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Retrieve and store facts.


puppet facts action [--terminus _TERMINUS]


This subcommand manages facts, which are collections of normalized system information used by Puppet. It can read facts directly from the local system (with the default facter terminus).


Note that any setting that´s valid in the configuration file is also a valid long argument, although it may or may not be relevant to the present action. For example, server and run_mode are valid settings, so you can specify --server <servername>, or --run_mode <runmode> as an argument.

See the configuration file documentation at https://puppet.com/docs/puppet/latest/configuration.html for the full list of acceptable parameters. A commented list of all configuration options can also be generated by running puppet with --genconfig.

--render-as FORMAT

The format in which to render output. The most common formats are json, s (string), yaml, and console, but other options such as dot are sometimes available.


Whether to log verbosely.


Whether to log debug information.

--terminus _TERMINUS

Indirector faces expose indirected subsystems of Puppet. These subsystems are each able to retrieve and alter a specific type of data (with the familiar actions of find, search, save, and destroy) from an arbitrary number of pluggable backends. In Puppet parlance, these backends are called terminuses.

Almost all indirected subsystems have a rest terminus that interacts with the puppet master´s data. Most of them have additional terminuses for various local data models, which are in turn used by the indirected subsystem on the puppet master whenever it receives a remote request.

The terminus for an action is often determined by context, but occasionally needs to be set explicitly. See the "Notes" section of this face´s manpage for more details.


find - Retrieve a node´s facts.


puppet facts find [--terminus _TERMINUS] [node_certname]


Retrieve a node´s facts.


A hash containing some metadata and (under the "values" key) the set of facts for the requested node. When used from the Ruby API: A Puppet::Node::Facts object.

RENDERING ISSUES: Facts cannot currently be rendered as a string; use yaml or json.


When using the facter terminus, the host argument is ignored.

info - Print the default terminus class for this face.


puppet facts info [--terminus _TERMINUS]


Prints the default terminus class for this subcommand. Note that different run modes may have different default termini; when in doubt, specify the run mode with the ´--run_mode´ option.

save - API only: create or overwrite an object.


puppet facts save [--terminus _TERMINUS] key


API only: create or overwrite an object. As the Faces framework does not currently accept data from STDIN, save actions cannot currently be invoked from the command line.

show - Retrieve current node´s facts.


puppet facts [--terminus _TERMINUS] [--config-file path] [--custom-dir path] [--external-dir path] [--no-block] [--no-cache] [--show-legacy] [--value-only] [--timing] [facts]


Reads facts from the local system using facter terminus. A query can be provided to retrieve just a specific fact or a set of facts.

Options --config-file <path> - The location of the config file for Facter.

--custom-dir <path> - The path to a directory that contains custom facts.

--external-dir <path> - The path to a directory that contains external facts.

--no-block - Disable fact blocking mechanism.

--no-cache - Disable fact caching mechanism.

--show-legacy - Show legacy facts when querying all facts.

--timing - Show how much time it took to resolve each fact.

--value-only - Show only the value when the action is called with a single query


The output of facter with added puppet specific facts.


upload - Upload local facts to the puppet master.


puppet facts upload [--terminus _TERMINUS]


Reads facts from the local system using the facter terminus, then saves the returned facts using the rest terminus.




This action requires that the Puppet Server´s auth.conf file allow PUT or save access to the /puppet/v3/facts API endpoint.

For details on configuring Puppet Server´s auth.conf, see:




Get facts from the local system:

$ puppet facts find


retrieve facts:

$ puppet facts show os


Upload facts:

$ puppet facts upload


This subcommand is an indirector face, which exposes find, search, save, and destroy actions for an indirected subsystem of Puppet. Valid termini for this face include:


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