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  • Last Updated : 26 Apr, 2022

Chef is a management tool that is built by Progress. It is built using Ruby and Erlang programming languages. Its initial release was in 2009 and this software is covered under Apache License 2.0. It is capable of running on different operating systems like Windows, macOS, Linux, Solaris, FreeBSD etc. Ruby is used as a domain-centric language in this software.

Puppet is also a management tool that manages the configuration of different types of software. It is a popular tool due to its open-source nature and is capable of running on various operating systems like Linux, Windows, Unix etc. It was developed by Puppet incorporation. Its first release was in 2005 and its stable release was in 2022. It is built using different programming languages like Ruby, Clojure and C++.

 

Below is a table of differentiation between Chef and Puppet:

 

Chef

Puppet

1. Ruby programming knowledge is needed to handle the management of Chef. DSL programming knowledge is needed to handle the management of Puppet.
2. Chef is mostly used by small and medium-sized companies for management. Large corporations and enterprises use Puppet for management.
3. It has comparatively fewer features. It has more features including advanced features.
4. There is no error visibility at installation time which results in difficulty. Error visibility at installation time is provided to ease the installation process.
5. The transmission process to establish communication in this software is slower as compared to Puppet. The transmission process to establish communication in this software is faster as compared to Chef.
6. No backup server facility to deal with failures.  A backup server facility is provided to cope with failures.
7. The coding style of the chef is procedural in nature. The coding style of puppet is declarative in nature.
8. The popularity of Chef is low as compared to Puppet. Popularity is high.
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