Chef Workstation 21.2.259 Released!

We are delighted to announce the availability of version 21.2.259 of Chef Workstation.

Chef Infra Client 16.10

Chef Workstation now ships with Chef Infra Client 16.10. This new release includes expanded AWS Metadata support including IMDSv2 support, Alma Linux support, and resource updates. See the Chef Infra Client 16.10 Release Notes for more details on everything new in this release.

Policyfiles Improvements

We've improved how Policyfiles are handled in the chef command. Now running chef install when a Policyfile.lock is not present will generate the lock file and install the cookbooks instead of producing an error. This mirrors the behavior of bundle install and other dependency management tools. We think this will make it easier to manage Chef Infra cookbooks in CI pipelines where a lock may or may not be generated yet. Thanks for reporting this issue @coderanger!

We've also resolved a failure that would occur when testing cookbooks that use Policyfiles in ChefSpec. Thanks for reporting this issue @ElfoLiNk!

Knife Bootstrapping Without Sudo

The knife boostrap command now supports elevating privileges on systems without sudo by using the su command instead. Use the new --su-user and --su-password flags to specify credentials for su.

Alma Linux Support

Chef Infra Client and Chef Workstation now support Alma Linux, a new open-source RHEL fork produced by the CloudLinux team.

Chef Infra Client 16.10 and later now maps the alma-linux platform to the rhel platform_family value.

In Chef Workstation, we've also added support for testing cookbooks on Alma Linux with new Alma Linux 8 Vagrant Images for use in Test Kitchen on VirtualBox, Parallels, and VMware. You can use these images today in Test Kitchen by specifying this new box in your config as follows:

  - name: almalinux-8

Kitchen vCenter Windows Improvements

When using Test Kitchen's vcenter driver, you can now specify administrator_password to set the password on a Windows test instance's Administrator account. Thanks for this enhancement @lomeroe!

Updated Cookstyle

Cookstyle has been updated from 7.5 to 7.7. This new release includes an updated RuboCop engine for improved detection and autocorrection. It also enables RuboCop's Lint/DeprecatedConstants cop to detect deprecated TRUE, FALSE, and NIL constant values.

Amazon Linux 2 Packages

We now produce Chef Workstation packages for Amazon Linux 2. You can find these packages at


We've updated the version of curl packaged with Chef Workstation to 7.75 to resolve the following curl CVEs:

Get the Build

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