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Version information

  • 1.4.0 (latest)
  • 1.3.0
  • 1.2.0
  • 1.1.0
  • 1.0.0
  • 0.6.0
  • 0.5.1
  • 0.5.0
  • 0.4.1
  • 0.3.1
  • 0.2.0
  • 0.1.2
  • 0.1.0
released Jan 22nd 2021
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x, 2019.8.x, 2019.7.x, 2019.5.x, 2019.4.x, 2019.3.x, 2019.2.x, 2019.1.x, 2019.0.x, 2018.1.x, 2017.3.x
  • Puppet >= 5.1.0 < 8.0.0
  • , , , ,
  • facts
  • facts
  • external
  • info

Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'puppetlabs-facts', '1.4.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add puppetlabs-facts
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install puppetlabs-facts --version 1.4.0

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puppetlabs/facts — version 1.4.0 Jan 22nd 2021


Table of Contents

  1. Description
  2. Requirements
  3. Usage
  4. Reference - An under-the-hood peek at what the module is doing and how


This module provides a collection of facts tasks and plans all of which retrieve facts from the specified targets but each of them processes the retrieved facts differently. The provided plans are:

  • facts - retrieves the facts and then stores them in the inventory, returns a result set wrapping result objects for each specified target which in turn wrap the retrieved facts
  • facts::info - retrieves the facts and returns information about each target's OS compiled from the os fact value retrieved from that target

The provided tasks:

  • facts - retrieves the facts and without further processing returns a result set wrapping result objects for each specified target which in turn wrap the retrieved facts (this task is used by the above plans). This task relies on cross-platform task support; if unavailable, the individual implementations can be used instead.
  • facts::bash - bash implementation of fact gathering, used by the facts task.
  • facts::powershell - powershell implementation of fact gathering, used by the facts task.
  • facts::ruby - ruby implementation of fact gathering, used by the facts task.

puppet_agent module support: The puppet_agent::install_shell task uses the implementation code to gather facts. When is invoked with the positional argument platform or release only the requested fact is returned.


root@y77tzpv6qxnx5at:~# ./ 
  "os": {
    "name": "Ubuntu",
    "release": {
      "full": "16.04",
      "major": "16",
      "minor": "04"
    "family": "Debian"
root@y77tzpv6qxnx5at:~# ./ "release"
root@y77tzpv6qxnx5at:~# ./ "platform"


This module is compatible with the version of Puppet Bolt it ships with.


To run the facts plan run

bolt plan run facts --targets,


All plans have only one parameter:

  • targets - The targets to retrieve the facts from.


The core functionality is implemented in the facts task, which provides implementations for the shell, powershell, and puppet-agent features. The powerhsell and bash implementations of the task compile and return information mimicking that provided by facter's os fact. When the puppet-agent feature is available the ruby implementation will return the result running facter --json on the target.