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Capistrano vs Chef: What are the differences?

What is Capistrano? A remote server automation and deployment tool written in Ruby. Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.

What is Chef? Build, destroy and rebuild servers on any public or private cloud. Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.

Capistrano and Chef belong to "Server Configuration and Automation" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Capistrano are:

  • Reliably deploy web application to any number of machines simultaneously, in sequence or as a rolling set
  • Automate audits of any number of machines (checking login logs, enumerating uptimes, and/or applying security patches)
  • Script arbitrary workflows over SSH

On the other hand, Chef provides the following key features:

  • Access to 800+ Reusable Cookbooks
  • Integration with Leading Cloud Providers
  • Enterprise Platform Support including Windows and Solaris

"Automated deployment with several custom recipes" is the primary reason why developers consider Capistrano over the competitors, whereas "Dynamic and idempotent server configuration" was stated as the key factor in picking Chef.

Capistrano and Chef are both open source tools. It seems that Capistrano with 11.1K GitHub stars and 1.71K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Chef with 5.85K GitHub stars and 2.36K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Chef has a broader approval, being mentioned in 360 company stacks & 80 developers stacks; compared to Capistrano, which is listed in 293 company stacks and 81 developer stacks.

What is Capistrano?

Capistrano is a remote server automation tool. It supports the scripting and execution of arbitrary tasks, and includes a set of sane-default deployment workflows.

What is Chef?

Chef enables you to manage and scale cloud infrastructure with no downtime or interruptions. Freely move applications and configurations from one cloud to another. Chef is integrated with all major cloud providers including Amazon EC2, VMWare, IBM Smartcloud, Rackspace, OpenStack, Windows Azure, HP Cloud, Google Compute Engine, Joyent Cloud and others.

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      What are some alternatives to Capistrano and Chef?
      Fabric
      Fabric is a Python (2.5-2.7) library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks. It provides a basic suite of operations for executing local or remote shell commands (normally or via sudo) and uploading/downloading files, as well as auxiliary functionality such as prompting the running user for input, or aborting execution.
      Shipit
      Shipit is an automation engine and a deployment tool written for node / iojs. Shipit was built to be a Capistrano alternative for people who don't know ruby, or who experienced some issues with it. If you want to write tasks in JavaScript and enjoy the node ecosystem, Shipit is also for you.
      Docker
      The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
      Ansible
      Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates. Ansible’s goals are foremost those of simplicity and maximum ease of use.
      Jenkins
      In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
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      Avatar of Goyoboard
      Goyoboard uses ChefChef

      Out custom recipes makes it simple for developers bootstrap process (using vagrant) and that same recipe is also the one that is used to prep instances

      Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
      Cyrus Stoller uses CapistranoCapistrano

      For deploying to a VPS like DigitalOcean. This pairs nicely with https://github.com/cyrusstoller/gardenbed.

      Avatar of GeniusLink
      GeniusLink uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Deployment automation all of the websites and apps are deployed to linux via capistrano.

      Avatar of Zinc
      Zinc uses ChefChef

      We use Chef for our configuration management and our service discovery.

      Avatar of EverTrue
      EverTrue uses ChefChef

      Configuration management for any services not provided by AWS.

      Avatar of Hund
      Hund uses ChefChef

      Distributed application deployments and server configuration.

      Avatar of Nick De Cooman
      Nick De Cooman uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Before Docker, I used Capistrano to deploy all web projects.

      Avatar of douglasresende
      douglasresende uses CapistranoCapistrano

      I use do make deploy my applications into many servers.

      Avatar of Cyril Duchon-Doris
      Cyril Duchon-Doris uses CapistranoCapistrano

      Deployment to remote AWS auto-scaled infrastructure.

      Avatar of James Salas
      James Salas uses ChefChef

      Configuration and deployment of application

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