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Short Description
Work in progress.. This image provides an installation of Ansible and rundeck.
Full Description

This is an alpha release! Use with caution.

Please report any errors or suggestions!

Rundeck Ansible Plugin

This plugin brings basic Ansible support to Rundeck. It imports hosts from Ansible's inventory, including a bunch of facts, and can run modules and playbooks. There is also a node executor and file copier for your project.

No SSH-Keys need to be shared between Ansible and Rundeck, everything is run through either ansible or ansible-playbook (even the node import).

The following bits are included:

Resource Model Source

Uses the default configured inventory to scan for nodes. Facts are discovered by default, but you can turn that off (although I highly recommend leaving it on).

Host groups are imported as tags, you can limit the import to just some selected patterns, if you want.

A bunch of facts are imported as attributes (sample screenshot).

Node Executor

This makes it possible to run commands via the "Commands" menu or the default "Command" node step in a job.

The command is passed to Ansible's shell module. You can specify which shell to use in the project settings.

File Copier

Enables usage of the default "Copy File" and (in combination with the above) "Script" node steps.

Files are transferred using Ansible's copy module.

Run Ansible Modules

Run any Ansible module! You can specify the module name and arguments.

This is available as both a node and workflow step.

Note: The node step runs Ansible for every node, targeting only one node. The workflow step runs Ansible only once with a list of targets, so it should perform a bit better, if you don't need the individuality.

Run Ansible Playbooks

Run a playbook as a node or workflow step (see note above). You specify a path to a file, which must be accessible to Rundeck.


  • Ansible executables in $PATH of Rundeck user
  • Rundeck user needs to be able to successfully run Ansible commands, that includes access to Ansible's config files and keys - it depends on your setup (whether you installed via .deb or launcher etc.)
    • You can check if everything works with something like this: su rundeck -s /bin/bash -c "ansible all -m ping"
    • If it complains, chances are that your rundeck $HOME directory isn't writable by Rundeck, fix it with e.g. chown rundeck /var/lib/rundeck (see this issue)
    • Another thing, if you have a special setup: Rundeck's environment might be missing some things, if you are using su or similar to start rundeck - maybe you need to tell it to use a login shell via -l (see this issue)
    • If you are running CentOS 6.7 or similar (RHEL) or another system using SELinux, you may need to install libselinux-python (yum install libselinux-python) or disable SELinux on boot (see this issue)


  • Download the .jar file from GitHub or compile it yourself (using Gradle, either your own the included wrapper)
  • Copy the .jar file to your Rundeck plugins directory (/var/lib/rundeck/libext if you installed the .deb, for example)
  • Create a new project (this assumes you want every node in your project to be controlled via Ansible)
  • Choose "Ansible Resource Model Source" as the resource model source
  • Choose "Ansible Ad-Hoc Node Executor" as the default node executor
  • Choose "Ansible File Copier" as the default node file copier
  • Save, it can take a short time to import all the nodes, depending on your fleet
  • You're all set! Try running a command


I'm new to both Rundeck and Ansible so I expect there to be room for improvements. Only basic features have been implemented in this first pass, so I can play around with both tools. Liking it very much so far! :)


The docker image, available on dockerhub as giovannipaologibilisco/rundeck-ansible-plugin allows to easily run ansible and rundeck.
The installation of rundeck includes the plugin developed in this repo for the intergation with Ansible.
To run the container specify:

  • the rundeck port to expose (-p 4440:4440)
  • a volume containing the required configuration ( -v CONFIG_FOLDER:/etc/settings/ansible)

The CONFIG_FOLDER should contain:

  • id_rsa -> private key used by ansible to connect to hosts via SSH
  • hosts -> ansible configuration file with the groups of hosts to control (a static ip should be provded e.g. ansible_host=
  • ansible.cfg -> the main ansible configuration file (optional)

Example of running the image: docker run -p 4440:4440 -v /home/giovanni/ansible-configuration:/etc/settings/ansible giovannipaologibilisco/rundeck-ansible-plugin

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