validation_client_name:  housepub-validator

Show all the Chef::Config options available with the --all option. This will display default values for anything not otherwise specified in the configuration.

% cd ~/chef-repo
% knife config --all
amqp_consumer_id:               default
amqp_pass:                      testing
amqp_port:                      5672
amqp_user:                      chef
amqp_vhost:                     /chef
  path:  /Users/jtimberman/.chef/checksums
cache_type:                     BasicFile
checksum_path:                  /var/chef/checksums
client_key:                     /Users/jtimberman/.chef/jtimberman.pem
client_registration_retries:    5
client_url:                     http://localhost:4042
[output truncated]

Show configuration values from an alternative configuration file using the -c option.

% knife config node_name -c /etc/chef/client.rb


  • Display differences between the default Chef::Config and the specified configuration file.

License and Author

Author:: Joshua Timberman

Copyright:: 2012, Joshua Timberman

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

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