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Chef vs Fabric: What are the differences?

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; Fabric: Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment. 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..

Chef and Fabric can be primarily classified as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.

"Dynamic and idempotent server configuration" is the top reason why over 104 developers like Chef, while over 19 developers mention "Python" as the leading cause for choosing Fabric.

Chef and Fabric are both open source tools. It seems that Fabric with 11.4K GitHub stars and 1.73K 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 Fabric, which is listed in 147 company stacks and 38 developer stacks.

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.

What is 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.

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      What are some alternatives to Chef and Fabric?
      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.
      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.
      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.
      Salt
      Salt is a new approach to infrastructure management. Easy enough to get running in minutes, scalable enough to manage tens of thousands of servers, and fast enough to communicate with them in seconds. Salt delivers a dynamic communication bus for infrastructures that can be used for orchestration, remote execution, configuration management and much more.
      EasyEngine
      It is a command-line tool for the Nginx web servers to manage WordPress sites that are running on the LEMP Stack (Linux, Nginx, MySQL/MariaDB, and PHP-FPM). It is created with python and can be installed on Ubuntu and Linux Debian distributions.
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      Pēteris Caune uses FabricFabric

      We use Fabric for automating deployment and maintenance tasks: bootstrapping and updating application servers (using the "rolling update" pattern), pulling logs from the servers, running manage.py maintenance commands.

      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 Alec Cunningham
      Alec Cunningham uses FabricFabric

      Automate everything! I have fabfiles for testing, bootstrapping, deployment, and building. Easy to customize and its pure python.

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      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 James Salas
      James Salas uses ChefChef

      Configuration and deployment of application

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      Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses FabricFabric

      App beta deployment and crash logging.

      Avatar of Veggie Sailor
      Veggie Sailor uses FabricFabric

      Almost everything ;) Deployment etc

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      InstaGIS uses FabricFabric

      Command line deploys

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