Man Page: puppet master


puppet-master - The puppet master daemon


The central puppet server. Functions as a certificate authority by default.


puppet master [-D|--daemonize|--no-daemonize] [-d|--debug] [-h|--help] [-l|--logdest syslog|FILE|console] [-v|--verbose] [-V|--version] [--compile NODE-NAME]


This command starts an instance of puppet master, running as a daemon and using Ruby's built-in Webrick webserver. Puppet master can also be managed by other application servers; when this is the case, this executable is not used.


Note that any Puppet setting that's valid in the configuration file is also a valid long argument. For example, 'server' is a valid setting, so you can specify '--server servername' as an argument. Boolean settings translate into '--setting' and '--no-setting' pairs.

See the configuration file documentation at for the full list of acceptable settings. A commented list of all settings can also be generated by running puppet master with '--genconfig'.


Send the process into the background. This is the default. (This is a Puppet setting, and can go in puppet.conf. Note the special 'no-' prefix for boolean settings on the command line.)


Do not send the process into the background. (This is a Puppet setting, and can go in puppet.conf. Note the special 'no-' prefix for boolean settings on the command line.)


Enable full debugging.


Print this help message.


Where to send log messages. Choose between 'syslog' (the POSIX syslog service), 'console', or the path to a log file. If debugging or verbosity is enabled, this defaults to 'console'. Otherwise, it defaults to 'syslog'.

A path ending with '.json' will receive structured output in JSON format. The log file will not have an ending ']' automatically written to it due to the appending nature of logging. It must be appended manually to make the content valid JSON.


The port on which to listen for traffic. The default port is 8140. (This is a Puppet setting, and can go in puppet.conf.)


Enable verbosity.


Print the puppet version number and exit.


Compile a catalogue and output it in JSON from the puppet master. Uses facts contained in the $vardir/yaml/ directory to compile the catalog.


puppet master


When running as a standalone daemon, puppet master accepts the following signals:

Restart the puppet master server.
Shut down the puppet master server.
Close file descriptors for log files and reopen them. Used with logrotate.


Luke Kanies

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