Foreman (software)

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Original author(s)Paul Kelly and Ohad Levy
Initial release10 September 2009
(10 years ago)
Repository Edit this at Wikidata
Written inRuby and JavaScript
PlatformCross-platform: Unix, Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X
Available inEnglish, French, German, Spanish
TypeSystems management

Foreman (also known as The Foreman) is an open source complete life cycle systems management tool for provisioning, configuring and monitoring of physical and virtual servers. Foreman has deep integration to configuration management software, with Ansible, Puppet, Chef, Salt and other solutions through plugins, which allows users to automate repetitive tasks, deploy applications, and manage change to deployed servers.

Foreman provides provisioning on bare-metal (through managed DHCP, DNS, TFTP, and PXE-based unattended installations), virtualization and cloud. Foreman provides comprehensive, auditable interaction facilities including a web frontend, a command line interface, and a robust REST API.


Initial development on Foreman started on July 2009 under a different project name. The initial release 0.1 was committed in September 2009[1] by Ohad Levy.


Foreman is targeted on Linux operating systems, but users reported successful installations on Microsoft Windows, BSD, and macOS.

The core Foreman team maintains repositories for various Linux distributions: Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (and derivatives such as CentOS), Debian, and Ubuntu.


Foreman comes with freely available plugins to increase functionality. All plugins are available on Github.

Release history[edit]

Date Version Changes and additions
October 14, 2013 1.3.0[2] Improvements were made in the installation process, API, scalability, existing hosts mapping to compute resources, and more. A new official CLI.
January 30, 2014 1.4.0[3] New compute profiles feature, improved plugin registration and web UI extensibility, Kerberos authentication support and new smart proxy features.
May 9, 2014 1.5.0[4] Config groups feature for Puppet management, integration with FreeIPA, improved authorization system and image provisioning on oVirt, libvirt and VMware ESX.
September 11, 2014 1.6.0[5] Plugin support for Foreman's Smart Proxy, new API version, support for LDAP or Kerberos groups.
December 2, 2014 1.7.0[6] New features for Foreman's smart class matchers supplying data to Puppet, more advanced networking support and a build health checker.
April 28, 2015 1.8.0[7] Networking user interface and improved provisioning support, new installer features and performance enhancements.
August 18, 2015 1.9.0[8] User interface enhancements, improved logging, image provisioning and e-mail notifications.
December 23, 2015 1.10.0[9] Various host management user interface enhancements, DNS plugin support in Foreman's Smart Proxy.
April 1, 2016 1.11.0[10] Parameter management improvements, new Smart Proxy user interfaces, DHCP plugin support in the Smart Proxy.
July 8, 2016 1.12.0 Puppet 4 support, New OS support (Ubuntu Xenial, Fedora 24)
October 5, 2016 1.13.0 IPv6 addressing and partial orchestration support, Support for different PXE boot loaders for UEFI booting, ISC DHCP performance improvement, Compute resource enhancements, Facter structured facts support
January 16, 2017 1.14.0 Automatic IPv6 addressing for hosts in compute resources, support for exporting templates and see help on how to create them, LDAP enhancements to support putting users in organizations/locations
May 12, 2017 1.15.0 Default owner for new hosts, notifications drawer, templates and roles locking, import hosts that are in compute resources, SSH keys deployed differently depending on who creates the host. Many VMWare related fixes including performance and host editing.
November 30, 2017 1.16.0 Netgroup LDAP authentication, Puppet 5 support, VMWare SCSI controllers with per-disk configuration, Plugin Role Locking
April 17, 2018 1.17.0 HTTP proxy for outgoing requests, Vertical navigation, Host interfaces auditing, Warning for unsupported PXE loader combinations
July 19, 2018 1.18.0 Template importing, RancherOS provisioning support, MTU support for subnets, breadcrumb navigation
August 31, 2018 1.19.0 Ubuntu Bionic support, Support for logging to journald or syslog, Full cloud-init support for oVirt
November 18, 2018 1.20.0 Report templates, Template rendering engine rewrite, FIPS compliance, UI improvements
March 1, 2019 1.21.0 New Diff viewer, Huawei VRP support, Performance and stabilization
June 5, 2019 1.22.0 Array, Boolean and other types support in Parameters, Compute resource libraries update, Graphql API, Smart Proxy Exposed Capabilities and Settings

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Initial tag in git".
  2. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 2013-10-14.
  3. ^ [2]. Retrieved on 2014-01-30.
  4. ^ [3]. Retrieved on 2014-01-30.
  5. ^ [4]. Retrieved on 2014-09-11.
  6. ^ [5]. Retrieved on 2014-12-02.
  7. ^ [6]. Retrieved on 2015-04-28.
  8. ^ [7]. Retrieved on 2015-08-18.
  9. ^ [8]. Retrieved on 2015-12-23.
  10. ^ [9]. Retrieved on 2016-04-01.

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