Automatic Webserver setup over RedHat using Ansible

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What is Ansible?

Ansible is an open-source software provisioning, configuration management, and application-deployment tool. It is one of the most powerful enough to automate complex multi-tier IT application environments. To know more about Ansible you can go through this post >> What is Ansible and How it is so Powerful?

How to setup Ansible?

I have already created a post where you can learn how to set up the ansible successfully and we also troubleshoot some of the problems. Incase if there any error occurred you can comment down below or can connect with me over the social media handle as well. To know the setup part you can go through this post >> How to setup Ansible in RHEL8?

Task Description

We are going to create one Ansible playbook that will set the following set up:
  • Configure Docker.
  • Start Docker.
  • Pull httpd image from the Docker Hub.
  • Launch httpd container and expose it to the public.
  • Copy html code to the /var/www/html folder and start the web service.

Incase to check the ansible is successfully installed or not run

ansible --version

For the configuration process use

ansible all -m ping 

If this is the output your ansible setup is ready and now we can proceed to our task.


This is used to define the host that we have set up in inventory file.

- hosts: dockerhost
  gather_facts: false

Task code here:

To config the yum for the docker we can use below code. This will configure the yum repository and we can be able to install required packages of docker.

     - name: config yum for docker
          name: docker-repo
          description: my docker repo
          gpgcheck: false

Here is the code to install the docker and start the docker. There is some confliction in docker community addition and that’s why we are using –nobest to forcefully download the docker.

     - name: install docker
       command: "yum install docker-ce --nobest"
     - name: Starting docker services
          name: docker
          state: started
          enabled: yes

Here we also require a docker python library. Docekr-py is the library.

     - name: installing docker-py
          name: docker-py

To pull the httpd image from the Docker hub.

     - name: installing http server
          name: httpd
          source: pull

To copy the required html file that will be developed by the developer.

     - name: Copying the html file
          src: index.html
          dest: /var/www/html/

Launch the container and expose it to outer world.

     - name: running docker container
          name: webserver
          state: started
          exposed_ports: "80"
          image: httpd
          ports: 8080:80
          volumes: /var/www/html/:/usr/local/apache2/htdocs
          command: httpd -D FOREGROUND

Paste the whole code in a .yaml file and this will our playbook and run

ansible-playbook docker.yaml

To test the webserver use http://<ip>:8080

docker container web server

We have finally successfully completed the above task. To go through the complete code you can go through my git hub repo

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