Puppet Server: Installing From Packages

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Puppet Server is configured to use 2 GB of RAM by default. If you’re just testing an installation on a Virtual Machine, this much memory is not necessary. To change the memory allocation, see Memory Allocation.

If you’re also using PuppetDB, check its requirements.

Java support

Puppet Server versions are tested against the following versions of Java:

Puppet Server Java
2.x 7, 8
5.x 8
6.0-6.5 8, 11 (experimental)
6.6 and later 8, 11

Some Java versions may work with other Puppet Server versions, but we do not test or support those cases. Community submitted patches for support greater than Java 11 are welcome. Both Java 8 and 11 are considered long-term support versions and are planned to be supported by upstream maintainers until 2022 or later.

Install Puppet Server from packages

  1. Enable the Puppet package repositories, if you haven’t already done so.

  2. Install the Puppet Server package by running:

yum install puppetserver

or

apt-get install puppetserver

There is no - in the package name.

Note: If you’re upgrading, stop any existing puppetmaster or puppetserver service by running service <service_name> stop or systemctl stop <service_name>.

  1. Start the Puppet Server service:
systemctl start puppetserver

or

service puppetserver start

Platforms with packages

Puppet provides official packages that install Puppet Server 6.0 and all of its prerequisites on x86_64 architectures for the following platforms, as part of Puppet Platform.

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Debian 8 (Jessie)
  • Debian 9 (Stretch)
  • Debian 10 (Buster)
  • Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic) - enable the universe repository, which contains packages necessary for Puppet Server.
  • Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial)
  • SLES 12 SP1

Note: Java 8 runtime packages do not exist in the standard repositories for Debian 8 (Jessie). To install Puppet Server on Jessie, configure the jessie-backports repository.

Platforms without packages

For platforms and architectures where no official packages are available, you can build Puppet Server from source. Such platforms are not tested, and running Puppet Server from source is not recommended for production use.

For details, see Running from Source.

Memory allocation

By default, Puppet Server is configured to use 2GB of RAM. However, if you want to experiment with Puppet Server on a VM, you can safely allocate as little as 512MB of memory. To change the Puppet Server memory allocation, you can edit the init config file.

  • For RHEL or CentOS, open /etc/sysconfig/puppetserver
  • For Debian or Ubuntu, open /etc/default/puppetserver
  1. In your settings, update the line:

     # Modify this if you'd like to change the memory allocation, enable JMX, etc
     JAVA_ARGS="-Xms2g -Xmx2g"
    

    Replace 2g with the amount of memory you want to allocate to Puppet Server. For example, to allocate 1GB of memory, use JAVA_ARGS="-Xms1g -Xmx1g"; for 512MB, use JAVA_ARGS="-Xms512m -Xmx512m".

    For more information about the recommended settings for the JVM, see Oracle’s docs on JVM tuning.

  2. Restart the puppetserver service after making any changes to this file.

Reporting Issues

Submit issues to our bug tracker.

See an issue? Please file a JIRA ticket in our [DOCUMENTATION] project
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