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Puppet Explorer

Puppet web interface written in CoffeeScript using AngularJS

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Puppet Explorer is a web application for PuppetDB that lets you explore your Puppet data. It is made using AngularJS and CoffeeScript and runs entirely on the client side, so the only backend that is needed is PuppetDB itself and a web server to share the static resources.

It has the same query language as the popular Puppet module dalen-puppetdbquery. This lets you easily filter for a selection of nodes and show the events or facts for only them. So you can handle hosts as groups without needing to have predefined groups, just make them up as you need and click on the pie charts to drill down further. The JavaScript version of this query parser is available as a separate component so you can use it in your own projects easily, node-puppetdbquery.

All views in the application are made to be able to link directly to them, so it is easy to share information you find with coworkers.

It has support for multiple PuppetDB servers.


The dashboard:

The dashboard

Node search:

Node search

Events view and filtering:

Events view

Facts view:

Facts view


Try it out live with some made up AWS data at


The recommended way to install it is on the same host as your PuppetDB instance. Then proxy /api to port 8080 of your PuppetDB instance (except the /commands endpoint). This avoids the need for any CORS headers.

It is possible to have it on a separate domain from your PuppetDB though. If you do, make sure you have the correct Access-Control-Allow-Origin header and a Access-Control-Expose-Headers: X-Records header.

To simplify installation you can use the spotify-puppetexplorer Puppet module.


It is using the V4 PuppetDB API from PuppetDB 2.1. Version 1.0.0 works with PuppetDB 2.0, but the current version only works with PuppetDB 2.1.

Development and local testing

Install all required dependencies using npm install, then you can build the application using grunt. The results will be located in the dist directory.

Use grunt serve to start a local web server pointing to a local PuppetDB instance.

Optionally you can use the --puppetdb=url option to specify a URL to proxy PuppetDB connections to. Another way is to create a SSH tunnel to your PuppetDB server, ssh -L 8080:localhost:8080

With grunt watch it will rebuild any source files that changes and put the results in the dist directory.

To build a Debian package use grunt build_debian, this requires the devscripts and debhelper packages to be installed.

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