ansible -d DEST -U URL [options] [ <filename.yml> ]


Ansible is an extra-simple tool/framework/API for doing 'remote things' over SSH.

Use ansible-pull to set up a remote copy of ansible on each managed node, each set to run via cron and update playbook source via a source repository. This inverts the default push architecture of ansible into a pull architecture, which has near-limitless scaling potential.

The setup playbook can be tuned to change the cron frequency, logging locations, and parameters to ansible-pull.

This is useful both for extreme scale-out as well as periodic remediation. Usage of the fetch module to retrieve logs from ansible-pull runs would be an excellent way to gather and analyze remote logs from ansible-pull.



The name of one the YAML format files to run as an ansible playbook. This can be a relative path within the checkout. If not provided, ansible-pull will look for a playbook based on the host\(cqs fully-qualified domain name, on the host hostname and finally a playbook named local.yml.


-d DEST, --directory=DEST

Directory to checkout repository into. If not provided, a subdirectory of ~/.ansible/pull/ will be used.

-U URL, --url=URL

URL of the playbook repository to checkout.


Branch/Tag/Commit to checkout. If not provided, uses default behavior of module used to check out playbook repository.

-f, --force

Force running of playbook even if unable to update playbook repository. This can be useful, for example, to enforce run-time state when a network connection may not always be up or possible.

-i PATH, --inventory=PATH

The PATH to the inventory hosts file. This can be a relative path within the checkout.


Purge the checkout after the playbook is run.

-m NAME, --module-name=NAME

Module used to checkout playbook repository. Defaults to git.

-o, --only-if-changed

Run the playbook only if the repository has changed


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan. See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.


Copyright © 2012, Michael DeHaan

Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3 License.

RELATED TO ansible-pull…

ansible(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-doc(1)

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