Ansible is an IT automation tool. It can configure systems, deploy software, and orchestrate more advanced IT tasks such as continuous deployments or zero downtime rolling updates.

Ansible aims to be:

  • Clear - Ansible uses a simple syntax (YAML) and is easy for anyone (developers, sysadmins, managers) to understand. APIs are simple and sensible.
  • Fast - Fast to learn, fast to set up—especially considering you don’t need to install extra agents or daemons on all your servers!
  • Complete - Ansible does three things in one, and does them very well. Ansible’s ‘batteries included’ approach means you have everything you need in one complete package.
  • Efficient - No extra software on your servers means more resources for your applications. Also, since Ansible modules work via JSON, you can easily extend Ansible with modules in a programming language you already know.
  • Secure - Ansible uses SSH, and requires no extra open ports or potentially-vulnerable daemons on your servers.”

When you run Ansible commands or playbooks, Ansible will ssh into the remote machine, copy over the module code (written in Python) and run the module using the arguments specified in the playbook. The target machine must have a Python interpreter for Ansible to be able to execute these modules and thus configure your machine.

Ansible raw and script modules do not require python on the remote system and run directly through the remote shell. This feature can be used to bootstrap a lightweight Python interpreter onto hosts such as CoreOS.


pacman -S ansible

Inventory Setup

The inventory file defines the hosts and groups. The inventory file can be in INI-like format or YAML format. Your public SSH key should be located in authorized_keys on those systems. Machines can be in many groups at one time. Groups are used to allow you to configure many machines at once.

sudo nano /etc/ansible/hosts
[server_group] ansible_user=root
server_alias_name ansible_port=5555 ansible_host=

Host lines accept multiple key=value parameters per line. By default Ansible assumes it can find a /usr/bin/python on your remote system that is a 2.X version of Python. You can tell Ansible where to find Python by setting the ansible_python_interpreter variable in your Ansible inventory file.

Ad-Hoc Commands

ansible all -m raw -a "docker ps"
ansible all -m script -a
ansible all -m ping  # test connectivity between the controller machine and the managed machine
ansible all -m setup  # gathers facts about the managed machine
ansible machines -m command -a "/bin/echo hello" # run arbitrary command on the managed machine
ansible machines -m shell -a "cd /www/web/ujiamanager;git pull" # use features available in a shell while running your command
ansible machines -a "date" # default module is command
ansible machines -m copy -a "src=/etc/fstab dest=/tmp/fstab" # copy a file on the controller machine to the managed machine
ansible machines -m fetch -a "src=/etc/hosts dest=/tmp” # download file from the managed machine
ansible machines -b -K -m yum -a "name=ntp state=installed"  # use ansible’s yum module to install the NTP daemon
ansible machines -b -K -m service -a "name=ntpd state=started enabled=yes” # make sure NTP is started and set to run on boot
ansible -i inventory-file host-pattern -m ping


Playbooks are expressed in YAML format and have a minimum of syntax, which intentionally tries to not be a programming language or script, but rather a model of a configuration or a process. Each playbook is composed of one or more ‘plays’ in a list. The goal of a play is to map a group of hosts to some well defined roles, represented by things ansible calls tasks. A task is a call to an ansible module.

Run a playbook using a parallelism level of 10:

ansible-playbook playbook.yml -f 10

To see what hosts would be affected by a playbook before you run it:

ansible-playbook playbook.yml --list-hosts

list all tasks that would be executed

ansible-playbook playbook.yml --list-tasks

set additional variables as key=value

ansible-playbook playbook.yml  -e key=value

To run an entire playbook locally, just set the “hosts:” line to “hosts:” and then:

ansible-playbook playbook.yml --connection=local

Transfer files between two remote machines

- hosts: ServerB
    - name: Transfer file from ServerA to ServerB
        src: /path/on/server_a
        dest: /path/on/server_b
      delegate_to: ServerA

Or use pull mode to invert the transfer direction.

- hosts: ServerA
    - name: Transfer file from ServerA to ServerB
        src: /path/on/server_a
        dest: /path/on/server_b
        mode: pull
      delegate_to: ServerB

Playbook 是用于配置管理的脚本。inventory 文件使用.ini 文件格式,playbook 使用 YAML 文件格式和 Jinja2 模板语言。inventory 文件和 playbook 可以一起用版本控制系统来管理。

Playbook 是一个 play 的列表,每个 play 必须包含 hosts 和 tasks 两项。Play 有三个常用的配置:name,become,vars,handlers。 每个 task 必须包含一个键值对,键是模块名,值是要传到模块的参数。 handler 只会在所有 task 执行完后执行,被通知多次也只执行一次。有多个 handler 时,按照定义顺序执行,而不是被通知的顺序。一般用来重新加载配置,或者重启服务。


模块是由 Ansible 包装的、在主机上执行一系列操作的脚本。 Ansible 内置的模块有 200 多个,模块的执行是幂等的,也即多次运行同一个 Playbook 是安全的。

ansible-doc MODULE_NAME 查看模块文档



git clone -b 4.0.0
cd awx/install
nano inventory
ansible-playbook -i inventory install.yml
docker logs -f awx_task


docker-compose stop
nano docker-compose.yml
docker-compose pull && docker-compose up --force-recreate -d

AWX 相比于 Jenkins 的优点: 1、使用 Ansible Playbook 编写部署脚本,所有脚本存在 Git 仓库中,便于多人协作完善,更改记录可追溯。 2、同一个 Playbook 使用不同的参数可创建多个 Job 模板,减少了维护大量 Job 脚本的工作量。 3、同一个 Job 实例可同时部署多个服务器,能应对大规模的服务器集群。 4、服务器的登录密码与部署脚本是分离存储的,安全性更好。 5、服务器清单有明确的定义。 6、网页界面更美观。

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