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Serverspec vs Rex: What are the differences?

Developers describe Serverspec as "Tests for your servers configured by Puppet, Chef or anything else". With Serverspec, you can write RSpec tests for checking your servers are configured correctly Serverspec tests your servers’ actual state by executing command locally, via SSH, via WinRM, via Docker API and so on.. On the other hand, Rex is detailed as "the friendly automation framework". Rex is an automation framework that combines Perl and Secure Shell (SSH) for a portable and highly flexible approach to data center infrastructure management and software deployment.

Serverspec and Rex can be categorized as "Server Configuration and Automation" tools.

Serverspec and Rex are both open source tools. Serverspec with 2.35K GitHub stars and 375 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Rex with 620 GitHub stars and 204 GitHub forks.

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    What is Rex?

    Rex is an automation framework that combines Perl and Secure Shell (SSH) for a portable and highly flexible approach to data center infrastructure management and software deployment.

    What is Serverspec?

    With Serverspec, you can write RSpec tests for checking your servers are configured correctly. Serverspec tests your servers’ actual state by executing command locally, via SSH, via WinRM, via Docker API and so on.

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    What are some alternatives to Rex and Serverspec?
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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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