ansible-navigator

A text-based user interface (TUI) for the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

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ansible-navigator

A text-based user interface (TUI) for the Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

A demo of the interface can be found on youtube.

Quick start

Installing

Getting started with ansible-navigator is as simple as:

pip install ansible-navigator
ansible-navigator --help

(Users wishing to install within a virtual environment might find the relevant Python documentation useful.)

By default, ansible-navigator uses a container runtime (podman or docker, whichever it finds first) and runs Ansible within an execution environment (a pre-built container image which includes ansible-core along with a set of Ansible collections).

This default behavior can be disabled by starting ansible-navigator with --execution-environment false. In this case, Ansible and any collections needed must be installed manually on the system.

Welcome

When running ansible-navigator with no arguments, you will be presented with the welcome page. From this page, you can run playbooks, browse collections, explore inventories, read Ansible documentation, and more.

A full list of key bindings can be viewed by typing :help.

Output modes

There are two modes in which ansible-navigator can be run:

  • The interactive mode, which provides a curses-based user interface and allows you to "zoom in" on data in real-time, filter it, and navigate between various Ansible components; and
  • The stdout mode, which does not use curses, and simply returns the output to the terminal's standard output stream, as Ansible's commands would.

The interactive mode is the default and this default can be overwritten by passing --mode stdout (-m stdout) or setting mode in configuration.

Example commands

All of ansible-navigator's features can be accessed from the welcome page described above, but as a shortcut, commands can also be provided directly as command-line arguments.

Some examples:

  • Review and explore available collections: ansible-navigator collections
  • Review and explore current Ansible configuration: ansible-navigator config
  • Review and explore Ansible documentation: ansible-navigator doc ansible.netcommon.cli_command
  • Review execution environment images available locally: ansible-navigator images
  • Review and explore an inventory: ansible-navigator inventory -i inventory.yaml
  • Run and explore a playbook: ansible-navigator run site.yaml -i inventory.yaml

Or, using the stdout mode described above:

  • Show the current Ansible configuration: ansible-navigator config dump -m stdout
  • Show documentation: ansible-navigator doc sudo -t become -m stdout

... and so on. A full list of subcommands and their relation to Ansible commands can be found in the subcommand documentation.

Configuring ansible-navigator:

There are several ways to configure ansible-navigator and users and projects are free to choose the most convenient method for them. The full hierarchy of how various configuration sources are applied can be found in the FAQ mentioned below.

Of note, projects making use of ansible-navigator can include a project-wide configuration file with the project. If one is not found, ansible-navigator will look for a user-specific configuration file in the user's home directory. Details about this can be found in the settings documentation.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

We maintain a list of common questions which provides a good resource to check if something is tripping you up. We also encourage additions to this document for the greater community!

License

ansible-navigator is released under the Apache License version 2. See the LICENSE file for more details.

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