Ansible is one of the most popular and well supported automation frameworks to date. It allows you to manage your servers and applications configuration with sets of tasks, arranged in so called playbooks, by simply defining the desired end state. Ansible playbooks are basically YAML files in which the user defines those tasks, the states and commands to be executed. An Ansible playbook is typically executed on multiple targets, from a single point by using just an SSH connection.
To start using Ansible you’ll need to install only on a single server that you’ll be using for the execution of playbooks. In this article we’ll go through the steps to install the latest version of Ansible on an Ubuntu server.
To install the latest version you will need to add an custom PPA repository.
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install software-properties-common sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ansible/ansible
Then you can simply run the apt update:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ansible
Once the installation is complete, you can start using the set of Ansible application:
ansible ansible-connection ansible-doc ansible-inventory ansible-pull ansible-vault ansible-config ansible-console ansible-galaxy ansible-playbook ansible-test