Writing custom report processors

You can write your own report processor in Ruby and include it in a Puppet module. Puppet can then use the processor to send report data to any service and in any format.

Writing a report processor

A report processor must adhere to these standards:

  • Its name must be a valid Ruby symbol that contains only alphanumeric characters and starts with a letter.
  • It must be in its own Ruby file named <NAME>.rb, inside a Puppet module’s lib/puppet/reports/ directory.
  • Its Ruby code must start with require 'puppet'.
  • It must call the Puppet::Reports.register_report(:NAME) method. This method takes the name of the report as a symbol, and a mandatory block of code with no arguments that contains:
    • A Markdown-formatted string describing the processor, passed to the desc(<DESCRIPTION>) method.
    • An implementation of a method named process that contains the report processor’s main functionality.

Puppet will let the process method access a self object, which will be a Puppet::Transaction::Report object describing a Puppet run.

The processor can access all of the report’s data by calling accessor methods (as described in the report format docs) on self, and it can forward that data to any service you configure in the report processor.

It can also call self.to_yaml to dump the entire report to YAML. Note that the YAML output doesn’t represent a safe, well-defined data format—it’s simply a serialized Ruby object.


A report processor looks like this:

# Located in /etc/puppetlabs/puppet/modules/myreport/lib/puppet/reports/myreport.rb.
require 'puppet'
# If necessary, require any other Ruby libraries for this report here.

Puppet::Reports.register_report(:myreport) do
  desc "Process reports via the fictional my_cool_cmdb API."

  # Declare and configure any settings here. We'll pretend this connects to our API.
  my_api = MY_COOL_CMD

  # Next, define and configure the report processor.
  def process
    # Do something that sets up the API we're sending the report to here.
    # For instance, let's check on the node's status using the report object (self):
    if self.status != nil then
      status = self.status
      status = 'undefined'

    # Next, let's do something if the status equals 'failed'.
    if status == 'failed' then
      # Finally, dump the report object to YAML and post it using the API object:

The above report processor could then be included in the comma-separated list of processors in the Puppet master’s reports setting in puppet.conf, such as reports = store,myreport.

For more examples using this API, see the built-in reports’ source or one of these simple custom reports created by a member of the Puppet community:

These community reports aren’t provided or guaranteed by Puppet.