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Command line tool to template the structure of a new ansible role.

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ansible-roler is a simple command line tool to setup the recommendet folder structure for a new ansible role.

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# From internal pip repo as user
pip install ansible-roler --user

# .. or as root
sudo pip install ansible-roler


$ ansible-roler --help
usage: ansible-roler [-h] [-c CONFIG_FILE] [-n NAME] [-p PATH] [-v]

Manage ansible role environments

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -c CONFIG_FILE        Location of configuration file:
                        [/Users/rkau2905/Library/Application Support/ansible-
  -n NAME, --name NAME  Name of the new role
  -p PATH, --path PATH  Path where the new role will be created
  -v, --verbose         Show more verbose output



ansible-roler will create the the minimal recommended folder structure:


The main.yml files will be created only if you enable the templating feature. Otherwise the folders will be left empty.

Base configuration

In addition to the command line options there are parameters you can adjust in a config file. The default location for your config file is ~/ansible-roler/config.ini but you can place it anywhere and specifiy the path with ansible-roler -c /path/to/config.ini.

# base path ansible-roler will use to create new roles

# error | warning | info | debug
# you can also control this with commandline attribute -vvv


In special cases it can be helpfule to add templated files to each new role. The templating function can be used to place in customized meta/main.yml or a default config file for your CI in each new role. The templating is disabled by default and must be enabled in the config file befor you can use it.

# enable template functionality
# path to your own subdir template file
# if not in config file default one will be used
# if added empty 'subdir_template=' subdir templating is disabled
# if you like you can exclude some subdirs from templating
# these folders will be left empty
# path to your own ci template file
# if not in config file default one will be used
# if added empty 'ci_template=' ci templating is disabled

# define some variables you want to use in your template
meta_author=John Doe

ansible-roler comes with simple default template file but as you can see in the config you can customize and use your own. The default file looks as follows:

{% if subdir == 'tasks' %}
# Contains the main list of tasks to be executed by the role.
# Don't add tasks directly to the main.yml use includes instead
- include_tasks: setup.yml
{% endif %}
{% if subdir == 'handlers' %}
# Contains handlers, which may be used by this role or
# even anywhere outside this role.
{% endif %}
{% if subdir == 'defaults' %}
# Default variables for the role.
{% endif %}
{% if subdir == 'meta' %}
  author: {{ | default('UNKNOWN') }}
  description: Deploy some application
  license: {{ | default('MIT') }}
  min_ansible_version: 2.4
    - name: EL
        - 7
    - myapp
dependencies: []
{% endif %}

Currently, you can set two template files:

  • subdir_template: template will be deployed to the folders, tasks, handlers, defaults and meta. This can be used to provide a pre-configured main.yml in each of these folders.
  • root_template: tempate will be deployed to the root of your role. This can be used to provide a default config for your ci system.

Templating in ansible-roler works only with two static jinja2 files but you can control the content of the destination file with variables. Following variables will be automatically passed to the template processor:

  • subdir_template
    • rolename: these variable holds the rolename you have passed to ansible-roler If you have prefixed your role with prexix.myrole only the second part will be used.
    • subdir: these variable holds the current subdir which is processed at this time. This is a good option to add differen content to your destination file in relation to the current directory. You look at the usage in the build-in example above.
  • root_template
    • rolename

There is also an option to set custom variables. These variables will be accessable throug vars. This variable is an empty dictionary as long as you don't set some variables. Therefore you have to define variables under the `template-vars' section in config file.

# define some variables you want to use in your template
meta_author=John Doe

Variable names will be split at the first underscore. The first part is used as the name of a sub-dict under vars the other part is used as the of your variable. The result of the these small example looks as follows:

  'meta': {
    'author': 'John Doe',
    'license': 'MIT'

If you want to access your variables in a template, here is an example {{ }}.


This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details.

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Robert Kaussow

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