Projects / Cobbler


Cobbler is a network installation and update server. It can be used to automatically set up PXE, install virtual guests, manage answer files, and reinstall existing Linux machines. Advanced features include importing distributions from DVDs and rsync mirrors, kickstart templating, integrated yum mirroring (integrated with the installer to make updates available at install time), creation of netboot ISOs, and built-in DHCP/DNS Management. Tools such as "cobbler triggers", a Python API, and an XMLRPC API allow integration with cobbler with the rest of your datacenter environment or other systems management applications. There is also a Web interface to simplify management of the install server. Cobbler supports RHEL 4+, Fedora, and derivative distributions, and is also able to install other popular distributions.

Operating Systems

Recent releases

  •  27 Mar 2009 21:41

    Release Notes: This update brings massive performance enhancements, so Cobbler can now easily handle managing data centers in the 10,000+ system range. In addition, this release adds a S390 mainframe PXE simulator, new email notification triggers, and the ability to keep the provisioning configuration under version control.

    •  07 Mar 2009 00:10

      No changes have been submitted for this release.

      •  18 Feb 2009 18:17

        Release Notes: Fixes to power management templates, removal of Python 2.6 deprecation warnings, template file fixes, and various other items.

        •  09 Jan 2009 21:49

          Release Notes: This release has numerous fixes (including syntax fixes to the default installation templates with regard to automated networking setup), and also adds batch editing capability to the systems page of the cobbler Web application.

          •  19 Dec 2008 21:15

            Release Notes: Numerous install server upgrades. Includes integrated power management options, improved cross-distribution support, PPC and s390 capabilities, physical and virtual image support, and numerous other features.

            Recent comments

            03 May 2011 12:51 lprikockis

            I'm curious-- is this project still being actively developed? or if not, are there other open source projects out there that fill roughly the same niche? thanks

            27 Nov 2009 19:44 brownwrap

            I would like to setup the web interface to cobbler. All of the directories under http://localhost/cobbler are empty. I don't see the cobbler web interface page and I didn't find any cobbler.conf.rpmnew. Is there something missing from the web interface setup?


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