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csv resource

Use the csv Chef InSpec audit resource to test configuration data in a CSV file.



This resource is distributed with Chef InSpec and is automatically available for use.


This resource first became available in v1.0.0 of InSpec.


A csv resource block declares the configuration data to be tested:

describe csv('file', true) do
  its('name') { should cmp 'foo' }

Test csv file without headers

describe csv('file', false).params do
  its([0]) { should cmp 'name' }


  • 'file' is the path to a CSV file
  • true or false tests a CSV file with or without headers. Default value: true.
  • name is a configuration setting in a CSV file
  • should eq 'foo' tests a value of name as read from a CSV file versus the value declared in the test
  • params is the method for fetching data from a CSV file without headers.
  • [0] is the array element position.


The following examples show how to use this Chef InSpec audit resource.

Test a CSV file without headers

describe csv('some_file.csv', false).params do
  its([0]) { should eq ["name"] }

Test a CSV file

describe csv('some_file.csv') do
  its('setting') { should eq 1 }

Property Examples


The name property tests the value of name as read from a CSV file compared to the value declared in the test.

its('name') { should cmp 'foo' }


For a full list of available matchers, see our Universal Matchers page.
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