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Users can choose between operating systems of MacOS, Windows, and Linux for Chef InSpec.

Install Chef InSpec

You can download the latest Chef InSpec package relevant to your operating system at our Downloads Page.

Alternatively, Chef InSpec can be installed via installer, script, or package manager, according to your operating system and method as listed below.

macOS

Homebrew

Chef InSpec is available as a standalone Homebrew package. Run the following command in your terminal to install Chef InSpec:

brew install chef/chef/inspec

While this command is running, you may be prompted to enter your macOS user account password for installation to complete.

CLI

You can download Chef InSpec via curl script:

curl https://omnitruck.chef.io/install.sh | sudo bash -s -- -P inspec

Windows

Installer

Once you downloaded the latest Chef InSpec package relevant to your Microsoft version, double-click the .msi file to launch the installer and follow the prompts.

Powershell

Use the following command to install Chef InSpec via Powershell script:

. { iwr -useb https://omnitruck.chef.io/install.ps1 } | iex; install -project inspec

Once Chef InSpec is installed, run inspec version to verify that the installation was successful.

Linux

CLI

The following curl script will install Chef InSpec for Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux:

curl https://omnitruck.chef.io/install.sh | sudo bash -s -- -P inspec

If you prefer, you can use a package manager to install Chef InSpec. Once you downloaded the latest Chef InSpec package relevant to your Linux-based platform, use the command for the respective package manager listed below. Replace the example file path with the file path leading to your downloaded package.

For Ubuntu, use the following command to install Chef InSpec:

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/inspec.deb

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux, use the following command to install Chef InSpec:

sudo rpm -U /path-to/inspec.rpm

For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, use the following command to install Chef InSpec:

sudo zypper install /path-to/inspec.rpm

Uninstall Chef InSpec

Chef InSpec can be uninstalled using the steps below that are appropriate for the method of Chef InSpec installation.

macOS

Homebrew

Use the following destructive command to remove the Chef InSpec standalone Homebrew package:

brew cask uninstall inspec

CLI

Use the following destructive command in your terminal to remove the Chef InSpec package:

sudo rm -rf /opt/inspec

Windows

Installer

Use Add / Remove Programs to remove Chef InSpec.

Linux

CLI

The supported Linux-based platforms and their respective destructive command for their package manager are listed below.

For Ubuntu, use the following destructive command to uninstall:

sudo dpkg -P inspec

For Red Hat Enterprise Linux, use the following destructive command to uninstall:

sudo rpm -e inspec

For SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, use the following destructive command to uninstall Chef InSpec:

sudo zypper remove inspec

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