The best open source alternative to Ansible is Puppet, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Ansible and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Ansible are Salt (Free, Open Source), Chef (Free, Open Source), pyinfra (Free, Open Source) and Terraform (Free, Open Source).
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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Chef vs Ansible opinions
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.
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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Terraform vs Ansible opinions
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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.
Positive comment • 6 months ago
Terraform is for provisioning cloud devices, and Ansible is for bare-metal automation.
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.