Workstation Install

Workstation builds are currently alpha

The Cinc Workstation builds have not yet completed EULA review with the Chef Software Trademark Policy and may contain crippling bugs. You can however already find unstable builds of Cinc Workstation so our users can help us locate any issues with it.

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 0.17.x of Cinc Workstation on a supported UNIX/Linux/MacOS platform:

curl -L | sudo bash -s -- -P cinc-workstation -v 0.17 -c unstable

For Windows:

. { iwr -useb } | iex; install -project cinc-workstation -version 0.17 -channel unstable

Install from plain packages

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

Included tools

While Cinc Workstation contains all the same tools as Chef Workstation™, some of them had to be modified for compliance:

  • mixlib-install serves Cinc Products
  • Chef Infra™ –> Cinc Client
    • chef-zero –> cinc-zero
    • chef-solo –> cinc-zero
    • chef-apply –> cinc-apply
    • chef-shell –> cinc-shell
  • Chef Inspec™ –> Cinc Auditor

We’re still working on making trademark compliant versions of the following:

  • chef-analyze
  • chef/chef-cli
  • The Chef Workstation app


Cinc uses the ~/.cinc-workstation folder for it’s configuration on Unix-like systems and %USERPROFILE%\.cinc-workstation on Windows.

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.


Cinc Workstation’s tools are fully compatible with their Chef Workstation counterparts. Many are in fact not modified at all. We include wrappers for Chef Workstation binaries we’ve renamed to the Cinc binaries. This should facilitate compatibility with your existing 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.