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Installing Puppet 5

Puppet 5 Agent on Ubuntu Trusty and Xenial

You would think this should be a straight forward task, but no, unfortunately, alas, no, it is not. Forces are at work to stop you from getting Puppet.

Ubuntu Packages Blocking Puppet

Puppet Docs Blocking Puppet

Puppet’s docs will instruct you to download an installer that installs the repository entry and public key, so that then you can go install puppet on your own.

Yes, that is correct, the installer DOES NOT INSTALL Puppet. And then afterward, after reading tomes of text, it doesn’t really tell you how to install it.

In any event, here’s how to get Puppet 5 (puppet-agent), Puppet Development Kit (pdk), and the new tool bolt on your system so you can play around with these tools.

Installing Puppet

Install GPG Key

sudo apt-key adv \
--keyserver "" \
--recv-keys "EF8D349F"

Add Repository Entry

echo "deb $(lsb_release -c -s) puppet5" \
| sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/puppet5.list
sudo apt-get update

You verify that you are pointing to the correct source for puppet-agent, pdk, and bolt.

apt-cache policy puppet-agent bolt pdk

Install the Goods

sudo apt-get install -y puppet-agent bolt pdk

Optionally added new tools from Puppet, bolt a simple remote execute tool and pdk(Puppet Dev Kit), a toolset for creating Puppet modules.

Wait, We’re Not Done

-bash: puppet: command not found


No, We’re not going to take it! Let’s make these puppies available:

After running this fancy schmancy bash snippet, we can check our versions now:

As of April 13, 2018, if none of the programs crash (stack trace), this shows us:

puppet: 5.5.0
facter: 3.11.0
hiera: 3.4.2
mco: 2.12.0
bolt: 0.19.0
pdk: 1.4.1

And it crashes…

Game Over Man!

Well, actually, I had this happen with mco on Ubuntu 16.04. Fortunately, I have a version of ruby 2.4 installed, so I can fix this by gem install stomp. If you don’t have ruby 2.4, well, then get it!

You can install ruby 2.4 easily by using either RVM or rbenv. I even wrote a few articles on these:


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