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Version information

  • 4.0.0 (latest)
  • 3.0.0
  • 2.7.0
  • 2.6.0
  • 2.5.0
  • 2.4.1
  • 2.4.0
  • 2.3.0
  • 2.2.3
  • 2.2.2
  • 2.2.1
  • 2.1.0
  • 2.0.1
  • 2.0.0
  • 1.0.0 (deleted)
released Nov 15th 2023
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet Enterprise 2023.7.x, 2023.6.x, 2023.5.x, 2023.4.x, 2023.3.x, 2023.2.x, 2023.1.x, 2023.0.x, 2021.7.x, 2021.6.x, 2021.5.x, 2021.4.x, 2021.3.x, 2021.2.x, 2021.1.x, 2021.0.x
  • Puppet >= 7.0.0 < 9.0.0
  • Debian, RedHat, CentOS, OracleLinux, Scientific, Solaris, SLES, SLED, Ubuntu

Start using this module

  • r10k or Code Manager
  • Bolt
  • Manual installation
  • Direct download

Add this module to your Puppetfile:

mod 'ghoneycutt-hosts', '4.0.0'
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Add this module to your Bolt project:

bolt module add ghoneycutt-hosts
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Manually install this module globally with Puppet module tool:

puppet module install ghoneycutt-hosts --version 4.0.0

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ghoneycutt/hosts — version 4.0.0 Nov 15th 2023


Table of Contents

  1. Module Description - What the module does and why it is useful
  2. Setup - The basics of getting started with hosts
  3. Usage - Configuration options and additional functionality
  4. Limitations - OS compatibility, etc.
  5. Development - Guide for contributing to the module


This is a very simple module to manage host entries in /etc/hosts. It works by applying a hash of host resources.

Documented with Puppet Strings at


What hosts affects

Generally just the /etc/hosts file though you may use the target attribute of the host resource to manage host entries in other files.

Setup requiremements

The ability to manage /etc/hosts was moved out of Puppet and into a core module at and this module relies upon it.

Beginning with hosts

Declare the hosts class.


The normal use case. If you are not adding the local system by default as shown below, this is a good option. Then you can just add hosts::hosts entries throughout Hiera.

include hosts

Sample profile which implements functionality from previous versions.

# Lookup everything in Hiera using the key 'host_entries' and add the
# local system with its FQDN and IP address.
$hosts = lookup('host_entries', undef, deep, {}) + {
  $facts['networking']['hostname'] => {
    ensure       => present,
    host_aliases => [$facts['networking']['fqdn']],
    ip           => $facts['networking']['ip'],

class { 'hosts':
  hosts => $hosts,


This module officially supports the platforms listed in the metadata.json. It does not fail on unsupported platforms and has been known to work on many, many platforms since its creation in 2010.




See LICENSE file.