Server Installation

Install using the install script

As with upstream packages, you can use the install script method described in upstream documentation. Simply substitute the URL with

For example, to install the latest 14.x of cinc-server on a supported platform:

curl -L | sudo bash -s -- -P cinc-server -v 14

Install from plain packages

Packages are on our download site. We have packages available for all default package managers for platforms we support.


Cinc Server gets it configuration from /etc/cinc-project/cinc-server.rb.

Users migrating from Chef will probably want to retain most of their configuration. All Cinc configurations are compatible with their Chef counterparts so you can simply use a symlink or copy the contents as-is.

To setup the server, run:

cinc-server-ctl reconfigure


cinc-server-ctl and associated tools are fully compatible with chef-server-ctl. We even include a wrapper for chef-client to redirect it to cinc-client when called. This should facilitate compatibility with your own automation.

All upstream documentation remains valid, and so are the classes provided by Chef Software Inc.

You’re Good to Go :)

If you have questions, join us in the #community-distros channel on Chef’s community slack.

If you’ve located a Chef Software trademark in a end-user facing output or bugs that are specific to Cinc or 3rd party distributions in general please open an issue on gitlab.