A puppet module for managing puppet modules
James Shewey

James Shewey



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Version information

  • 0.9.0 (latest)
  • 0.1.0
released Jul 3rd 2019

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jdshewey/modman — version 0.9.0 Jul 3rd 2019


Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Setup
  3. Usage
  4. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


Modman is a Puppet module for managing Puppet modules. Perhaps you have multiple environments or locations and you need a puppet master for each location. If so, this module can Puppetize the setup of the Puppet server in your new environment by installing any missing modules from a given list.

This module can also ensure that all of your modules are at the latest versions by installing updates. While Code Manager or r10k can do this and much more, Code Manager requires a Puppet Enterprise licese and r10k setup and management is extremely complicated. This is a much simpler system and can be thought of at Code Manager/r10k lite. It is perfect for those who are not coding much more than a basic module and are using mostly off-the-shelf Puppet Forge modules.


To install modman, use

puppet module install jdshewey-modman


In it's least complicated usage, simply include the modman class in your main init.pp manifest with a list of modules you want to install or keep up to date

                 modules => [
                         { name  => "crayfishx-firewalld"},
                         { name  => "puppetlabs-stdlib"}

In the above example, if a module is not detected, the latest version will be installed. If it is if it is already installed, then modman will check for updates.

However, you may find that you need need to pin to a specific version of a module and/or that you have dependancy conflicts and you need to ignore dependancies. If you need all of these, then the most complicated usage of modman would be:

                modules     => [
                        { name  => "puppetlabs-stdlib", version => "4.10" },  #try_get_value deprecated in version 4.12, but we require it
                        { name  => "puppetlabs-firewall" },
                        { name  => "example42-nfs", ignore_dependancies => true }

Optionally, the ignore_dependancies and version options can be combined if needed.


Development of modman takes place at If you wish to contribute or have an issue to file, you may do so there.

Release Notes

  • We are planning to allow you to supply a cron-style time to the class to allow you to schedule the updates for a specific maintenance window