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Web frontend for PuppetDB

Project description




Puppetboard is a web interface to PuppetDB aiming to replace the reporting functionality of Puppet Dashboard.

Puppetboard relies on the pypuppetdb library to fetch data from PuppetDB and is built with the help of the Flask microframework.

As of version 0.1.0 and higher, Puppetboard requires PuppetDB 3. Version 0.3.0 has been tested with PuppetDB versions 3 through 6.

At the current time of writing, Puppetboard supports the following Python versions:

  • Python 3.6
  • Python 3.7
  • Python 3.8

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Puppetboard is now packaged and available on PyPi.


Puppet module

There is a Puppet module by Spencer Krum that takes care of installing Puppetboard for you.

You can install it with:

puppet module install puppet-puppetboard

To see how to get it working with EL7 check out these docs.


To install it simply issue the following command:

$ pip install puppetboard

This will install Puppetboard and take care of the dependencies. If you do this Puppetboard will be installed in the so called site-packages or dist-packages of your Python distribution.

The complete path on Debian and Ubuntu systems would be /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/lib/dist-packages/puppetboard and on Fedora would be /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/puppetboard

where X and Y are replaced by your major and minor python versions.

You will need this path in order to configure your HTTPD and WSGI-capable application server.


Native packages for your operating system will be provided in the near future.

OS Status
Debian 6/Squeeze planned Requires Backports
Debian 7/Wheezy planned
Ubuntu 13.04 planned
Ubuntu 13.10 planned
CentOS/RHEL 5 n/a Python 2.4
CentOS/RHEL 6 planned
OpenSuSE 12/13 available Maintained on OpenSuSE Build Service
SuSE LE 11 SP3 available Maintained on OpenSuSE Build Service
ArchLinux available Maintained by Tim Meusel
OpenBSD available Maintained by Sebastian Reitenbach

Docker Images

A Dockerfile was added to the source-code in the 0.2.0 release. An officially image is planned for the 0.2.x series.


$ docker build -t puppetboard .
$ docker run -it -p 9080:80 -v /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/ssl:/etc/puppetlabs/puppet/ssl \
  -e PUPPETDB_HOST=<hostname> \
  -e PUPPETDB_PORT=8081 \
  -e PUPPETDB_SSL_VERIFY=/etc/puppetlabs/puppetdb/ssl/ca.pem \
  -e PUPPETDB_KEY=/etc/puppetlabs/puppetdb/ssl/private.pem \
  -e PUPPETDB_CERT=/etc/puppetlabs/puppetdb/ssl/public.pem \
  -e INVENTORY_FACTS='Hostname,fqdn, IP Address,ipaddress' \
  -e GRAPH_FACTS='architecture,puppetversion,osfamily' \

To set a URL prefix you can use the optional PUPPETBOARD_URL_PREFIX environment variable.


If you wish to hack on Puppetboard you should fork/clone the Github repository and then install the requirements through:

$ pip install -r requirements-test.txt

You're advised to do this inside a virtualenv specifically created to work on Puppetboard as to not pollute your global Python installation.


The following instructions will help you configure Puppetboard and your HTTPD.


Puppetboard is built completely around PuppetDB which means your environment needs to be configured to do that.

In order to get the reports to show up in Puppetboard you need to configure your environment to store those reports in PuppetDB. Have a look at the documentation about this, specifically the Enabling report storage section.


Puppetboard will look for a file pointed at by the PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS environment variable. The file has to be identical to but should only override the settings you need changed.

You can grab a copy of from the path where pip installed Puppetboard to or by looking in the source checkout.

If you run PuppetDB and Puppetboard on the same machine the default settings provided will be enough to get you started and you won't need a custom settings file.

Assuming your webserver and PuppetDB machine are not identical you will at least have to change the following settings:


By default PuppetDB requires SSL to be used when a non-local client wants to connect. Therefor you'll also have to supply the following settings:

  • PUPPETDB_SSL_VERIFY = /path/to/ca/keyfile.pem
  • PUPPETDB_KEY = /path/to/private/keyfile.pem
  • PUPPETDB_CERT = /path/to/public/keyfile.crt

For information about how to generate the correct keys please refer to the pypuppetdb documentation. Alternatively is possible to explicitly specify the protocol to be used setting the PUPPETDB_PROTO variable.

Other settings that might be interesting in no particular order:

  • SECRET_KEY: Refer to Flask documentation, section sessions: How to generate good secret keys, to set the value. Defaults to a random 24-char string generated by os.random(24)
  • PUPPETDB_TIMEOUT: Defaults to 20 seconds but you might need to increase this value. It depends on how big the results are when querying PuppetDB. This behaviour will change in a future release when pagination will be introduced.
  • UNRESPONSIVE_HOURS: The amount of hours since the last check-in after which a node is considered unresponsive.
  • LOGLEVEL: A string representing the loglevel. It defaults to 'info' but can be changed to 'warning' or 'critical' for less verbose logging or 'debug' for more information.
  • ENABLE_QUERY: Defaults to True causing a Query tab to show up in the web interface allowing users to write and execute arbitrary queries against a set of endpoints in PuppetDB. Change this to False to disable this. See ENABLED_QUERY_ENDPOINTS to fine-tune which endpoints are allowed.
  • ENABLED_QUERY_ENDPOINTS: If ENABLE_QUERY is True, allow to fine tune the endpoints of PuppetDB APIs that can be queried. It must be a list of strings of PuppetDB endpoints for which the query is enabled. See the QUERY_ENDPOINTS constant in the module for a list of the available endpoints.
  • GRAPH_TYPE: Specify the type of graph to display. Default is pie, other good option is donut. Other choices can be found here: _C3JS_documentation`
  • GRAPH_FACTS: A list of fact names to tell PuppetBoard to generate a pie-chart on the fact page. With some fact values being unique per node, like ipaddress, uuid, and serial number, as well as structured facts it was no longer feasible to generate a graph for everything.
  • INVENTORY_FACTS: A list of tuples that serve as the column header and the fact name to search for to create the inventory page. If a fact is not found for a node then undef is printed.
  • ENABLE_CATALOG: If set to True allows the user to view a node's latest catalog. This includes all managed resources, their file-system locations and their relationships, if available. Defaults to False.
  • REFRESH_RATE: Defaults to 30 the number of seconds to wait until the index page is automatically refreshed.
  • DEFAULT_ENVIRONMENT: Defaults to 'production', as the name suggests, load all information filtered by this environment value.
  • REPORTS_COUNT: Defaults to 10 the limit of the number of reports to load on the node or any reports page.
  • OFFLINE_MODE: If set to True load static assets (jquery, semantic-ui, etc) from the local web server instead of a CDN. Defaults to False.
  • DAILY_REPORTS_CHART_ENABLED: Enable the use of daily chart graphs when looking at dashboard and node view.
  • DAILY_REPORTS_CHART_DAYS: Number of days to show history for on the daily report graphs.
  • DISPLAYED_METRICS: Metrics to show when displaying node summary. Example: '', 'events.noop'.
  • TABLE_COUNT_SELECTOR: Configure the dropdown to limit number of hosts to show per page.
  • LITTLE_TABLE_COUNT: Default number of reports to show when when looking at a node.
  • NORMAL_TABLE_COUNT: Default number of nodes to show when displaying reports and catalog nodes.
  • LOCALISE_TIMESTAMP: Normalize time based on localserver time.
  • WITH_EVENT_NUMBERS: If set to True then Overview and Nodes list shows exact number of changed resources in last report. Otherwise shows only 'some' string if there are resources with given status. Setting to False gives performance benefits, especially in big Puppet environments (more than few hundreds of nodes). Defaults to True.
  • DEV_LISTEN_HOST: For use with for development. Default is localhost
  • DEV_LISTEN_PORT: For use with for development. Default is 5000

Puppet Enterprise

Puppet Enterprise maintains a certificate white-list for which certificates are allowed to access data from PuppetDB. This whitelist is maintained in /etc/puppetlabs/puppetdb/certificate-whitelist and you have to add the certificate name to that file.

Afterwards you'll need to restart pe-puppetdb and you should be able to query PuppetDB freely now.


You can run it in development mode by simply executing:

$ python

Use PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS to change the different settings or patch directly. Take care not to include your local changes on that file when submitting patches for Puppetboard. Place a file inside the base directory of the git repository that will be used, if the environment variable is not set.


To run Puppetboard in production we provide instructions for the following scenarios:

  • Apache + mod_wsgi
  • Apache + mod_passenger
  • nginx + uwsgi
  • nginx + gunicorn

If you deploy Puppetboard through a different setup we'd welcome a pull request that adds the instructions to this section.

Installation On Linux Distros ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Debian Jessie Install.

Apache + mod_wsgi

First we need to create the necessary directories:

$ mkdir -p /var/www/html/puppetboard

Copy Puppetboard's to the newly created puppetboard directory and name the file This file will be available at the path Puppetboard was installed, for example: /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/lib/dist-packages/puppetboard/

Change the settings that need changing to match your environment and delete or comment with a # the rest of the entries.

If you don't need to change any settings you can skip the creation of the file entirely.

Now create a with the following content in the newly created puppetboard directory:

from __future__ import absolute_import
import os

# Needed if a file exists
os.environ['PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS'] = '/var/www/html/puppetboard/'
from import app as application

Make sure this file is readable by the user the webserver runs as.

Flask requires a static secret_key, see FlaskSession, in order to protect itself from CSRF exploits. The default secret_key in generates a random 24 character string, however this string is re-generated on each request under httpd >= 2.4.

To generate your own secret_key create a python script with the following content and run it once:

import os

Copy the output and add the following to your file:

application.secret_key = '<your secret key>'

The last thing we need to do is configure Apache.

Here is a sample configuration for Debian and Ubuntu:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName puppetboard.example.tld
    WSGIDaemonProcess puppetboard user=www-data group=www-data threads=5
    WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/html/puppetboard/
    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/puppetboard.error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/puppetboard.access.log combined

    Alias /static /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard/static
    <Directory /usr/local/lib/pythonX.X/dist-packages/puppetboard/static>
        Satisfy Any
        Allow from all

    <Directory /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard>
        WSGIProcessGroup puppetboard
        WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL}
        Order deny,allow
        Allow from all

Here is a sample configuration for Fedora:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName puppetboard.example.tld
    WSGIDaemonProcess puppetboard user=apache group=apache threads=5
    WSGIScriptAlias / /var/www/html/puppetboard/
    ErrorLog logs/puppetboard-error_log
    CustomLog logs/puppetboard-access_log combined

    Alias /static /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/puppetboard/static
    <Directory /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/puppetboard/static>
        Satisfy Any
        Allow from all

    <Directory /usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/puppetboard>
        WSGIProcessGroup puppetboard
        WSGIApplicationGroup %{GLOBAL}
        Require all granted

Note the directory path, it's the path to where pip installed Puppetboard; X.Y must be replaced with your python version. We also alias the /static path so that Apache will serve the static files like the included CSS and Javascript.

Apache + mod_passenger

It is possible to run Python applications through Passenger. Passenger has supported this since version 3 but it's considered experimental. Since the release of Passenger 4 it's a 'core' feature of the product.

Performance wise it also leaves something to be desired compared to the mod_wsgi powered solution. Application start up is noticeably slower and loading pages takes a fraction longer.

First we need to create the necessary directories:

$ mkdir -p /var/www/puppetboard/{tmp,public}

Copy Puppetboard's to the newly created puppetboard directory and name the file This file will be available at the path Puppetboard was installed, for example: /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/lib/dist-packages/puppetboard/

Change the settings that need changing to match your environment and delete or comment with a # the rest of the entries.

If you don't need to change any settings you can skip the creation of the file entirely.

Now create a with the following content in the newly created puppetboard directory:

from __future__ import absolute_import
import os
import logging

logging.basicConfig(filename='/path/to/file/for/logging', level=logging.INFO)

# Needed if a file exists
os.environ['PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS'] = '/var/www/puppetboard/'

    from import app as application
except Exception, inst:
    logging.exception("Error: %s", str(type(inst)))

Unfortunately due to the way Passenger works we also need to configure logging inside else application start up issues won't be logged.

This means that even though LOGLEVEL might be set in your this setting will take precedence over it.

Now the only thing left to do is configure Apache:

<VirtualHost *:80>
    ServerName puppetboard.example.tld
    DocumentRoot /var/www/puppetboard/public
    ErrorLog /var/log/apache2/puppetboard.error.log
    CustomLog /var/log/apache2/puppetboard.access.log combined

    RackAutoDetect On
    Alias /static /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard/static

Note the /static alias path, it's the path to where pip installed Puppetboard. This is needed so that Apache will serve the static files like the included CSS and Javascript.

nginx + uwsgi

A common Python deployment scenario is to use the uwsgi application server (which can also serve rails/rack, PHP, Perl and other applications) and proxy to it through something like nginx or perhaps even HAProxy.

uwsgi has a feature that every instance can run as its own user. In this example we'll use the www-data user but you can create a separate user solely for running Puppetboard and use that instead.

First we need to create the necessary directories:

$ mkdir -p /var/www/puppetboard

Copy Puppetboard's to the newly created puppetboard directory and name the file This file will be available at the path Puppetboard was installed, for example: /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/lib/dist-packages/puppetboard/

Change the settings that need changing to match your environment and delete or comment with a # the rest of the entries.

If you don't need to change any settings you can skip the creation of the file entirely.

Now create a with the following content in the newly created puppetboard directory:

from __future__ import absolute_import
import os

# Needed if a file exists
os.environ['PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS'] = '/var/www/puppetboard/'
from import app as application

Make sure this file is owned by the user and group the uwsgi instance will run as.

Now we need to start uwsgi:

$ uwsgi --socket :9090 --wsgi-file /var/www/puppetboard/

Feel free to change the port to something other than 9090.

The last thing we need to do is configure nginx to proxy the requests:

upstream puppetboard {

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name puppetboard.example.tld;
    charset     utf-8;

    location /static {
        alias /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard/static;

    location / {
        uwsgi_pass puppetboard;
        include    /path/to/uwsgi_params/probably/etc/nginx/uwsgi_params;

If all went well you should now be able to access to Puppetboard. Note the /static location block to make nginx serve static files like the included CSS and Javascript.

Because nginx natively supports the uwsgi protocol we use uwsgi_pass instead of the traditional proxy_pass.

nginx + gunicorn ^^^^^^^^^^^^^ You can use gunicorn instead of uwsgi if you prefer, the process doesn't differ too much. As we can't use uwsgi_pass with gunicorn, the nginx configuration file is going to differ a bit:

server {
    listen      80;
    server_name puppetboard.example.tld;
    charset     utf-8;

    location /static {
        alias /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard/static;

    location / {
        add_header Access-Control-Allow-Origin *;
        proxy_pass_header Server;
        proxy_set_header Host $http_host;
        proxy_redirect off;
        proxy_set_header X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
        proxy_set_header X-Scheme $scheme;
        proxy_connect_timeout 10;
        proxy_read_timeout 10;

Now, for running it with gunicorn:

$ cd /usr/local/lib/pythonX.Y/dist-packages/puppetboard
$ gunicorn -b

As we may want to serve in the background, and we need PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS as an environment variable, is recommendable to run this under supervisor. An example supervisor config with basic settings is the following:

command=gunicorn -b

For newer systems with systemd (for example CentOS7), you can use the following service file (/usr/lib/systemd/system/gunicorn@.service):

Description=gunicorn daemon for %i

ExecStart=/usr/bin/gunicorn --config /etc/sysconfig/gunicorn/%i.conf %i
ExecReload=/bin/kill -s HUP $MAINPID

And the corresponding gunicorn config (/etc/sysconfig/gunicorn/\:app.conf):

import multiprocessing

bind    = ''
workers = multiprocessing.cpu_count() * 2 + 1
chdir   = '/usr/lib/pythonX.Y/site-packages/puppetboard'
raw_env = ['PUPPETBOARD_SETTINGS=/var/www/puppetboard/', 'http_proxy=']


If you wish to make users authenticate before getting access to Puppetboard you can use one of the following configuration snippets.


Inside the VirtualHost:

<Location "/">
    AuthType Basic
    AuthName "Puppetboard"
    Require valid-user
    AuthBasicProvider file
    AuthUserFile /path/to/a/file.htpasswd


Inside the location / {} block that has the uwsgi_pass directive:

auth_basic "Puppetboard";
auth_basic_user_file /path/to/a/file.htpasswd;

Getting Help

This project is still very new so it's not inconceivable you'll run into issues.

For bug reports you can file an issue. If you need help with something feel free to hit up the maintainers by e-mail or on IRC. They can usually be found on IRCnet and Freenode and idles in #puppetboard.

There's now also the #puppetboard channel on Freenode where we hang out and answer questions related to pypuppetdb and Puppetboard.

There is also a GoogleGroup to exchange questions and discussions. Please note that this group contains discussions of other Puppet Community projects.

Third party

Some people have already started building things with and around Puppetboard.

Hunter Haugen has provided a Vagrant setup:



We welcome contributions to this project. However, there are a few ground rules contributors should be aware of.


This project is licensed under the Apache v2.0 License. As such, your contributions, once accepted, are automatically covered by this license.

Commit messages

Write decent commit messages. Don't use swear words and refrain from uninformative commit messages as 'fixed typo'.

The preferred format of a commit message:

docs/quickstart: Fixed a typo in the Nodes section.

If needed, elaborate further on this commit. Feel free to write a
complete blog post here if that helps us understand what this is
all about.

Fixes #4 and resolves #2.

If you'd like a more elaborate guide on how to write and format your commit messages have a look at this post by Tim Pope.



A vagrant project to show off the puppetboard functionality using the puppetboard puppet module on a puppetserver with puppetdb.


Overview / Index / Homepage

Nodes view, all active nodes

Single node page / overview

Report view

Facts view

Single fact, with graphs

All nodes that have this fact with that value

Metrics view

Single metric

Query view

Error page


This is the changelog for Puppetboard.


  • Dockerfile: Switch to python:3.7-alpine image
  • pypuppetdb: raise version requirement >=1.2.0 to >=2.0.0
  • Drop support for python2.7 and python3.5 & Add python3.8 to buildmatrix
  • Upgrade of tests requirements + resolving current deprecation warnings
  • Ignore facts environment for compatibility and performance
  • Adding mypy + Cleanup + CommonMark upgrade to 0.9.1
  • Update docker and fix coveralls not running.
  • Cast inventory data toString


  • Move to Python 3.6 for Docker
  • Fix problem loading daily chart on node page
  • fix gunicorn parameter and allow to define workers in docker
  • Add feature for better performance in big Puppet envs
  • bundle requirements.txt for tests and docker


  • CI enhancements
  • Allow to configure which PuppetDB endpoints are allowed
  • Update c3 to 4.22
  • Add basic health check endpoint
  • Allow to force the PuppetDB connection protocol
  • Update jquery-tablesort to 0.0.11
  • Fix bug breaking date/time sort
  • Fix formatvalue for list of dicts
  • Modify date sort to handle failed
  • Include template files for altering Semantic css and Google fonts
  • Make 320px the max width for columns
  • If query is None don't perform add on it
  • Query using producer_timestamp index vs. start_time
  • Add missing components for building source packages
  • Add support for URL prefixes to Docker image


  • Core UI Rework
  • Update to pypuppetdb 0.3.3
  • Fix sorty on data for index
  • Update debian documentation
  • Offline mode fix
  • Fix fact attribute error on paths
  • Enhanced testing
  • Radiator CSS uses same coloring
  • Markdown in config version
  • Update Flask
  • Cleanup requirements.txt
  • Update package maintainer for OpenBSD


  • Daily Charts
  • Fixed missing javascript files on radiator view.
  • TravisCI and Coveralls integration.
  • Fixed app crash in catalog view.
  • Upgrade pypuppetdb to 0.3.2
  • Enhanced queries for Node and Report (#271)
  • Optimize Inventory Code.
  • Use certname instead of hostname to identify nodes when applicable.
  • Add environment filter for facts.
  • Update cs.js to 0.4.11
  • Fix radiator column alignment
  • Security checks with bandit
  • Dockerfile now uses gunicorn and environment variables for configuration.
  • Handle division by zero errors.
  • Implement new Jquery Datatables.
  • JSON output for radiator. * Move javascript to head tag.
  • Optimize reports and node page queries.
  • Fix all environments for PuppetDB 3.2
  • Fact graph chart now configurable.
  • Support for Flask 0.12 and Jinja2 2.9
  • Fix misreporting noops as changes.


  • Full support for PuppetDB 4.x
  • Updating Semantic UI to 2.1.8
  • Updating Flask-WTF requirements to 0.12
  • Updating WTForms to 2.x
  • Restored CSRF protection on the Query Tab form
  • Updating Pypuppetdb requirement to 0.3.x
  • New configuration option OVERVIEW_FILTER allows users to add custom PuppetDB query clauses to include/exclude nodes displayed on the index page
  • Adding Radiator view similar to what is available in Puppet Dashboard
  • Adding a drop-down list in the Reports tab to configure the number of reports displayed
  • Removing unneeded report_latest() endpoint. This endpoint was deprecated with the addition of the latest_report_hash field in the Nodes PuppetDB endpoint
  • Enhancing Report pagination
  • Using the OOP Query Builder available in Pypuppetdb 0.3.x
  • Allowing PQL queries in the Query Tab
  • Fixing double url-quoting bug on Metric endpodint calls
  • Adding a Boolean field to the Query form to prettyprint responses from PuppetDB
  • Fixing corner-case where empty environments would trigger a ZeroDivisionError due to the Number of Nodes divided by the Number of Resources calculation
  • Adding additional logging in


  • Add configuration option to set the default environment with new configuration option DEFAULT_ENVIRONMENT, defaults to 'production'.
  • Loading all available environments with every page load.
  • Adding an "All Environments" item to the Environments dropdown to remove all environment filters on PuppetDB data.
  • Updating README.rst to update links and describe new configuration options.
  • Fixing Query form submission problem by disabling CSRF protection. Needs to be re-implemented.

* Updating the pypuppetdb requirement to >= 0.2.1, using information
available in PuppetDB 3.2 and higher

* latest_report_hash and latest_report_status fields from the Nodes endpoint, this effectively deprecates the report_latest() function* code_id from the Catalogs endpoint (current unused) * Adding a automatic refresh on the overview page to reload the page every X number of seconds, defaults to 30. This is configurable with the configuration option REFRESH_RATE * Fixing the table alignment in the catalog_compare() page by switching to fixed tables from basic tables. * Using colors similar to Puppet Dashboard and Foreman for the status counts sections


  • Fix bug where the reports template was not generating the report links with the right environment


  • Requires pypuppetdb >= 0.2.0
  • Drop support for PuppetDB 2 and earlier
  • Full support for PuppetDB 3.x
  • The first directory location is now a Puppet environment which is filtered on all supported queries. Users can browse different environments with a select field in the top NavBar
  • Using limit, order_by and offset parameters adding pagaination on the Reports page (available in the NavBar). Functionality is available to pages that accept a page attribute.
  • The report page now directly queries pypuppetdb to match the report_id value with the report hash or configuration_version fields.
  • Catching and aborting with a 404 if the report and report_latest function queries do not return a generator object.
  • Adding a Catalogs page (similar to the Nodes page) with a form to compare one node's catalog information with that of another node.
  • Updating the Query Endpoints for the Query page.
  • Adding to templates/_macros.html status_counts that shows node/report status information, like what is avaiable on the index and nodes pages, available to the reports pages and tables also.
  • Showing report logs and metrics in the report page.
  • Removing limit_reports from because this helper function has been replaced by the limit PuppetDB paging function.

Known Issues

  • fact_value pages rendered from JSON valued facts return no results. A more sophisticated API is required to make use of JSON valued facts (through the factsets, fact-paths and/or fact-contents endpoints for example)


  • Now requires WTForms versions less than 2.0
  • Adding a Flask development server in
  • Adding CSRF protection VIA the flask_wtf CsrfProtect object.
  • Allowing users to configure the report limit on pages where reports are listed with the LIMIT_REPORTS configuration option.
  • Adding an inventory page to users to be able to see all available nodes and a configure lists of facts to display VIA the INVENTORY_FACTS configuration option.
  • Adding a page to view a node's catalog information if enabled, disabled by default. Can be changed with the ENABLE_CATALOG configuration attribute.
  • New configuration option GRAPH_FACTS allows the user to choose which graphs will generate pie on the fact pages.
  • Replacing Chart.js with c3.js and d3.js.
  • Adding Semantic UI 0.16.1 and removing unused bootstrap styles.
  • Adding an OFFLINE_MODE configuration option to load local assets or from a CDN service. This is useful in environments without internet access.


  • Fix the sorting of the different tables containing facts.
  • Fix the license in our The license shouldn't be longer than 200 characters. We were including the full license tripping up tools like bdist_rpm.


This release introduces a few big changes. The most obvious one is the revamped Overview page which has received significant love. Most of the work was done by Julius Härtl. The Nodes tab has been given a slight face-lift too.

Other changes:

  • This release depends on the new pypuppetdb 0.1.0. Because of this the SSL configuration options have been changed:
    • PUPPETDB_SSL is gone and replaced by PUPPETDB_SSL_VERIFY which now defaults to True. This only affects connections to PuppetDB that happen over SSL.
    • SSL is automatically enabled if both PUPPETDB_CERT and PUPPETDB_KEY are provided.
  • Display of deeply nested metrics and query results have been fixed.
  • Average resources per node metric is now displayed as a natural number.
  • A link back to the node has been added to the reports.
  • A few issues with reports have been fixed.
  • A new setting called UNRESPONSIVE_HOURS has been added which denotes the amount of hours after which Puppetboard will display the node as unreported if it hasn't checked in. We default to 2 hours.
  • The event message can now be viewed by clicking on the event.

Puppetboard is now neatly packaged up and available on PyPi. This should significantly help reduce the convoluted installation instructions people had to follow.

Updated installation instructions have been added on how to install from PyPi and how to configure your HTTPD.


In this release we've introduced a few new things. First of all we now require pypuppetdb version 0.0.4 or later which includes support for the v3 API introduced with PuppetDB 1.5.

Because of changes in PuppetDB 1.5 and therefor in pypuppetdb users of the v2 API, regardless of the PuppetDB version, will no longer be able to view reports or events.

In light of this the following settings have been removed:


Two new settings have been added:

  • PUPPETDB_API: an integer, defaulting to 3, representing the API version we want to use.
  • ENABLE_QUERY: a boolean, defaulting to True, on wether or not to be able to use the Query tab.

We've also added a few new features:

  • Thanks to some work done during PuppetConf together with Nick Lewis (from Puppet Labs) we now expose all of PuppetDB's metrics in the Metrics tab. The formatting isn't exactly pretty but it's a start.
  • Spencer Krum added the graphing capabilities to the Facts tab.
  • Daniel Lawrence added a feature so that facts on the node view are clickable and take you to the complete overview of that fact for your infrastructure and made the nodes in the complete facts list clickable so you can jump to a node.
  • Klavs Klavsen contributed some documentation on how to run Puppetboard with Passenger.


Initial release.

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