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How to install Nginx using Ansible Playbook on ubuntu

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Working as a I.T professional, We need to also required to install a single or multiple packages in our multiple server, Here we are about to create Ansible Playbook to install Nginx web server


We believe, You have already installed Ansible if not you need to click on given link to install Ansible on ubuntu server. 


Step 1: Configure Ansible 


By default ansible host configuration file is /etc/ansible/hosts Here you need to add the Apache web server details like this, Use the following step for the same, In my case i have 1 apache server.


Group Name  - WebServer

IP Address     - Your IP Address

Username      - example

Password       - XXXXXXXXXX

You need to add your server in ansible host file, Syntax is given below, You need to open the /etc/ansible/hosts file with nano or vim text editor.

sudo vim /etc/ansible/hosts

and add the web server entry like this.


localhost ansible_connection=ssh ansible_ssh_user=ubuntu ansible_ssh_pass=xxxxxxx

Sample output.


Change the credentials as per your environment, Save and exit from the vim text editor and verify the host machine connectivity with ansible by using the given command.

©ansible all -m ping

You should get output like this.



Here our host configuration is completed and now we can go for next step to write play book.

Step 2: Creating Apache Playbook


You need to create a nginx-playbook.yml and you change it according to your requirement.

©sudo vim nginx-playbook.yml

Paste the given code.


©- hosts: webserver
become: yes

- name: update
apt: update_cache=yes

- name: Install Nginx
apt: name=nginx state=latest

- restart nginx

- name: restart nginx
service: name=nginx state=reloaded

Now we are ready to use the Nginx's PlayBook, To execute the PlayBook you need to use the given command.

©ansible-playbook nginx-playbook.yml

You should get output like this.


Verify the Nginx service on your targeted server by using the given command.

©sudo systemctl status nginx.service

Sample output.


We have successfully created nginx playbook for Apache Web Server in our Ubuntu 18.04 server.


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