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Open Source Ansible Alternatives

The best open source alternative to Ansible is Puppet. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 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, pyinfra, Chef and Nix Package Manager.

Ansible alternatives are mainly Server Management Tools but may also be Package Managers or Network Monitors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Ansible.
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  • Windows
  • Linux
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  1. Puppet icon

    Puppet

    • FreemiumOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    48 alternatives to Puppet 

    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.
  2. Salt icon

    Salt

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    39 alternatives to Salt 

    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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    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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    pyinfra

    • Linux
    • BSD
    9 alternatives to pyinfra 

    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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    1.  Command line interfacepyinfra either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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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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    Guest

    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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    Chef

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    43 alternatives to Chef 

    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.
    Guest

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

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    Nix Package Manager

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    30 alternatives to Nix Package Manager 

    Nix is a powerful package manager for macOS, Linux and other Unix systems that makes package management reliable and reproducible. It provides atomic upgrades and rollbacks, side-by-side installation of multiple versions of a package, multi-user package management and easy setup...

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    chezmoi

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD
    7 alternatives to chezmoi 

    Dotfiles manager through a version control system.

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    1.  Git Supportchezmoi supports Git, a free and open source distributed version control system.
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    Terraform

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    14 alternatives to Terraform 

    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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    Guest

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

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    Cobbler

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    22 alternatives to Cobbler 

    Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments. It glues together and automates many associated Linux tasks so you do not have to hop between lots of various commands and applications when rolling out new systems, and, in...

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    Fabric

    • Linux
    • BSD
    26 alternatives to Fabric 

    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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    Rudder

    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • Solaris
    • Software as a Service (SaaS)
    • Raspbian
    13 alternatives to Rudder 

    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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