Useful PQL Queries Edit

Published on Jul 1, 2022. Last updated on


PQL is the Puppet Query Language. You can use it to query the PuppetDB for information.


The syntax isn’t alway very intuitive. That’s why this page exists. It serves as a central place where the community can find and submit PQL queries!


All queries here are documented in the string-based query style, not the AST style. You need the Puppet Client tools (for Open Source or PE) to get the puppet query face. To install the client tools on Open Source, you can do:

puppet resource package puppetdb_cli ensure=present provider=puppet_gem

And Afterwards run the query with /opt/puppetlabs/puppet/bin/puppet-query $query. For PE installations you can use puppet query.

On the PuppetServer side, installing the puppetdb-termini package allow to use the puppetdb_query() function in a manifest to generate portions of catalog based on result of queries, e.g. find all Virtual-Hosts on all machines and add the relevant configuration to a monitoring system.


You can submit your own Queries by editing on GitHub or by pressing the edit button in the upper right corner.

Query Collection

List all certificate names from all known nodes

puppet query 'nodes[certname] {}'


    "certname": ""
    "certname": ""

Get all nodes that have a specific class in their catalog

puppet query 'nodes[certname] {resources {type = "Class" and title = "CapitalizedClassname"}}'

Get all nodes that have a specific class in their catalog and start with bla-

puppet query 'nodes[certname] {certname ~ "^bla-" and resources {type = "Class" and title = "CapitalizedClassname"}}'

Get all nodes with changes and a specific resource

puppet query 'nodes[certname] {latest_report_status = "changed" and certname in inventory[certname]{resources { type = "Service" and title = "my_service"}}}'

Get all nodes where one specific resource changed

puppet query 'events[certname] {resource_type = "Service" and resource_title = "apache2" and latest_report? = true and corrective_change = true}'

Get a list of nodes with stale catalogs (date -R to see your time offset)

puppet query 'catalogs[certname,producer_timestamp] {  producer_timestamp < "2022-06-21T07:00:00.000-05:00" }'

Get a list of nodes with a catalog that has failed to compile but used a cached catalog during a specific time window

puppet query 'reports[certname,transaction_uuid,receive_time] { cached_catalog_status="on_failure" and start_time > "2021-10-27T15:36:00-05:00" and end_time < "2021-10-27T16:35:00-05:00"  }'

Get a list of nodes with a specific fact value

puppet query 'inventory[certname] { = "windows" }'

Get a list of nodes with two specific facts

query 'inventory[certname] { = "AlmaLinux" and facts.os.release.major = "8" }'
    "certname": "puppet.local"
puppet-query 'inventory[certname,facts.virtual]{ resources { type="Class" and title ~ "CapitalizedClassname" }}'

Get all resources from one type for one node

puppet query 'resources {type = "File" and certname = "puppet.local"}'

Get one param/attribute for one type of resource for one node

In this case, file is a resource property, it’s the absolute path to the pp file where the resource was declared

puppet query 'resources[file] {type = "File" and certname = "puppet.local"}'

Count all resources of one type

This checks all catalogs in the PuppetDB for this resource type and counts it

puppet query 'resources[count()] {type = "File" }'

Count all resources

puppet query 'resources[count()] { }'

Get a list of nodes for which a fact is not set

puppet query 'inventory[certname] { ! certname in inventory[certname] {  facts.myfactofinterest is not null } }'

Get a list of nodes with a specific structured fact value while using a wildcard in the fact structure

puppet query ' fact_contents { path ~> ["first_level",".*","third_level"] and value = "Y" } '

Endpoints and fields

The available endpoints is a function of which version of puppetdb you are going against. The current list is available at

If you don’t feel like looking up which fields are available for a given endpoint, use a bogus field name and the puppet query tool will return the valid list.

puppet-query 'resources[foo] {}'
2022/07/21 10:02:41 ERROR - [GET /pdb/query/v4][400] getQueryBadRequest  Can't extract unknown 'resources' field 'foo'. Acceptable fields are 'resource', 'certname', 'tags', 'exported', 'line', 'title', 'type', 'environment', 'file', and 'parameters'