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A repository of example ansible-playbook bundles (APBs)

APB Documentation

Documents to get started on writing APBs.



Review all of the documents linked above. It details how the APB tooling may help in creating APBs. Be sure to complete all of the requirements below.

APB Name Example

The name my-apb will be used as an example for the rest of this document.

Dockerfiles and Tags

There are three tags can expect to see on most APB repos under the ansibleplaybookbundle project.

  • Canary: Automated images build from source. These are generally intended to help work on development of the ansible-service-broker and can be expected to break frequently.
  • Latest: Stable images released less frequently and expected to work with the latest ansible-service-broker. A few of these are built using only RPMS while others are built from source.
  • Nightly: Automated image builds using automated RPM builds. This tag is intended to ensure RPM builds for those APB's roles being packaged work on an ongoing basis. As of right now this is limited to:
    • apb-base
    • mediawiki-apb
    • rhscl-postgresql-apb
  • As time goes on and releases are made we may also create tags for specified versions, for example, 1.0, 1.1, etc.

In some directories you will see just one Dockerfile. In general this will indicate images are being built for the latest and canary tags. In a few directories you will see multiple Dockerfiles. In these cases they will have a suffix like -canary, -latest, -nightly, etc. to differentiate which tag it is being used to build. Where there are multiple Dockerfiles, canary is likely to be preferable for rapid development.

In these cases, be aware that to rebuild canary images using the canary apb-base image you'll need to update the from line to read ansibleplaybookbundle/apb-base:canary rather than ansibleplaybookbundle/apb-base:latest

By default the Ansible Service Broker will deploy APB's using the latest tag, but it is possible to specify an alternate tag per registry. When using catasb this can be done by specifying apbtag in your my_vars.yaml config file.

Directory Structure

Required Minimal Structure

The directory structure of my-apb APB, with all it's required files, would look like the following:

├── apb.yml
├── Dockerfile
├── playbooks
│   └── provision.yml
│   └── deprovision.yml
└── roles
    └── my-apb-openshift
        ├── defaults
        │   └── main.yml
        ├── tasks
            └── main.yml

Directory Structure with Optional Files

The directory structure with optional/additional files, may look like this:

├── apb.yml
├── Dockerfile
├── playbooks
│   └── provision.yml
│   └── deprovision.yml
└── roles
    └── my-apb-openshift
        ├── defaults
        │   └── main.yml
        ├── files
        │   └── <my-apb files>    (optional)
        ├── README                (optional)
        ├── tasks
        │   └── main.yml
        └── templates             (optional)
            └── <template files>

In most cases you will see just one Dockerfile. In general this will be used for the canary and latest tags.

In a few cases, where the apb role has been packaged as an rpm you will likely see multiple Dockerfiles with a suffix to differentiate which tags they are used to generate images for.

Example Files


FROM ansibleplaybookbundle/apb-base

LABEL "com.redhat.apb.version"="0.1.0"
LABEL "com.redhat.apb.spec"="some-long-blob-value"

ADD playbooks /opt/apb/actions
ADD roles /opt/ansible/roles
RUN chmod -R g=u /opt/{ansible,apb}

USER apb

Spec File (apb.yml)

id: 12345678-abcd-efgh-ijkl-mnopqrstuvwx
name: my-apb
image: my-org/my-apb
description: "my-apb description"
bindable: false
async: optional
parameters: []


- name: my-apb provision
  hosts: localhost
  gather_facts: false
  connection: local
  - role: ansible.kubernetes-modules
    install_python_requirements: no
  - role: my-apb-openshift
    playbook_debug: false



Other Files

For examples of other files, review the hello-world-apb repo

Dockerfile Validation

APB's Dockerfile contain a LABEL that specifies the base64 encoded value of the APB's spec file, namely its apb.yml file, which looks as like this:

LABEL "com.redhat.apb.spec"="<base64-encoded-apb.yml-file-blob-value>"

This value is generated by running the apb prepare command inside the APB source folder. Before submitting a PR, be sure to run the apb prepare command so that the APB's Dockerfile is up-to-date with its apb.yml spec file.

Building the APB

To build my-apb, execute the following command

$ cd my-apb
$ docker build -t my-apb .

Running the APB

To run my-apb, make sure that a test OpenShift/Origin cluster is accessible.

For example, assuming the below environment...

OpenShift URL        : ``
OpenShift Token      : WoCG534Mh9O2AyT_mFn3uKQ6R9-fuk_Rsr-oF4K8Pqw
OpenShift Namespace  : my-apb (via `--extra-vars`)
APB Image Entrypoint : /usr/bin/
APB Action           : provision

To get your OpenShift Token, type oc whoami -t

The following command can be executed to provision the my-apb:

$ docker run \
--entrypoint /usr/bin/ \
-e "OPENSHIFT_TOKEN=WoCG534Mh9O2AyT_mFn3uKQ6R9-fuk_Rsr-oF4K8Pqw" \
   my-apb \
   provision \
   --extra-vars 'namespace=my-apb'

Contributing a new APB to apb-examples

  • Create a new directory for the app and add playbooks
  • Make a pull request
  • Someone will ACK your PR in the review thread
  • Someone will then Merge your PR
  • After merging, create an automated build for the APB in dockerhub
  • Under Build Settings, create a build tagged 'latest' and 'canary'
  • Link the APB build to the apb-base container by adding 'ansibleplaybookbundle/apb-base' as a Repository Link

Getting Help

Docker Pull Command