How do I install Ansible?

This guide is intended to get you up and running with this tool quickly with the most common settings. For a thorough review of all options, refer to the official documentation.

Ansible is an open source, command-line automation used to configure systems and deploy software.

Ansible command-line tools can be installed on a variety of Linux distributions.

General installation information is available which covers all supported operating systems, but it doesn’t talk about Arm-based hosts.

What should I do before I start installing the Ansible command line tools?

This article provides a quick solution to install the Ansible command line tools, such as ansible-playbook for Ubuntu on Arm.

Confirm you are using an Arm machine by running:


            uname -m

The output should be:




If you see a different result, you are not using an Arm-based machine running 64-bit Linux.

How do I download and install Ansible for Ubuntu on Arm?

The easiest way to install the latest version of Ansible for Ubuntu on Arm is to use the PPA (Personal Package Archive).

To enable the PPA and install Ansible, run the commands:


            sudo apt update
sudo apt install software-properties-common -y
sudo add-apt-repository --yes --update ppa:ansible/ansible
sudo apt install ansible -y

Confirm the Ansible command line tools are installed by running:


            ansible-playbook --version

The output should be similar to:


        ansible-playbook [core 2.14.3]
  config file = /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg
  configured module search path = ['/home/ubuntu/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
  ansible python module location = /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/ansible
  ansible collection location = /home/ubuntu/.ansible/collections:/usr/share/ansible/collections
  executable location = /usr/bin/ansible-playbook
  python version = 3.10.6 (main, Nov 14 2022, 16:10:14) [GCC 11.3.0] (/usr/bin/python3)
  jinja version = 3.0.3
  libyaml = True


The Ansible command line tools are now ready to use.


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