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

Support

We offer two levels of support for platforms (operating systems), Commercial Support and Community Support.

Commercial Support

Commercial support for platforms is part of paid maintenance contracts with Chef Software Inc. Support contracts allow you to open tickets and receive service level agreement (SLA) assistance from our support desk. Commercially supported platforms are extensively tested as part of Chef’s development and release process. Commercial support generally follows the lifecycle of the underlying operating system vendor.

Commercial support is limited to the platforms listed in the “Commercial Support” tables–platforms not listed in these tables are unsupported.

Community Support

Community support for platforms means that members of the Chef community have contributed to these platforms and Chef does not actively work to maintain this functionality. Chef does not explicitly test community supported platforms as part of the development and release process.

Many of these platforms are forks, clones, or otherwise derivative of platforms that Chef commercially supports. Continued functionality for these platforms is likely, but not guaranteed. Unsupported platforms may have missing or non-operative functionality. As always, we welcome community contributions from anyone looking to expand community support for platforms in Chef products.

Platforms

The sections below list the platforms that Chef Software Inc. supports.

Chef Infra Client

Commercial Support

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

Platform Architecture Version
AIX powerpc 7.1 (TL5 SP2 or higher, recommended), 7.2
Amazon Linux x86_64, aarch64 2.x
CentOS x86_64, ppc64le (7.x only), ppc64 (7.x only), aarch64 (7.x / 8.x only) 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Debian x86_64aarch64 (10.x only) 9, 10
FreeBSD amd64 11.x, 12.x
macOS x86_64, aarch64 (M1 processors) 10.14, 10.15, 11.x, 11.x (M1 only)
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64aarch64 (7.x / 8.x only) 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64, ppc64le (7.x only), ppc64 (7.x only), aarch64 (7.x / 8.x only) 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Solaris sparc, i86pc 11.4
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64, aarch64 (15.x only) 12, 15
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64,aarch64 18.04, 20.04
Microsoft Windows x86, x64 8.1, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10 (all channels except "insider" builds), 2019 (Long-term servicing channel (LTSC), both Desktop Experience and Server Core)

Community Support

The following platforms are supported only via the community:

Platform Architecture Version
Alma Linux x86_64 8.x
Alibaba Cloud Linux x86_64 2.x
Arch Linux x86_64 current version
Arista EOS x86_64 current non-EOL releases
CentOS Stream x86_64, aarch64 current non-EOL releases
Clear Linux x86_64 current non-EOL releases
Cumulus Linux x86_64 current non-EOL releases
Fedora x86_64, aarch64 current non-EOL releases
Gentoo x86_64 current version
Kali Linux x86_64 current non-EOL releases
Linux Mint x86_64 current non-EOL releases
OmniOS Community Edition x86_64 current non-EOL releases
OpenIndiana Hipster x86_64 current non-EOL releases
openSUSE x86_64, aarch64 15.x
Pop!_OS x86_64 current non-EOL releases
Raspberry Pi OS aarch64 current non-EOL releases
SmartOS x86_64 current non-EOL releases
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop x86_64, aarch64 (15.x only) 12.x, 15.x
Ubuntu x86_64, aarch64 Current non-LTS releases
Virtuozzo x86_64 Current non-LTS releases
Windows x64 Windows Server, Semi-annual channel (SAC) (Server Core only)
XCP-ng x86_64 8.x

Chef Workstation

Commercial Support

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

Platform Architecture Version
Amazon Linux x86_64 2.x
macOS x86_64 10.14, 10.15, 11.x
Debian x86_64 9.x, 10.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Ubuntu x86_64,aarch64 (18.04/20.04 only) 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
Microsoft Windows x64 8.1, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10 (all channels except "insider" builds), 2019 (Long-term servicing channel (LTSC), Desktop Experience only)

Chef InSpec

Commercial Support

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

Platform Architecture Version
Amazon Linux x86_64, aarch64 2.x
Debian x86_64aarch64 (10.x only) 9.x, 10.x
macOS x86_64, aarch64 (M1 processors) 10.14, 10.15, 11.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64aarch64 (7.x / 8.x only) 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64, aarch64 (7.x and 8.x only) 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64, aarch64 (15.x only) 12.x, 15.x
Ubuntu x86_64 16.04, 18.04, 20.04
Microsoft Windows x86_64 8.1, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016, 10 (all channels except "insider" builds), 2019

Chef InSpec Target Mode (inspec --target) may be functional on additional platforms, versions, and architectures but are not validated by Chef Software, Inc.

Chef Infra Server

Commercial Support

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

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 7.x, 8.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 7.x, 8.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 7.x, 8.x
SUSE Enterprise Linux Server x86_64 12.x, 15.x
Ubuntu x86_64 16.04, 18.04, 20.04

Chef Automate Server

Commercial Support

Commercial support for the Chef Automate 2 Server is available for platforms that use:

  • a Linux kernel version of 3.2 or greater
  • systemd as the init system
  • useradd
  • curl or wget

Chef Backend

Commercial Support

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

Platform Architecture Version
CentOS x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server x86_64 12.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 16.04, 18.04

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, 8.x
Oracle Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Red Hat Enterprise Linux x86_64 6.x, 7.x, 8.x
Ubuntu (LTS releases) x86_64 16.04, 18.04

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
Amazon Linux End of Life
Apple macOS Apple generally supports the last three macOS releases, for example: 10.14, 10.15, and 11.x. Apple does not officially publish EOL dates.
Debian End of maintenance updates
Enterprise Linux (covers Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS) End of Production 3
FreeBSD End of Life
IBM AIX IBM End of Support Date
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
Amazon Linux 201X Dec 31st, 2020 Dec 31st, 2020
Apple macOS 10.13 Nov 13th, 2020 Nov 13th, 2020
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 October 31, 2018 October 31, 2018
FreeBSD 11-STABLE September 30, 2021 September 30, 2021
IBM AIX 6.1 April 30, 2017 December 31, 2017
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (SP2)/R2 (SP1) January 13, 2015 January 14, 2020
Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 October 10, 2023 October 10, 2023
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 November 11, 2027 November 11, 2027
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 October 10, 2028 October 10, 2028
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
Oracle Solaris 11.3 January 30, 2021 January 30, 2021
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 March 31, 2019 March 31, 2019
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 October 31, 2024 October 31, 2024
Ubuntu Linux 12.04 LTS April 30, 2017 April 30, 2017
Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS April 30, 2019 April 30, 2019
Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS April 30, 2021 April 30, 2021

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