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Ansible playbooks

Highly reusable Ansible automation playbooks.

Tested with production servers and personal laptops / computers.

No configuration steps are needed in order to start using this software.

In action

I recently got notified from Nagios that one of my servers has security package updates. Here is how I have upgraded and tested it later:

Upgrading servers with Ansible

What is Ansible?

Ansible is servers/computers automation system which saves your day from repeatable tasks.

It is useful even if you do not have number of servers/computers to administrate.

This repo gives you ability to reuse already created playbooks, extend and use for repeatable installation and configuration processes.

How to start?

You need two things:

  • Install Ansible on your computer. Nothing to install on servers.
  • Learn how to execute playbooks.

Both explained below.

Installing Ansible

You can install it with:

$ sudo apt-get install ansible   # if you are on Ubuntu
$ sudo aptitude install ansible  # if you are on Debian
$ sudo yum install ansible       # if you are on Centos
$ sudo dnf install ansible       # if you are on Fedora
$ sudo brew install ansible      # if you are in Starbucks

Running playbooks

There are many playbooks in this repo (see playbooks/ folder).

Playbook is domain specific configuration file (the one which ends in .yml extension) which you can run on single/multiple machines.

Let's say I am starting with new dedicated server. Obviously, I need my personal home files there. Here is what I would run:

$ ansible-playbook -i, dotfiles.yml


  • -i IP, - apply playbook to single server only (comman is a must!)
  • dotfiles.yml - playbook to run (all playbooks docummented below)

Python dependency

As you might already know - Ansible needs Python 2.7. For this reason running playhooks on recent Ubuntu servers won't work.

Run following playbook for the first time and everything will be up and running for your future playbooks:

$ ansible-playbook -i, python.yml

Playbooks included

File name Description
locales.yml Install all locales on the server (useful when having multilingual projects)
apache.yml Install apache; configure to support PHP, Ruby and Python projects.
dotfiles.yml Install dotfiles (see ReekenX/dotfiles repo) with highly reusable configs.
monitoring.yml Install packages for networking and cpu usage monitoring.
development.yml Install packages developer will use every day.
ruby_dev.yml Install packages every Ruby developer uses.
python_dev.yml Install packages every Python developer uses.
php_dev.yml Install packages every PHP developer uses.
javascript_dev.yml Install packages every JavaScript developer uses. Not finished yet.
docker.yml Install and configure Docker. Not finished yet.
docker-compose.yml Install and configure docker-compose.
pil.yml Install and configure Python Imaging library (PIL).
apport_errors.yml Disable apport which gives modal about GUI errors.
backups.yml Daily backups to Dropbox automatically. Includes custom conf for every machine.
server_upgrade.yml Upgrade server software.


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