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ARA: Ansible Run Analysis

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ARA records Ansible playbook runs and makes the recorded data available and intuitive for users and systems.

ARA doesn't run your playbooks for you: it integrates with Ansible as a callback plugin wherever it is.

Whether you are running Ansible from your personal laptop or a server, all you need to do is to

install ARA
configure Ansible to use ARA
and you're good to go.

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.. _install ARA: .. _configure Ansible to use ARA:



# Install ARA
pip install ara
# Make Ansible use the ARA callback plugin regardless of python version
export ANSIBLE_CALLBACK_PLUGINS="$(python -c 'import os,ara; print(os.path.dirname(ara.__file__))')/plugins/callbacks"
# Run your playbook
# ansible-playbook myplaybook.yml
# Start the ARA standalone webserver
ara-manage runserver
# Browse

Refer to the documentation_ for more information.

.. _documentation:

ARA components

ARA has four main components:

  1. An
    Ansible callback plugin
    _ to record playbook runs into a local or remote database
  2. The ararecord and araread pair of Ansible modules to record and read persistent data with ARA
  3. A
    CLI client
    _ to query the database
  4. A
    dynamic, database-driven web interface
    _ that can also be
    generated and served from static files

.. ARA: .. _Ansible: .. _Ansible callback plugin: .. _ararecord: .. araread: .. _CLI client: .. _dynamic, database-driven web interface: .. _generated and served from static files:

What does the web interface look like ?

A video preview and explanation of the web interface is available on YouTube, featuring playbook runs from the OpenStack-Ansible project.

Otherwise, screenshots highlighting some of ARA's features are available in

the frequently asked questions

.. _YouTube: .. _OpenStack-Ansible: .. _the frequently asked questions:

Community and getting help

The ARA community hangs out on IRC, Slack and Discord.

All three chats are seamlessly linked to each other so you can use your preferred client to come chat with us !


  • Server:
  • Channel: #ara


  • Join with the
    Slack invitation 


  • Join with the
    Discord invitation 


Contributing, issues and bugs

Contributions to ARA are definitely welcome and much appreciated !

ARA does not use GitHub for issues or pull requests.

ARA uses the OpenStack infrastructure for code hosting and review as well as project and bug/issue tracking.


contributor documentation
_ will get you started quickly if you need help contributing !
  • Submitted code reviews are available on Gerrit:
  • Bugs, issues and feature tracking are available on StoryBoard:!/project/843

You might also be interested in reading the project manifesto_ in order to have a good understanding of the project's core values and philosophy.

.. _contributor documentation: .. _manifesto:


Frequently asked questions
_ and documentation on how to install, configure, use_ to ARA is available on

.. _Frequently asked questions: .. _install: .. _configure: .. _use:



See contributors on GitHub_.

.. _GitHub:



Copyright (c) 2017 Red Hat, Inc.

ARA is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

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You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with ARA. If not, see http:.

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