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The chef-server-webapp cookbook has been deprecated

Author provided reason for deprecation:

The chef-server-webapp cookbook has been deprecated and is no longer being maintained by its authors. Use of the chef-server-webapp cookbook is no longer recommended.

You may find that the chef-server cookbook is a suitable alternative.


chef-server-webapp (4) Versions 0.1.2

Configures Omnibus Chef server as an Apache webapp

cookbook 'chef-server-webapp', '= 0.1.2', :supermarket
cookbook 'chef-server-webapp', '= 0.1.2'
knife supermarket install chef-server-webapp
knife supermarket download chef-server-webapp
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chef-server-webapp cookbook

This cookbook configures Omnibus Chef server as an Apache webapp. This
makes it possible to host other HTTP services on the same node that
runs Chef server, and makes it easier to unify http configuration
across multiple services.

This cookbook's home is at


  • apache2 cookbook
  • chef-server cookbook version 2.0.0+


Configure node['chef-server']['webapp']['ssl_key_path'] and
node['chef-server']['webapp']['ssl_certificate_path'] to run over
https. You need to get the key & certificate files to the server
earlier in the run list; you may use
for this.

Make sure node['chef-server']['api_fqdn'] contains proper FQDN.

Add recipe[chef-server-webapp] to your run list.


  • chef-server.webapp.backend_https_port -- port to configure omnibus chef server's nginx to listen on; default is 17443
  • chef-server.webapp.ssl_key_path and chef-server.webapp.ssl_certificate_path -- HTTPS keys.


  • default -- configures Omnibus chef server as a webapp.


This cookbook works by reconfiguring chef-server's nginx to listen on
a high port number, and by proxying there over https from Apache. This
is not the most efficient way of making it work: we forward https to
https backend (otherwise bookshelf URLs generated by Chef API are
wrong), so there's double encryption, and nginx shouldn't be required
at all - Apache can be configured as the load balancer itself. If this
is a performance issue for you, probably you need to run chef-server
on a separate machine anyway.

Test cases are still a TODO.


Author:: Maciej Pasternacki

Dependent cookbooks

apache2 >= 0.0.0
chef-server >= 2.0.0

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.

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