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Ansible is a radically simple IT automation platform that makes your applications and systems easier to deploy. Avoid writing scripts or custom code to deploy and update your applications— automate in a language that approaches plain English, using SSH, with no agents to install on remote systems.
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Merge pull request #12146 from thekarlbrown/patch-1

Fixed Spelling Error on Line 67
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bin Revert "Allow exceptions to pass through the program"
contrib Use print() as function under contrib/
docs/man Update ansible-vault manpage to describe new encrypt/decrypt behaviour
docsite Update developing_modules.rst
examples some fixes to become/sudo
hacking Fix rm call in hacking/env-setup. Since it is sourced from a user shell,
lib/ansible Merge pull request #12146 from thekarlbrown/patch-1
packaging Add six as a dependency for packaging
samples Multiple fixes for include statements and blocks in general
test Fix unit tests broken by 057712c
ticket_stubs for ansibot compensation
.coveragerc Add tox and travis-ci support
.gitattributes updated changelog with 1.8.2-4 content, added .gitattributes
.gitignore Add tox and travis-ci support
.gitmodules remove old dead code
.travis.yml Enable py34 test in travis so we don't regress recent fixes Merge pull request #12135 from amenonsen/changelog-update CODING_GUIDELINES: Fix typo: / => \ Update
COPYING license file should be in source tree Merge pull request #9853 from axos88/patch-1 Fix removal of .git from modules directories
Makefile added egg to cleanup Merge pull request #11869 from charleswhchan/devel
RELEASES.txt Backporting release info/changelog stuff to devel
VERSION Version bump for v2.0.0-0.1.alpha1 and submodule updates add distutils package classifiers
test-requirements.txt Mock 1.1.0 lost python2.6 compatibility
tox.ini Use print() as function under contrib/

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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 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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