How To Install Ansible on CentOS 7

Install Ansible on CentOS 7

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ansible on CentOS 7. For those of you who didn’t know, Ansible is a radically simple IT automation engine that simplifies cloud computing, configuration management, program setup, intra-service orchestration, and several other IT needs. Ansible uses a very simple language (YAML, in the form of Ansible Playbooks) that allows you to spell out your automation jobs in a way that means plain English. Using Ansible you can control multi-host or device simultaneously using a single command. You don’t need to install the client in the apparatus or each server.

This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of Ansible on a CentOS 7 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 7.
  • It’s recommended that you use a fresh OS install to prevent any potential issues.
  • SSH access to the server (or just open Terminal if you’re on a desktop).
  • A non-root sudo useror access to the root user. We recommend acting as a non-root sudo user, however, as you can harm your system if you’re not careful when acting as the root.

Install Ansible on CentOS 7

Step 1. First, let’s start by ensuring your system is up-to-date.

yum clean all
yum install -y epel-release
yum -y update

Step 2. Installing Ansible on CentOS 7.

  • Method 1. Install Ansible from the EPEL repository.
yum install ansible

Check the version of Ansible that is installed:

ansible --version
  • Method 2. Install Ansible from Source.

First, Installation of all required prerequisites to perform Ansible compilation:

yum install make git make gcc python-devel libffi-devel openssl-devel epel-release python-sphinx

Next, install the python package manager:

yum install python-pip
pip install --upgrade setuptools

Then, download the Ansible source code using the git command:

git clone git://
cd ansible

Select the desired version:

git checkout stable-2.3

Now check that Ansible is installed with the following command:

ansible --version

Congratulations! You have successfully installed Ansible. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Ansible in CentOS 7 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Ansible website.

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