Installing WordPress Using Computenext Knife Plugin (Chef-Solo)

 In Technical


  • Install Ruby and its dependencies
    sudo apt-get install ruby ruby-dev libopenssl-ruby rdoc ri irb build-essential wget ssl-cert curl
  • Install chef-gem
    sudo gem install chef –no-ri –no-rdoc
  • Install knife-chefsolo gem(tested with Ubuntu-12.04)


  1. Create a VM using knife-computenext plugin
    To know how to launch a VM using knife-computenext plugin, click here.
  2. Bootstrap it by providing the details
    $ knife chefsolo bootstrap IP_ADDRESS –x username –P password –N “New node name” –sudo
  3. After logging into the VM, create a json file with run list in the following format

    {“run_list” : “recipe[wordpress]”}
  4. Execute chef-solo
    If you have already uploaded the wordpress cookbook along with its dependency cookbooks to cookbook path, you can simply give,
    sudo chef-solo –j /path/to/json_file


    You can mention the recipe URL (need dependency cookbooks to be present in cookbook path).
    sudo chef-solo –j /path/to/json_file -r

    After successful completion of bootstrapping, you can navigate to http://ipaddress/wp-admin/install.php‘ to complete wordpress installation.

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