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This repository contains ansible roles to setup my development machines and helps to keep them in sync. The ansible playbook will install software which i need for my day to day work as developer. It will also install my set of configuration for those tools. The playbook will install and configure the following tools:

  • zsh (configured with oh-my-zsh)
  • modularized zshrc config via a dotfiles repo (e.g. schnatterer/dotfiles, inspired by holman)
  • tmux (inspired from .tmux)
  • vim (configured with vimrc)
  • docker
  • vagrant
  • virtual box
  • packer
  • terraform via tfenv
  • gcloud, kubectl and kubectx
  • gpg
  • git
  • mercurial
  • java, groovy, maven, gradle via sdkman
  • node.js via nvm
  • golang
  • vscode
  • Intellij
  • bin, pipx and topgrade for installing and upgrading everything. Hints:
    • Run topgrade to upgrade everything regularly.
    • Use pipx to install python-base apps. Other than pip, apps installed using pipx are also upgraded using topgrade.
  • and many more

Supported Operating Systems

  • Ubuntu (tested on 20.04)
  • Manjaro Linux
  • Mac OS X


  • Ansible >= 2.6


  • Install homebrew
  • Install ansible brew install ansible


Install ansible

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ansible/ansible
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ansible


Install ansible sudo pacman -S ansible

Getting started

Just run the devbox script, on the first run it will ask some question to personalize the installed configurations. After that it will ask for your sudo password and then apply the ansible playbook.

You can also test the whole bunch in an ephemeral docker container.

docker build -t devboxes .
docker run -v $(pwd):/home/dev/devboxes \
    -it \
    --tmpfs /run \
    --tmpfs /run/lock \
    --privileged \
    -v /sys/fs/cgroup:/sys/fs/cgroup:ro \
    -v /lib/modules:/lib/modules:ro \
   --name devbox \

#login with: dev / box
devboxes/devbox -e ansible_become_pass='box' 

# Once ansible is done, explore the container as you like.
# After you're done, you'll have to kill it from another terminal:
docker stop devbox

# If you need the container again later just
docker start devbox
#login with: dev / box
docker attach devbox

# If you want to get rid of it for good 
docker rm -f devbox

Please be aware that the devbox scripts loads several GB worth of data from the internet and that as a result the container will have take several GB on your harddrive (7GB at the time of writing).

Note that it's not a sandboxed container, because devboxes relies on snap, which relies on systemd, which both are not made for containers. In general, less privileges than --privileged flag would suffice (see snpad-docker). But, devboxes installs and runs docker (in this case in docker), which is what --privileged was made for, so its an obvious choice here. Use it only for testing and development!


Its also possible to only apply certain tags, e.g.

# exclusive tag
devbox --tags zsh
# excluded tag
devbox --skip-tags zsh

See playbook for existing tags.


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