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Latest commit f39ad1f Apr 30, 2016 @abadger abadger Get rid of logentries.to_unicode.
It wasn't doing anything that a literal couldn't do and used
unicode_escape which only understands latin1 (The author of the code
seems to have thought it took an encoding argument but it looks like
that was silently ignored.)
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bin Controller-side module caching. Apr 12, 2016
contrib Update and fix typos in docker inventory docstrings. (#15616) Apr 27, 2016
docs/man add centrify dzdo escalation (#15219) Apr 25, 2016
docsite Added commas in documentation to increase readability (#15662) Apr 29, 2016
examples Controller-side module caching. Apr 12, 2016
hacking Dist version fix for Red Hat and more tests (#15663) Apr 29, 2016
lib/ansible Get rid of logentries.to_unicode. Apr 30, 2016
packaging backwards compat for python-support on old Debian/Ubuntu releases Mar 18, 2016
samples moved last utils.debug to display.debug Apr 8, 2016
test Dist version fix for Red Hat and more tests (#15663) Apr 29, 2016
ticket_stubs Small type Feb 27, 2016
.coveragerc Add tox and travis-ci support Mar 13, 2015
.gitattributes updated changelog with 1.8.2-4 content, added .gitattributes Feb 23, 2015
.gitignore now generate list of playbook ojbect directives Feb 25, 2016
.gitmodules remove old dead code Aug 27, 2015
.mailmap Add a .mailmap for 'shortlog' (#15588) Apr 25, 2016
.travis.yml Run longest running tests first to see if we shave off a few minutes Mar 24, 2016 Version bump to 2.2.0 for devel Apr 26, 2016 CODING_GUIDELINES: Fix typo: / => \ Jun 28, 2014 Update with more recent developments Mar 23, 2016
COPYING license file should be in source tree Mar 15, 2012 added galaxy data Jan 12, 2016
Makefile only send event if tqm exists Jan 13, 2016 trigger jenkins integration tests Dec 8, 2015
RELEASES.txt Version bump to 2.2.0 for devel Apr 26, 2016 Update Azure module notes (#15229) Apr 25, 2016
VERSION Version bump to 2.2.0 for devel Apr 26, 2016
ansible-core-sitemap.xml Add debug strategy plugin (#15125) Apr 8, 2016 Fix ziploader for the cornercase of ansible invoking ansible. Apr 29, 2016
tox.ini Reorganizing tox stuff and making py3-specific requirements Mar 11, 2016

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Ansible is a radically simple IT automation system. It handles configuration-management, application deployment, cloud provisioning, ad-hoc task-execution, and multinode orchestration - including trivializing things like zero downtime rolling updates with load balancers.

Read the documentation and more at

Many users run straight from the development branch (it's generally fine to do so), but you might also wish to consume a release.

You can find instructions here for a variety of platforms. If you decide to go with the development branch, be sure to run git submodule update --init --recursive after doing a checkout.

If you want to download a tarball of a release, go to, though most users use yum (using the EPEL instructions linked above), apt (using the PPA instructions linked above), or pip install ansible.

Design Principles

  • Have a dead simple setup process and a minimal learning curve
  • Manage machines very quickly and in parallel
  • Avoid custom-agents and additional open ports, be agentless by leveraging the existing SSH daemon
  • Describe infrastructure in a language that is both machine and human friendly
  • Focus on security and easy auditability/review/rewriting of content
  • Manage new remote machines instantly, without bootstrapping any software
  • Allow module development in any dynamic language, not just Python
  • Be usable as non-root
  • Be the easiest IT automation system to use, ever.

Get Involved

  • Read Community Information for all kinds of ways to contribute to and interact with the project, including mailing list information and how to submit bug reports and code to Ansible.
  • All code submissions are done through pull requests. Take care to make sure no merge commits are in the submission, and use git rebase vs git merge for this reason. If submitting a large code change (other than modules), it's probably a good idea to join ansible-devel and talk about what you would like to do or add first and to avoid duplicate efforts. This not only helps everyone know what's going on, it also helps save time and effort if we decide some changes are needed.
  • Users list: ansible-project
  • Development list: ansible-devel
  • Announcement list: ansible-announce - read only
  • #ansible

Branch Info

  • Releases are named after Led Zeppelin songs. (Releases prior to 2.0 were named after Van Halen songs.)
  • The devel branch corresponds to the release actively under development.
  • As of 1.8, modules are kept in different repos, you'll want to follow core and extras
  • Various release-X.Y branches exist for previous releases.
  • We'd love to have your contributions, read Community Information for notes on how to get started.


Ansible was created by Michael DeHaan (michael.dehaan/gmail/com) and has contributions from over 1000 users (and growing). Thanks everyone!

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