Chef Workstation 20.12.205 Released!

We are delighted to announce the availability of version 20.12.205 of Chef Workstation.

Chef Infra Client 16.8.14

Chef Infra Client has been updated to 16.8.14 with many improvements to built-in resources, as well as the following improvements to the knife CLI:

  • knife bootstrap with the --forward-agent no longer results in an error. Thanks for fixing this @drbrain!
  • knife bootstrap no longer sets the SSH option -o IdentitiesOnly when no keys are specified. Thanks for fixing this @drbrain!
  • knife ssh with the --no-host-key-verify option no longer shows a deprecation warning. Thanks for reporting this issue @bipinbachhao-lilly!
  • knife ssh with the --ssh-password option no longer results in an error. Thanks for reporting this issue @evandam!
  • knife ssh with the --sudo flag will no longer silently fail. Thanks for fixing this @rveznaver!

Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec has been updated to 4.24.8 including the following improvements:

  • An unset HOME environment variable will not cause execution failures
  • You can use wildcards in platform-name and release in InSpec profiles. Thanks for this improvement @yarick!
  • The WMI resource now returns an array to support returning multiple WMI objects
  • The package resource on Windows properly escapes package names. Thanks for this improvement @ramereth!
  • The grub_conf resource succeeds even if without a menuentry in the grub config
  • Loaded plugins won't try to re-load themselves


Cookstyle has been updated to 7.3.11, which includes an updated RuboCop, two additional Chef Infra cops, and a large number of improvements to existing cops.

See the Cookstyle 7.3.11 Release Notes for details.


Kitchen Dokken has been updated to 2.11.2 to resolve failures from creating containers during the Test Kitchen converge. Thanks for reporting this issue @emeshuris!

Chef Workstation App

We've improved the Chef Workstation menu bar app to make getting started with Chef Infra easier:

  • We added links to the Chef Documentation and Learn Chef sites on the app menu bar, making it easier to find documentation for Chef products.
  • Our Release Notes are on the Chef Documentation site, making them easier to find and read.
  • The first time it launches, Chef Workstation creates the .chef directory with a sample credential file in your home directory (if you don't already have them), making the set-up process one step easier.

Get the Build

If you are running the Chef Workstation toolbar application you can download this version from the menu after the app next update check. You can also download binaries directly from

As always, we welcome your feedback and invite you to contact us directly or share your email. Thanks for using Chef Workstation!