Open Source Ansible Alternatives

    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).

    This page was last updated Jul 15, 2021

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      Puppet Data Center Automation Solution helps you save time, gain visibility into your server environment, and ensure consistency across your IT infrastructure.
      Almost everyone thinks Puppet is a great alternative to Ansible.
    1. 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
      Positive comment over 2 years ago

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    2. 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.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

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    3. pyinfra automates infrastructure super fast at massive scale. It can be used for ad-hoc command execution, service deployment, configuration management and more.
      pyinfra vs Ansible opinions
      Almost everyone thinks pyinfra is a great alternative to Ansible.
      Usable without a PhD in a couple of minutes.
      Positive comment 10 months ago

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      benpro KISS spirit, very powerful and easy to learn.
      Positive comment 8 months ago

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      Fizzadar More powerful (Python configured), faster, better debugging.
      Positive comment 12 months ago

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      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

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      Terraform is for provisioning cloud devices, and Ansible is for bare-metal automation.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    4. 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.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

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    5. 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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    6. RunDeck is an open source automation service with a web console, command line tools and a WebAPI. It lets you easily run automation tasks across a set of nodes.
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    7. 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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    8. Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments.
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