Platforms and Supported Versions

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Chef software is supported on the various operating systems (platforms) listed below. To see which versions of our software we currently support, see the Supported Versions section.

Platforms

The sections below list the platforms that Chef Software Inc. supports. Support is divided into two levels:

  • Commercial Support consists of the platforms that are supported as part of a paid commercial support contract with Chef Software Inc.
  • Community Support is made up of platforms for which support is only available through the Chef community

Any platforms or versions not explicitly listed here are unsupported, both commercially and by the community.

Commercial support generally follows Chef community support policies, which track the lifecycle policies of the underlying operating system vendor.

In all cases (beyond community support), a maintenance contract with Chef Software Inc. is required in order to open support tickets and get SLA-based assistance from our support desk.

Chef Client

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms and versions for Chef Client:

Platform Architecture Version
AIX ppc64 7.1 (TL0 SP3 or higher, recommended), 7.2
Amazon Linux   current version
CentOS x86_64 6, 7
FreeBSD amd64 10, 11
macOS x86_64 10.11, 10.12, 10.13
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64, s390x, ppc64le (7.x only), ppc64 (7.x only) 6.x, 7.x
Solaris sparc, x86 11.2, 11.3
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64, s390x, ppc64le, ppc64 11 SP4, 12 SP1
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86, x86_64, ppc64le (14.04 only) 14.04, 16.04, 18.04
Microsoft Windows x86, x86_64 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10

Community Support

The following platforms are supported only via the community:

Platform Architecture Version
Arch Linux   current version
Debian i686, x86_64 8, 9
Fedora   current non-EOL releases
Gentoo   current version
OmniOS   stable and LTS releases
openSUSE   42
Scientific Linux x86-64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu x86, x86_64 Current non-LTS releases

Chef DK

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms and versions for the Chef Development Kit (Chef DK):

Platform Architecture Version
macOS   10.11, 10.12, 10.13
Red Hat Enterprise Linux   6.x, 7.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server   11 SP4, 12 SP1+
Ubuntu   14.04, 16.04, 18.04
Microsoft Windows   2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10

Community Support

The following platforms are supported only via the community:

Platform Architecture Version
Debian   8.x, 9.x
Scientific Linux x86-64 6.x, 7.x

Chef Server

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms and versions for the Chef Server:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64, ppc64le (7.x only), ppc64 (7.x only) 6.x, 7.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64 11 SP4, 12 SP1
Ubuntu x86_64, ppc64le (14.04 only) 14.04, 16.04

Chef Automate Server

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms and versions for Chef Automate Server. Do not mix platforms or platform versions within the Chef Automate cluster.

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6, 7
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 6, 7
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6, 7
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64 11 SP4, 12 SP2
Ubuntu x86_64 14.04, 16.04

Chef Automate Job Runners

Commercial Support

Chef Automate Job Runners are supported on the Commercial Support platforms for Chef Automate Server listed above as well as on the following platforms:

Platform Architecture Version
macOS x86_64 10.12

Chef Push Jobs Client

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms for the Chef push jobs client:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
macOS x86_64 10.11, 10.12, 10.13
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86, x86_64 14.04, 16.04
Microsoft Windows x86, x86_64 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10

Chef Push Jobs Server

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms for the Chef push jobs server:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 14.04, 16.04

Chef Backend

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms for Chef Backend, the high-availability solution for Chef Server:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 14.04, 16.04

Chef Compliance Server

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms for Chef Compliance Server:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 14.04, 16.04

Chef Manage

Commercial Support

The following table lists the commercially-supported platforms for Chef Manage:

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 14.04, 16.04

Platform End-of-Life Policy

Chef’s products on particular platforms and versions generally reach end-of-life on the same date as the vendor EOL milestone for that operating systems. Because different vendors use different terminology, the following table clarifies when Chef products are end-of-life according to those vendors’ terms:

Platform Vendor End-of-Life
AIX IBM End of Support Date
Debian End of maintenance updates
Enterprise Linux (covers RedHat Enterprise Linux, CentOS) End of Production 3
FreeBSD End of Life
Microsoft Windows End of Extended Support
Oracle Enterprise Linux Premier Support Ends
Oracle Solaris Premier Support Ends
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server General Support Ends
Ubuntu Linux End of maintenance updates

At Chef’s option, additional support may be provided to customers beyond the vendor end-of-life in the above table. As such, the following table indicates upcoming product end-of-life dates for particular platforms. On the Chef end-of-life date, Chef discontinues building software for that platform and version.

Platform and Version Vendor End-of-Life Date Chef End-of-Life Date
AIX 6.1 April 30, 2017 December 31, 2017
Debian 7 (Wheezy) May 31st, 2018 May 31st, 2018
Debian 8 (Jessie) June 6th, 2020 June 6th, 2020
Enterprise Linux 5 (covers Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS) April 30, 2017 December 31, 2017
Enterprise Linux 6 (covers Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS) November 30, 2020 November 30, 2020
FreeBSD 10-STABLE April 30, 2018 April 30, 2018
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (RTM) Service Pack 2 January 13, 2015 January 13, 2015
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 | January 13, 2015 | January 31, 2020
Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 | October 9, 2018 | October 10, 2023
Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 June 30, 2017 December 31, 2017
Oracle Enterprise Linux 6 March 31, 2021 March 31, 2021
Oracle Solaris 10 January 30, 2018 January 30, 2018
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 March 31, 2019 March 31, 2019
Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS April 30, 2017 April 30, 2017
Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS April 30, 2019 April 30, 2019

Supported Versions

This section lists the versions of the OSS and commercial Chef products we currently support as well as the support level (expressed as a lifecycle status) for each product. The lifecycle status defines the involvement by Chef Software in updating and maintaining each product in the list below.

Lifecycle Definitions

Generally Available (GA)

This stage indicates that an application or version is in active development or is considered feature complete.

  • Chef continues to provide releases to the application or version in response to customer needs and security vulnerabilities
  • Chef welcomes customer feature requests for the product roadmap for the application

Deprecated

This stage indicates that an application or version is no longer in active development and will eventually move to end of life status. Chef continues to provide support according to our SLAs.

  • Chef no longer provides scheduled releases
  • Customers should use the GA alternative to these products; contact us for help with product selection and deployment
  • Chef may provide a release for a critical defect or security vulnerability

End of Life (EOL)

This stage indicates that Chef has set a date after which the application or version will no longer be supported or recommended for use by customers.

  • As of the end of life date, the application will no longer be supported by Chef and will no longer be available for download
  • Documentation for the application will be moved to https://docs-archive.chef.io

Versions and Status

Important

Unless otherwise stated, versions older than those listed below are EOL.

Premium Supported Open Source

Product Version Lifecycle Status EOL Date
Chef Client 12.x EOL April 30, 2018
Chef Client 13.x Deprecated n/a
Chef DK 1.x EOL April 30, 2018
Chef DK 2.x GA n/a
Chef Server 12.x GA n/a
Chef Provisioning 1.6.0 or later GA n/a
InSpec Latest GA n/a
Habitat Supervisor Latest GA n/a
Push Jobs Client
Push Jobs Server
2.1.0 or later GA n/a
Supermarket 2.2.1 or later GA n/a

Commercial

Product Version Lifecycle Status EOL Date
Chef Automate 0.8.5 or later GA n/a
Chef Backend Latest GA n/a
Chef Compliance 0.9.0 or later GA n/a
Chef Manage 2.1.0 or later GA n/a
Enterprise Chef 11.2.2 or later EOL December 31, 2018
Reporting 1.5.5 or later EOL December 31, 2018
Analytics 1.5.0 or later EOL December 31, 2018