Install desired packages.

body common control
bundlesequence => { "install_packages" };
inputs => { "libraries/" };

bundle agent install_packages

        slist => {        # list of packages we want


    "$(desired_packages)"  # operate on listed packages

         package_policy => "add",     # What to do with packages: install them.
         package_method => generic;   # Infer package manager (e.g. apt, yum) from the OS.

Caution: package management is a dirty business. If things don't go smoothly using the generic method, you may have to use a method specific to your package manager and get to your elbows in the details. But try generic first. You may get lucky.

Mind package names can differ OS to OS. For example, Apache httpd is "httpd" on Red Hat, and "apache2" on Debian.

Version comparison can be tricky when involving multipart version identifiers with numbers and letters.

CFEngine downloads the necessary packages from the default repositories if they are not present on the local machine, then installs them if they are not already installed.

Example run:

dpkg -r lynx ntp # remove packages so CFEngine has something to repair
(Reading database ... 234887 files and directories currently installed.)
Removing lynx ...
Removing ntp ...
 * Stopping NTP server ntpd                                                                                                                     [ OK ]
Processing triggers for ureadahead ...
Processing triggers for man-db ...
cf-agent -f # install packages
dpkg -l lynx ntp # show installed packages
| Status=Not/Inst/Conf-files/Unpacked/halF-conf/Half-inst/trig-aWait/Trig-pend
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name                            Version              Architecture         Description
ii  lynx                            2.8.8dev.12-2ubuntu0 all                  Text-mode WWW Browser (transitional package)
ii  ntp                             1:4.2.6.p3+dfsg-1ubu amd64                Network Time Protocol daemon and utility programs

There are examples in /var/cfengine/share/doc/examples/ of installing packages using specific package managers: - Red Hat ( - Debian ( - MSI for Windows ( - Solaris ( - SuSE Linux (