How To Install Ansible on CentOS 8

Install Ansible on CentOS 8

In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ansible on CentOS 8. For those of you who didn’t know, Ansible is an open-source software provisioning and configuration management tool for Unix-like and Microsoft Windows operating systems. It is an open-source configuration tool that allows sysadmins to manage hundreds of servers from one centralized node i.e Ansible Server. Ansible is the preferred configuration tool when it is compared with similar tools like Puppet, Chef, and Salt because it doesn’t need an agent and it works on SSH and python.

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 8 server.


  • A server running one of the following operating systems: CentOS 8 or RHEL-based.
  • 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 user or 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 8

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

sudo dnf update

Step 2. Installing Ansible on CentOS 8.

  • Method 1. Install Ansible from EPEL.

Add EPEL repository to your CentOS 8 system:

sudo dnf install https://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/epel/epel-release-latest-8.noarch.rpm

Then, install Ansible using the following command:

sudo dnf install --enablerepo epel-playground  ansible

Once ansible is installed successfully, verify its version by running the following command:

ansible --version
  • Method 2. Install Ansible using pip.

First, install pyhton3 and python3-pip packages using the following command:

sudo dnf install python3 python3-pip

Now run the below pip3 command to install Ansible:

pip3 install ansible --user

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 8 system. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you check the official Ansible website.

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r00t is a seasoned Linux system administrator with a wealth of experience in the field. Known for his contributions to idroot.us, r00t has authored numerous tutorials and guides, helping users navigate the complexities of Linux systems. His expertise spans across various Linux distributions, including Ubuntu, CentOS, and Debian. r00t's work is characterized by his ability to simplify complex concepts, making Linux more accessible to users of all skill levels. His dedication to the Linux community and his commitment to sharing knowledge makes him a respected figure in the field.
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