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This repository is a collection of scripts to automate tasks on remote hosts that otherwise need to be performed by hand through SSH. Such automation is handy when a set of instructions need to be executed on all or a subset of servers in the infrastructure without introducing the overhead of heavy-weight configuration management tools such as Chef.

Use cases for such tasks include installing arbitrary software, editing configuration files, starting/stopping services, collecting data and much more - all from multiple servers quickly.

These scripts have been built and tested with Python 3.6 and Fabric 1.14.


The repository contains multiple directories, each containing tasks revolving around a specific service or piece of software. For example, the datadog directory contains tasks to install the Datadog monitoring agent, configure metrics and logging, restart the agent and so forth.

Directories are completely isolated from each-other and no code is shared amongst them.

In order to execute a specific task, traverse to the concerned service's directory and run:

fab <TASK NAME> --hosts=<HOST 1>,<HOST 2>
fab <TASK NAME> --roles=<ROLE 1>,<ROLE 2>

fab --list can be used to see all available tasks for the current service.


Roles can be used to group servers together based on certain characteristics. For example, all web servers could assume the role web and all database servers db. Any Fabric task executed over a role would essentially be executed inside all servers assuming that role.

Each directory has a file that is supposed to contain role definitions. More specifically, roledefs is a dict whose key is the name of a role and its value is a dict containing the list of hosts and any arbitrary data that needs to be supplied for that role.

For example:

roledefs = {
    "web": {
        "hosts": ["qa-nginx-1", "prod-mongo-slave"],
        "nginx_config_file": "/etc/nginx/nginx.conf"

Note that the role definitions are supposed to be provided by the user.


All scripts assume that host information is present in the user's SSH configuration file, which is usually ~/.ssh/config. For example, the hosts mentioned in roledefs above might have corresponding configurations providing information on IP, port and private key to SSH into the machine. Alternatively, this information can be provided to fabric while invoking it:

fab <TASK NAME> --hosts=centos@ -i ~/.ssh/private-key.pem

File upload

The ideal way to upload files to a remote server through Fabric is to use the put() method provided by its API. However, this requires the target host to run a SFTP server which is not always desired by administrators. Hence, all tasks echo file content into the target hosts and do not require SFTP to be enabled.

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