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How to run an Ansible playbook locally
  • using Ansible command line:
ansible-playbook --connection=local 127.0.0.1 playbook.yml
  • using inventory:
127.0.0.1 ansible_connection=local
  • using Ansible configuration file:
[defaults]
transport = local
  • using playbook header:
- hosts: 127.0.0.1
  connection: local
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@k-popov k-popov commented Oct 15, 2018

The first option only works as ansible-playbook --connection=local --inventory 127.0.0.1, playbook.yml
Comma is essential, otherwise it's treated like file name.

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@andreasneuber andreasneuber commented Aug 17, 2019

Thanks! Bookmarked :-)

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@wazcov wazcov commented Nov 28, 2019

which is recommended or best practice?

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@alces alces commented Nov 29, 2019

I don't know anything about official best practices, but by myself most often use the last variant (i.e., playbook header).

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@q2dg q2dg commented Jan 12, 2020

But if I have'nt understood this badly (https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/inventory/implicit_localhost.html), it isn't necessary to indicate explicitely the connection type: just writing "localhost" as target will make Ansible to infer it has to make a "local" connection, isn't?

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@alces alces commented Jan 13, 2020

I'm not sure it worked this way in all versions of Ansible I'd previously coded for, so I used to always add connection: local just to make sure that the connection will not go through SSL.

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@lihongjie0209 lihongjie0209 commented Jul 22, 2020

ansible-playbook -c local -i localhost, ini.yaml

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