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Manual Reference Pages  -  PUPPET-CERT (8)


puppet-cert - Manage certificates and requests



Standalone certificate authority. Capable of generating certificates, but mostly used for signing certificate requests from puppet clients.


puppet cert action [-h|--help] [-V|--version] [-d|--debug] [-v|--verbose] [--digest digest] [host]


Because the puppet master service defaults to not signing client certificate requests, this script is available for signing outstanding requests. It can be used to list outstanding requests and then either sign them individually or sign all of them.


Every action except 'list' and 'generate' requires a hostname to act on, unless the '--all' option is set.
clean Revoke a host's certificate (if applicable) and remove all files related to that host from puppet cert's storage. This is useful when rebuilding hosts, since new certificate signing requests will only be honored if puppet cert does not have a copy of a signed certificate for that host. If '--all' is specified then all host certificates, both signed and unsigned, will be removed.
  Print the DIGEST (defaults to the signing algorithm) fingerprint of a host's certificate.
  Generate a certificate for a named client. A certificate/keypair will be generated for each client named on the command line.
list List outstanding certificate requests. If '--all' is specified, signed certificates are also listed, prefixed by '+', and revoked or invalid certificates are prefixed by '-' (the verification outcome is printed in parenthesis).
print Print the full-text version of a host's certificate.
revoke Revoke the certificate of a client. The certificate can be specified either by its serial number (given as a hexadecimal number prefixed by '0x') or by its hostname. The certificate is revoked by adding it to the Certificate Revocation List given by the 'cacrl' configuration option. Note that the puppet master needs to be restarted after revoking certificates.
sign Sign an outstanding certificate request.
verify Verify the named certificate against the local CA certificate.
  Build an inventory of the issued certificates. This will destroy the current inventory file specified by 'cert_inventory' and recreate it from the certificates found in the 'certdir'. Ensure the puppet master is stopped before running this action.


Note that any setting that's valid in the configuration file is also a valid long argument. For example, 'ssldir' is a valid setting, so you can specify '--ssldir directory' as an argument.

See the configuration file documentation at for the full list of acceptable parameters. A commented list of all configuration options can also be generated by running puppet cert with '--genconfig'.
--all Operate on all items. Currently only makes sense with the 'sign', 'list', and 'fingerprint' actions.
  Set the digest for fingerprinting (defaults to the digest used when signing the cert). Valid values depends on your openssl and openssl ruby extension version.
--debug Enable full debugging.
--help Print this help message
  Enable verbosity.
  Print the puppet version number and exit.


$ puppet cert list $ puppet cert sign


Luke Kanies


Copyright (c) 2011 Puppet Labs, LLC Licensed under the Apache 2.0 License
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