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Capistrano vs Puppet Labs: What are the differences?

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; Puppet Labs: Server automation framework and application. Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

Capistrano and Puppet Labs can be primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.

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, Puppet Labs provides the following key features:

  • Insight- Puppet Enterprise's event inspector gives immediate and actionable insight into your environment, showing you what changed, where and how by classes, nodes and resources.
  • Discovery- Puppet Enterprise delivers a dynamic and fully-pluggable discovery service that allows you to take advantage of any data source or real-time query results to quickly locate, identify and group cloud nodes.
  • Provisioning- Automatically provision and configure bare metal, virtual, and private or public cloud capacity, all from a single pane. Save time getting your cloud projects off the ground by reusing the same configuration modules you set up for your physical deployments.

"Automated deployment with several custom recipes" is the top reason why over 122 developers like Capistrano, while over 45 developers mention "Devops" as the leading cause for choosing Puppet Labs.

Capistrano and Puppet Labs are both open source tools. It seems that Capistrano with 11.1K GitHub stars and 1.71K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Puppet Labs with 5.37K GitHub stars and 2.1K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Capistrano has a broader approval, being mentioned in 293 company stacks & 81 developers stacks; compared to Puppet Labs, which is listed in 180 company stacks and 49 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 Puppet Labs?

Puppet is an automated administrative engine for your Linux, Unix, and Windows systems and performs administrative tasks (such as adding users, installing packages, and updating server configurations) based on a centralized specification.

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    What are some alternatives to Capistrano and Puppet Labs?
    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.
    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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    How developers use Capistrano and Puppet Labs
    Avatar of Cyrus Stoller
    Cyrus Stoller uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

    I'm using puppet to configure my servers. This makes it really simple to ensure that I have the same environment. There is a bit of a learning curve, but the repeatability definitely makes it worth the effort. I found puppet to be a little easier to pick up relative to chef, but I've used both. They're both great solutions.

    I really like that there are a lot of modules available on the puppet forge that are being actively maintained.

    Avatar of Trusted Shops GmbH
    Trusted Shops GmbH uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

    We provision all servers with puppet. We have one central Puppet server which uses puppet modules referenced by a Puppetfile. Those puppet modules are partly from forge and partly self written.

    All modules which are self written, have to be tested using rspec-puppet and beaker.

    Avatar of Opstax Ltd
    Opstax Ltd uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

    Opstax uses puppet for role/profile based configuration management and the distribution of small/static code.

    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 Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

    Configures or servers and allows us to be region independent we have 5 regions across the globe.

    Avatar of GeniusLink
    GeniusLink uses CapistranoCapistrano

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

    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 Michael Wieland
    Michael Wieland uses Puppet LabsPuppet Labs

    The server is set up using Puppet

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