Tower Installation and Setup

Ansible Tower is a web-based UI and automation platform that provides a centralized interface for managing Ansible automation tasks. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of installing and setting up Ansible Tower on your server.

Step 1: Prerequisites

Before installing Ansible Tower, ensure that you have met the following prerequisites:

  • A Linux server (such as CentOS, RHEL, or Ubuntu) with a minimum of 4GB RAM
  • An Ansible user with sudo privileges
  • An Ansible Tower license file (can be obtained from the Ansible website)

Step 2: Download Ansible Tower

Visit the Ansible website and download the Ansible Tower installation package suitable for your server's operating system. Save the package to a directory on your server.

Step 3: Install Ansible Tower

Follow these steps to install Ansible Tower:

  1. Open a terminal and navigate to the directory where you saved the Ansible Tower installation package.
  2. Extract the package using the following command:
tar xvf ansible-tower-package.tar.gz
  1. Change into the extracted directory:
cd ansible-tower-package
  1. Run the Ansible Tower installation script:
sudo ./

The installation script will guide you through the setup process and prompt you for various configuration options, including the database settings and administrator credentials.

Step 4: Access Ansible Tower

Once the installation is complete, you can access Ansible Tower by opening a web browser and entering the URL: http://. Replace with the IP address or hostname of your Ansible Tower server.

Common Mistakes during Installation

  • Incorrectly providing database settings during the setup process.
  • Not ensuring that the server meets the minimum system requirements.
  • Failure to obtain a valid Ansible Tower license file.
  • Using an incompatible version of Ansible Tower for your server's operating system.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: Can I install Ansible Tower on a virtual machine?

    A: Yes, Ansible Tower can be installed on a virtual machine. Ensure that the virtual machine meets the minimum system requirements and follow the same installation steps as for a physical server.

  2. Q: Can I upgrade Ansible Tower to a newer version?

    A: Yes, Ansible Tower supports in-place upgrades. Refer to the Ansible Tower documentation for detailed instructions on upgrading your installation.

  3. Q: Can I use Ansible Tower with my existing Ansible playbooks?

    A: Yes, Ansible Tower seamlessly integrates with your existing Ansible playbooks. You can import your playbooks into Ansible Tower and create job templates to execute them.


By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can successfully install and set up Ansible Tower on your server. Ansible Tower provides a web-based UI and automation platform that centralizes your Ansible tasks, making it easier to manage and execute your automation playbooks. Enjoy the benefits of a streamlined and intuitive interface for your Ansible automation workflows.