Ansible Container project that manages the lifecycle of AWX on Docker.
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AWX (Built with Ansible Container)

Build Status

This project is in its early stages. There will be bugs!

This project is composed of three main parts:

  • Ansible Container project: This project is maintained on GitHub: geerlingguy/awx-container. Please file issues, support requests, etc. against this GitHub repository.
  • Docker Hub Image: If you just want to use geerlingguy/awx_web and geerlingguy/awx_task in your project, you can pull it from Docker Hub.
  • Ansible Role: If you need an Ansible role to build AWX, check out geerlingguy.awx on Ansible Galaxy. (This is the Ansible role that does the bulk of the work in managing the AWX container.)


Currently maintained versions include:

  • geerlingguy/awx_web:
    • 1.x, latest: AWX 1.x
    • 1.0.5
  • geerlingguy/awx_task:
    • 1.x, latest: AWX 1.x
    • 1.0.5

Quickstart - Standalone Usage with Docker Compose

If you just want to get an AWX environment running quickly, you can use the docker-compose.yml file included with this project to build a local environment accessible on http://localhost:80/:

mkdir awx-test && cd awx-test
curl -O
docker-compose up -d

The Docker Compose file uses community images for postgres, rabbitmq, and memcached, and the following images for AWX:

After the initial database migration completes (this can take a few minutes; follow the progress with docker logs -f [id-of-awx_task-container]), you will be able to access the AWX interface at http://localhost/. The default login is admin/password.

Note: Switch the image for the awx_web and awx_task containers in docker-compose.yml if you want to use the geerlingguy/ maintained images rather than the ones from ansible/. If you're just kicking AWX's tires though, stick with the defaults.

Management with Ansible Container


Before using this project to build and maintain AWX images for Docker, you need to have the following installed:

Build the AWX images

Typically, you would build the images as specified in the container.yml file using ansible-container --var-file config.yml build, but in this case, since there are many dependencies bundled in the AWX repository, we will build the Docker images using a helper playbook:

$ cd prebuild/
$ ansible-galaxy install -r requirements.yml --force
$ ansible-playbook -i 'localhost,' -c local prebuild.yml

After this playbook runs, you should see two new Docker images (which we'll use in the Ansible Container definition):

$ docker images
REPOSITORY          TAG                 IMAGE ID            CREATED             SIZE
awx_task            devel               26311794058d        29 seconds ago      938MB
awx_web             devel               3d38dccc9190        58 seconds ago      913MB

A Vagrantfile is included with this project to assist in building a clean environment with all the dependencies required to build the AWX images (in case you don't want to install everything on your local workstation!). To use it:

  1. Run vagrant up.
  2. Wait for Vagrant's provisioning to complete (it will run prebuild.yml automatically).
  3. Log in with vagrant ssh and use docker or ansible as needed.

Build the conductor

Build the conductor using ansible-container build:

ansible-container --var-file config.yml build

Note: If you get any permission errors trying to generate a Docker container, make sure you're either running the commands as root or with sudo, or your user is in the docker group (e.g. sudo usermod -G docker -a [user], then log out and log back in).

Run the containers

ansible-container --var-file config.yml run

You should be able to reach AWX by accessing http://localhost/ in your browser.

(Use stop to stop the container, and destroy to reset the containers and all images.)

Push the containers to Docker Hub

Currently, the process for updating this image on Docker Hub is manual. Eventually this will be automated via Travis CI using ansible-container push (currently, this is waiting on this issue to be resolved).

  1. Log into Docker Hub on the command line:

    docker login --username=geerlingguy
  2. Tag the latest version (only if this is the latest/default version):

    docker tag awx_web:devel geerlingguy/awx_web:latest
    docker tag awx_web:devel geerlingguy/awx_web:1.x
    docker tag awx_task:devel geerlingguy/awx_task:latest
    docker tag awx_task:devel geerlingguy/awx_task:1.x
  3. Push tags to Docker Hub:

    docker push geerlingguy/awx_web:latest # (if this was just tagged)
    docker push geerlingguy/awx_web:1.x



Author Information

This container build was created in 2017 by Jeff Geerling, author of Ansible for DevOps.