Ansible is an automation engine, similar to Chef or Puppet, that can be used to ensure deployment and configuration consistency across many servers, and keep servers and applications up-to-date. Though, unlike some other tools, Ansible does not require a client component/agent.
- These instructions are intended specifically for installing Ansible, an automation tool.
- I’ll be working from a sxi.io Web Core Managed CentOS 7 server, and I’ll be logged in as non-root user. If you need more information then visit our tutorial on How to Add a User and Grant Root Privileges on CentOS 7.
Ansible is part of Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL), which is a community repository of non-standard packages for the RHEL distribution. First, we’ll install the EPEL repository:
sudo rpm -iUvh http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/7/x86_64/e/epel-release-7-5.noarch.rpm
As a matter of best practice we’ll update our packages:
sudo yum -y update
Then let’s install Ansible and any required packages:
sudo yum -y install ansible
Check the version of Ansible that is installed:
Which should yield something similar to:
configured module search path = None