In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Ansible on Debian 9. 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 through the step by step installation of Ansible on a Debian 9 (Stretch) server.
Install Ansible on Debian 9 Stretch
Step 1. Before we install any software, it’s important to make sure your system is up to date by running these following apt-get commands in the terminal:
apt-get update apt-get upgrade
Step 2. Installing Ansible on Debian 9.
Download Ansible source code using git command:
git clone git://github.com/ansible/ansible.git
Next, navigate to ansible directory:
Use the following Linux command will list all available Ansible stable versions:
### git branch -a | grep stable remotes/origin/stable-1.9 remotes/origin/stable-2.0 remotes/origin/stable-2.0-network remotes/origin/stable-126.96.36.199 remotes/origin/stable-2.1 remotes/origin/stable-2.2 remotes/origin/stable-2.3
Take a note of your desired version and execute git checkout. For example, to set Ansible version stable-2.3 run:
git checkout stable-2.3
Then, perform the compilation followed by the Ansible installation:
make make install
Step 3. Confirm the Ansible Installation.
Test the Ansible installation by retrieving its version using the following command:
Congratulations! You have successfully installed Ansible. Thanks for using this tutorial for installing Ansible in Debian 9 Stretch systems. For additional help or useful information, we recommend you to check the official Ansible website.