Installing Ansible on Oracle Linux 8 for test and development use

I have previously written about installing Ansible on Oracle Linux 7 for non-production use. A similar approach can be taken to install Ansible on Oracle Linux 8. This is a quick post to show you how I did that in my Vagrant (lab) VM.

As it is the case with Oracle Linux 7, the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository is listed in a section labelled “Packages for Test and Development“. As per, these packages come with the following warning:

Note: The contents in the following repositories are for development purposes only. Oracle suggests these not be used in production.

This is really important!

If you are ok with the limitation I just quoted from Oracle’s YUM server, please read on. If not, head back to the official Ansible documentation and use a different installation method instead. I only use Ansible in my own lab and therefore don’t mind.

Enabling the EPEL repository

The first step is to enable the EPEL repository. For quite some time now, Oracle has split the monolithic YUM configuration file into smaller, more manageable pieces. For EPEL, you need to install oracle-epel-release-el8.x86_64:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo dnf info oracle-epel-release-el8.x86_64
Last metadata expiration check: 1:51:09 ago on Wed 10 Feb 2021 09:30:41 UTC.
Installed Packages
Name         : oracle-epel-release-el8
Version      : 1.0
Release      : 2.el8
Architecture : x86_64
Size         : 18 k
Source       : oracle-epel-release-el8-1.0-2.el8.src.rpm
Repository   : @System
From repo    : ol8_baseos_latest
Summary      : Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) yum repository
             : configuration
License      : GPLv2
Description  : This package contains the  Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux
             : (EPEL) yum repository configuration.

[vagrant@dev ~]$  

A quick sudo dnf install oracle-epel-release-el8 will install the package and create the EPEL repository configuration. Until this stage the new repository is known, but still disabled. This is what it looked like on my (custom built) Oracle Linux 8.3 Vagrant box, booted into UEK 6:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo dnf repolist
repo id           repo name
ol8_UEKR6         Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6 for Oracle Linux 8 (x86_64)
ol8_appstream     Oracle Linux 8 Application Stream (x86_64)
ol8_baseos_latest Oracle Linux 8 BaseOS Latest (x86_64)
[vagrant@dev ~]$  

If you are ok with the caveat mentioned earlier (development purpose, no production use…, see above) you can enable the EPEL repository:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo yum-config-manager --enable ol8_developer_EPEL
[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo dnf repolist
repo id            repo name
ol8_UEKR6          Latest Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6 for Oracle Linux 8 (x86_64)
ol8_appstream      Oracle Linux 8 Application Stream (x86_64)
ol8_baseos_latest  Oracle Linux 8 BaseOS Latest (x86_64)
ol8_developer_EPEL Oracle Linux 8 EPEL Packages for Development (x86_64)
[vagrant@dev ~]$   

The output of dnf repolist confirms that EPEL is now enabled.

Installing Ansible

With the repository enabled you can search for Ansible:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo dnf info ansible
Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:10 ago on Wed 10 Feb 2021 11:26:57 UTC.
Available Packages
Name         : ansible
Version      : 2.9.15
Release      : 1.el8
Architecture : noarch
Size         : 17 M
Source       : ansible-2.9.15-1.el8.src.rpm
Repository   : ol8_developer_EPEL
Summary      : SSH-based configuration management, deployment, and task
             : execution system
URL          :
License      : GPLv3+
Description  : Ansible is a radically simple model-driven configuration
             : management, multi-node deployment, and remote task execution
             : system. Ansible works over SSH and does not require any software
             : or daemons to be installed on remote nodes. Extension modules can
             : be written in any language and are transferred to managed
             : machines automatically.


[vagrant@dev ~]$  

Mind you, 2.9.15 was the current release at the time of writing. If you hit the blog by means of a search engine, the version will most likely be different. Let’s install Ansible:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ sudo dnf install ansible ansible-doc
Last metadata expiration check: 0:01:06 ago on Wed 10 Feb 2021 11:26:57 UTC.
Dependencies resolved.
 Package            Arch   Version                     Repository          Size
 ansible            noarch 2.9.15-1.el8                ol8_developer_EPEL  17 M
 ansible-doc        noarch 2.9.15-1.el8                ol8_developer_EPEL  12 M
Installing dependencies:
 python3-babel      noarch 2.5.1-5.el8                 ol8_appstream      4.8 M
 python3-jinja2     noarch 2.10.1-2.el8_0              ol8_appstream      538 k
 python3-jmespath   noarch 0.9.0-11.el8                ol8_appstream       45 k
 python3-markupsafe x86_64 0.23-19.el8                 ol8_appstream       39 k
 python3-pip        noarch 9.0.3-18.el8                ol8_appstream       20 k
 python3-pytz       noarch 2017.2-9.el8                ol8_appstream       54 k
 python3-pyyaml     x86_64 3.12-12.el8                 ol8_baseos_latest  193 k
 python3-setuptools noarch 39.2.0-6.el8                ol8_baseos_latest  163 k
 python36           x86_64 3.6.8-2.module+el8.3.0+7694+550a8252
                                                       ol8_appstream       19 k
 sshpass            x86_64 1.06-9.el8                  ol8_developer_EPEL  28 k
Enabling module streams:
 python36                  3.6                                                 

Transaction Summary
Install  12 Packages

Total download size: 35 M
Installed size: 459 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y



[vagrant@dev ~]$   

A quick test reveals the software works as advertised:

[vagrant@dev ~]$ ansible --version
ansible 2.9.15
  config file = /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg
  configured module search path = ['/home/vagrant/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
  ansible python module location = /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ansible
  executable location = /usr/bin/ansible
  python version = 3.6.8 (default, Nov  5 2020, 18:03:20) [GCC 8.3.1 20191121 (Red Hat 8.3.1-5.0.1)]
[vagrant@dev ~]$  

It seems that Ansible has been installed successfully.