Welcome to our step-by-step guide on how to get started with Ansible on Ubuntu 22.04! Whether you’re new to automation or just new to Ansible, you’ll find this guide useful. Ansible is a powerful tool that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. Let’s dive into how to set it up on your Ubuntu system.


Ansible is an open-source automation tool that allows you to automate a wide variety of IT tasks, such as configuration management, application deployment, and infrastructure provisioning. It’s designed to help systems administrators and developers streamline the process of managing servers and applications, making it easier to scale infrastructure and manage complex environments.

Key Features & Concepts:

1. Infrastructure as Code (IaC): With Ansible, you can define and provide data center infrastructure using a declarative configuration language. This means you describe your desired state, and Ansible makes it so.

2. Playbooks: Ansible tasks are written in YAML format and are referred to as playbooks. Playbooks are scripts that define the tasks and the order in which they run.

3. Modules: Ansible uses modules to manage different resources. There are core modules for managing files, databases, cloud resources, networking devices, and more.

4. Idempotence: One of the core principles of Ansible. It ensures that operations produce the same results whether they’re applied once or multiple times.

5. Agentless: Unlike some other configuration management tools, Ansible does not require an agent to be installed on the client system. It typically communicates over SSH (or WinRM for Windows).

6. Inventory: Ansible uses an inventory to track and manage which hosts it communicates with.

7. Roles: To simplify playbook distribution and execution, Ansible has a ‘roles’ system. Roles allow you to bundle automation content and make it reusable.

8. Ansible Galaxy: A community hub where users can share Ansible roles and collections.

9. Ansible Tower: A web-based solution that makes Ansible even more easy to use for IT teams of all kinds. It’s particularly useful for role-based access control, scheduling, and centralized logging.


  • Simplicity: The straightforward YAML syntax is easy to learn, read, and write.
  • Consistency: Ensure all your systems are set up the same way, every time.
  • Reliability: If something goes wrong, you can use Ansible to bring your system back to a known good state.
  • Efficiency: Automation means doing more with fewer errors in less time.
  • Scalability: Ansible can manage one machine just as easily as it can manage 1,000 or more.

How Ansible Works:

Ansible works by connecting to your nodes and pushing out small programs, called “Ansible modules”, to them. These programs are written to be resource models of the desired state of the system. Ansible then executes these modules (over SSH by default), and removes them when finished. Your library of modules can reside on any machine, and there are no servers, daemons, or databases required. Typically you’ll work with your favourite terminal program, a text editor, and probably a version control system to keep track of changes to your content. In summary, Ansible provides a powerful and flexible toolset for automating a wide range of IT tasks, from configuration management to application deployment. Its simplicity and agentless architecture have led to its rapid adoption in the DevOps community and beyond.

Part 1: Installing Ansible

Welcome to our step-by-step guide on how to get started with Ansible on Ubuntu 22.04! Whether you’re new to automation or just new to Ansible, you’ll find this guide useful. Ansible is a powerful tool that automates software provisioning, configuration management, and application deployment. Let’s dive into how to set it up on your Ubuntu system.


1. Ubuntu System: A running instance of Ubuntu 22.04. It can be a virtual machine or a physical server.

2. SSH Access: Ensure you have SSH access to your Ubuntu instance. Ansible uses SSH to communicate with target machines.

3. User with sudo Privileges: The user account should have sudo privileges to install software packages.

Steps to Install Ansible in Ubuntu 22.04:

Here’s a general step-by-step guide for installing Ansible on Ubuntu, which you can adapt for Ubuntu 22.04:

1. Update System:

    First, make sure your system package repositories are up to date:

Click on “Enter

Click on “Enter

2. Install Software Properties Utility:

    This utility allows you to manage distribution and independent software vendor software sources:

3. Add Ansible’s PPA (Personal Package Archive):

    Ansible provides an official PPA that holds the latest stable versions:

Click on “Enter

4. Install Ansible:

    Now, update your package index again and then install Ansible:

ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ sudo apt update
ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ sudo apt install ansible -y

Click on Enter

Click on “Enter

Ansible has Successfully Installed.

5. Verify Ansible Installation:

You can check the version of Ansible to ensure it has been installed correctly:

This will display details about the Ansible version and its configuration.

6. Optional: Ansible Configuration:    

Ansible uses a configuration file, typically which you can modify to fit your specific needs.

    Additionally, Ansible works based on inventory files where you list the hosts you wish to manage. By default, the inventory file is found at

That’s the basic process to get Ansible installed on Ubuntu. Once Ubuntu 22.04 is officially released, always refer to the official Ansible documentation or any specific guidance provided by the Ubuntu community, especially if there are version-specific nuances or updates.

7. Optional : Testing Ansible

Running a Test Command. To make sure everything is set up correctly, run a simple Ansible command to ping all hosts in your inventory:

ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ ansible all -m ping

This is akin to doing a quick test drive after making adjustments to your car. If you get responses from your hosts, everything is ready to go.

Part 2: Uninstalling Ansible

In the world of technology, tools like Ansible act as the ultimate helpers, automating tasks that humans would otherwise have to perform manually. Imagine having a personal assistant for your computer, setting up software, managing files, and more, all without you having to lift a finger each time. That’s Ansible for you!

However, there may come a time when you need to part ways with this handy tool. Perhaps you need to free up some space on your computer, you’re looking to install a different version of Ansible, or maybe you just don’t use it anymore. Whatever the reason, removing Ansible from your Ubuntu 22.04 system is a straightforward process. Let’s walk through it step by step.

1. Opening the Terminal

First off, you’ll need to access the Terminal, Ubuntu’s command center. It’s here that you’ll input text commands to tell your computer what to do. You can open the Terminal by searching for it in your applications menu or by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on your keyboard.

2. Typing the Uninstall Command

With the Terminal open, type the following command to remove Ansible from your system:

ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ sudo apt-get remove ansible -y

Here’s a quick breakdown of what this command means:

  • sudo gives you the permission to make changes to your system, kind of like saying “please” when asking for something.
  • apt-get remove is the command to remove or uninstall a program.
  • ansible specifies what program you want to remove.
  • -y automatically says “yes” to any prompts that appear, speeding up the process.

3. Optional: Cleanup

After uninstalling Ansible, there might be some leftover packages that were installed alongside Ansible but are no longer needed. To clean these up, you can run the following command:

ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ sudo apt-get autoremove -y

This command helps tidy up your system by removing those unused packages, making sure your computer isn’t cluttered with unnecessary files.

4. Verifying Uninstallation

To make sure Ansible is completely removed from your system, you can type in the following command:

ubuntu@rushi-infotech:~$ ansible --version

If Ansible has been successfully uninstalled, you’ll get an error message saying something like “command not found.” This means there’s no trace of Ansible left on your system.


Congratulations! You’ve learned how to fully manage Ansible on your Ubuntu system, from installation and setup to removal. These steps are a significant stride towards becoming proficient in managing software on Linux systems. Even if these tasks seemed daunting at first, remember that with a bit of practice, they become second nature. Embrace the process, and soon you’ll find yourself confidently navigating your system, ready to tackle even more complex tasks. Here’s to your journey in mastering Linux software management!

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