Installation and Setup - Ansible Tutorial

Welcome to the tutorial on installation and setup of Ansible. Ansible is an open-source automation tool that allows you to manage and configure systems in a declarative and efficient way. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the installation and setup process of Ansible on your system.

Step-by-Step Installation and Setup

Follow these steps to install and set up Ansible:

Step 1: Install Ansible

Ansible can be installed on various operating systems. Here are some examples of how to install Ansible on different platforms:


$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install ansible

Red Hat/CentOS

$ sudo yum install epel-release
$ sudo yum install ansible


$ brew install ansible

Refer to the Ansible documentation for detailed instructions on other operating systems.

Step 2: Configure Inventory

The inventory is a file that contains a list of hosts or groups of hosts that Ansible manages. By default, the inventory file is located at /etc/ansible/hosts. Open the inventory file and add the IP addresses or hostnames of the systems you want to manage.

Step 3: Test Connection

Now, you can test the connection to the managed hosts using the ping module. Run the following command:

$ ansible all -m ping

This command pings all the hosts listed in the inventory file. If the connection is successful, you will see a success message for each host.

Common Mistakes

  • Not installing Ansible on the control node before trying to manage remote hosts.
  • Not configuring the inventory file correctly, resulting in connectivity issues with the managed hosts.
  • Using incorrect syntax or indentation in the inventory file or playbooks.
  • Forgetting to grant necessary permissions to the Ansible user or SSH keys.
  • Not keeping Ansible and its dependencies up to date, which may lead to compatibility issues.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I install Ansible on Windows?
    A: Yes, Ansible can be installed on Windows by using the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) or running Ansible within a Linux virtual machine.
  2. Q: How can I specify a different inventory file?
    A: You can specify a different inventory file using the -i flag followed by the path to the inventory file.
  3. Q: Can I use Ansible in a virtual environment?
    A: Yes, you can create and activate a virtual environment to isolate Ansible and its dependencies.


Installing and setting up Ansible is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can have Ansible up and running on your system. We covered the installation of Ansible, configuration of the inventory file, and testing the connection to managed hosts. Additionally, we discussed common mistakes to avoid and provided answers to frequently asked questions. With Ansible installed and configured, you are ready to start automating your infrastructure efficiently.