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Free Ansible Alternatives

The best free alternative to Ansible is Puppet, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Ansible and many of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Ansible are Salt, Chef, pyinfra and Nix Package Manager.

Ansible alternatives are mainly Server Management Tools but may also be Package Managers or Disaster Recovery Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ansible.
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  • FreemiumOpen Source
  • Windows
  • Linux
  • BSD
  • Python

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    Puppet

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online

    Puppet Data Center Automation Solution helps you save time, gain visibility into your server environment, and ensure consistency across your IT infrastructure.

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    Almost everyone thinks Puppet is a great alternative to Ansible.
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    Salt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Salt is a powerful remote execution manager that can be used to administer and provision servers in a fast and efficient way.

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    Salt vs Ansible opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Salt is a great alternative to Ansible.
    psi4ick

    Saltstack is stateful and supports features allowing to manage thousands of systems simulataneously

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    Chef

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Chef is an open source systems integration framework built to bring the benefits of configuration management to your entire infrastructure. You write source code to describe how you want each part of your infrastructure to be built, then apply those descriptions to your servers.

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    Almost everyone thinks Chef is a great alternative to Ansible.

    Jenkins and the other platforms listed are more build tools rather than a server configuration tool.

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  4. pyinfra automates infrastructure super fast at massive scale. It can be used for ad-hoc command execution, service deployment, configuration management and more.

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    pyinfra vs Ansible opinions
    Almost everyone thinks pyinfra is a great alternative to Ansible.
    benpro

    KISS spirit, very powerful and easy to learn.

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    Usable without a PhD in a couple of minutes.

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    Fizzadar

    More powerful (Python configured), faster, better debugging.

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    Nix Package Manager

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD

    Nix is a powerful package manager for macOS, Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible.

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    Terraform

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Tool for building, changing, and versioning infrastructure safely and efficiently. Terraform can manage existing and popular service providers as well as custom in-house solutions.

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    waisbrot

    Terraform is primarilly for creating infrastructure and Ansible is primarilly for configuring machines. Both offer tools in the other's domain and both offerings are disappointing there.

    I've been fairly happy using Terraform to create VMs and then trigger Ansible to configure them.

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    Terraform is for provisioning cloud devices, and Ansible is for bare-metal automation.

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  7. Fabric is a Python library and command-line tool for streamlining the use of SSH for application deployment or systems administration tasks.

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    Most users think Fabric is a great alternative to Ansible.
    2xM

    Only requires SSH and if you're familiar to Python and the command line, you know everything to start automation of administrative tasks on remote hosts.

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    Cobbler

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments.

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    Rudder

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Solaris
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Raspbian

    Rudder is an easy to use, web-driven, role-based solution for Continuous Automation and Compliance. Well established in companies from small to biggest-in-their-field. The biggest known deployment (2016) is about 7000 nodes.

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    Foreman

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Self-Hosted

    Foreman is an open source project that helps system administrators manage servers throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning and configuration to orchestration and monitoring.

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