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Self-contained Ansible distribution

Ansible package with required python modules. No need to install, just download, unpack and use. The main idea of this package is to run Ansible playbooks on local machine

Included in the distribution

Version: 0.4.1

Package Version
ansible 2.9.2
jinja2 2.10.3
PyYAML 5.2
paramiko 2.7.1
six 1.13.0
cryptography 2.8
pyasn1 0.4.8
asn1crypto 1.2.0
bcrypt 3.1.7
cffi 1.13.2
PyNaCl 1.3.0
markupsafe 1.1.1

How to install and use

You just need to download latest version of portable-ansible tarball (.tar.bz2) from Releases page and unpack the files

$ wget -O ansible.tar.bz2
$ tar -xjf ansible.tar.bz2
$ python ansible localhost -m ping
 [WARNING]: provided hosts list is empty, only localhost is available

localhost | SUCCESS => {
    "changed": false,
    "ping": "pong"

If you need to run ansible playbooks, after having extracted the tarball contents:

$ ln -s ansible ansible-playbook
$ python ansible-playbook playbook.yml

In the same fashion, to have all the ansible commands, run:

for l in config console doc galaxy inventory playbook pull vault;do
  ln -s ansible ansible-$l

Supporting additional python packages

Install python packages into ansible/extras directory

pip install -t ansible/extras <package>


pip install -t ansible/extras -r requirements.txt

Instead of installing the python packages to ansible/extras, you can also install them in user directory to be available for ansible:

pip install --user -r requirements.txt


make aliases to portable ansible directory. In the examples below portable-ansible installed in /opt directory

ln -s /opt/ansible /opt/ansible-playbook


python3 /opt/ansible-playbook -i,  ~/playbooks/remote-via-ssh-key.yaml
python3 /opt/ansible-playbook -i, -c paramiko ~/playbooks/remote-via-username-and-password.yaml  --ask-pass

For developers

to create tarball with required packages just run

For python2

$ make tarball-py2

For python3

$ make tarball-py3

For both python versions

$ make tarballs


All notable changes to this project will be documented in the file


  • ansible/ansible 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.
  • ansible/ansible-modules-core Ansible modules - these modules ship with ansible
  • ansible/ansible-modules-extras Ansible extra modules - these modules ship with ansible
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