Ansible – Part 2 – Installing Ansible

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You may refer installation doc from official document as well.



Controlnode is just the machine where we install the Ansible program and will contain copies of your project file including ansible playbooks. It can be a workstation, a virtual machine or a dedicated server in the environment.

  • No specific HW requirements for control node server

Linux/Unix systems only (Windows not currently supported) Software

  • Ansible (
  • Python 2.6 or later
  • Python2-winrm (0.2.2 or later) provides pywinrm python package
Managed Hosts

These are listed servers or nodes in the inventory – defined as static or via dynamic inventory scripts – on which Ansible commands or playbook tasks need to be executed.


  • Linux managed hosts need to have Python 2 (2.4 or later) installed for most modules to work.
  • python-simplejson (if old RHEL5)
  • libselinux=python (if SELinux is enabled)


  • Most of the modules specifically designed for Microsoft Windows hosts require PowerShell 3.0 or higher on the managed host rather than Python.
  • PowerShell remoting enabled.

Installing Ansible

Check installed python version

yum list installed python

Install Ansible

yum install -y ansible 

Test installed version

[[email protected] dep-install]$ ansible --version
config file = /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg
configured module search path = Default w/o overrides
python version = 2.7.5 (default, Aug 2 2016, 04:20:16) [GCC 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-4)]

Other Methods
Ansible can be installed via “pip”, the Python package manager. If ‘pip’ isn’t already available in your version of Python, you can get pip by:

$ sudo easy_install pip

Then install Ansible with

$ sudo pip install ansible

PPA Repo

$ sudo apt-get install ansible

If CentOS, configure EPEL repo (Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux)

sudo yum -y install epel-release

Want to know more about Ansible ? Read next part on Deploying Ansible

See all parts of  Automation with Ansible Guides here

Gineesh Madapparambath

Gineesh has worked as a Systems Engineer, Automation Specialist, and content author. His primary focus is on Ansible Automation, Containerization (OpenShift & Kubernetes), and Infrastructure as Code (Terraform). (aka Gini Gangadharan -

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