Install Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04 With AWX

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Install Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04 With AWX

Want to get Ansible set up on Ubuntu for your configuration management? Let's see how to install it using the AWX web-based interface.

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In this post, we will install Ansible on Ubuntu 18.04 with the AWX web-based interface for Ansible. Ansible is a top config management solution.

Ansible is the leading configuration management solution according to StackShare.

It provides agentless system management and configuration that is simple to use, easy to learn, flexible and powerful.

We will install Ansible on its own server and we will also install AWX which is a web-based interface to Ansible.

Getting Started

To begin, we need a fresh install of Ubuntu Server 18.04.1.

Next, perform all the updates and reboot.

apt update && apt upgrade -y

Next, we need to enable the universe repositories.

Open /etc/apt/sources.list and add the ‘universe’ to the end of all the lines.

deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic main universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-security main universe
deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu bionic-updates main universe

Save and exit.

Update apt.

apt update

We are now ready to install Ansible.

Install Ansible

On Ubuntu, we install Ansible from a PPA.

Run the following commands to install Ansible

apt-add-repository --yes --update ppa:ansible/ansible

Finally, install Ansible.

apt install ansible -y

Now that Ansible is installed, we need to install and configure AWX the web-based interface for Ansible.

Install AWX

First, we need to install a few prerequisite packages.

Install Docker:

apt install docker.io

Install PIP and the Python Docker SDK.

apt install python-pip -y
pip install docker

Next, we need to install Node and NPM.

apt install nodejs npm -y

We need to use NPM to update itself because the version that is installed is too old for AWX.

npm install npm --global

We can now install AWX.

First, clone the git repository.

git clone https://github.com/ansible/awx.git

Next, run the installer.

cd awx/installer
ansible-playbook -i inventory install.yml

After a few minutes, ansible will finish installing AWX.

This created several docker containers on the local host.

There are many more options you can use to deploy AWX. For reference, check out the AWX install documentation on GitHub.

Once ansible is complete the AWX container will take a couple of minutes before it is ready.

You can access AWX at the following URL


You should see that AWX is upgrading.

When it is completed you will see the login screen.

Login with the default username of ‘admin’ and password of ‘password’.

We now have Ansible installed with AWX.

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