What’s ARA ?

ARA Records Ansible playbooks and makes them easier to understand and troubleshoot.


ARA saves playbook results to a local or remote database by using an Ansible callback plugin and provides an API to integrate this data in tools and interfaces.

  • For the API as well as the Ansible components, see ara
  • For the web client interface, see ara-web

ARA is simple and easy to use

Simplicity is a core feature in ARA. It does one thing and it does it well: reporting on your Ansible playbooks.

Here’s how you can get started from scratch with sane defaults:

# Create a python3 virtual environment and activate it so we don't conflict
# with system or distribution packages
python3 -m venv ~/.ara/virtualenv
source ~/.ara/virtualenv/bin/activate

# Install Ansible, ARA and it's API server dependencies
pip install ansible ara[server]

# Tell Ansible to use the ARA callback plugin
export ANSIBLE_CALLBACK_PLUGINS="$(python -m ara.setup.callback_plugins)"

# Run your playbook as usual
ansible-playbook playbook.yml

If nothing went wrong, your playbook data should have been saved in a local database at ~/.ara/server/ansible.sqlite.

You can browse this data through the API by executing ara-manage runserver and pointing your browser at

That’s it !

Live demos

You can find live demos deployed by the built-in ara_api and ara_web Ansible roles at https://api.demo.recordsansible.org and https://web.demo.recordsansible.org.

ARA is free and open source

ARA is free and open source under the GPLv3 license.

The code review and CI infrastructure is hosted by OpenDev.

You can participate in code reviews and learn how you can contribute your first patch in the contributors documentation.

ARA is tested, stable and production ready

Each new commit to ARA is gated against a series of unit and integration tests against different Linux distributions and versions of Ansible in order to prevent regressions.

ARA is used to record more than a million playbooks a month from the OpenStack community alone.

It works.

ARA is offline and decentralized by default

Running Ansible from your laptop ? No problem.

You can browse your ARA reports locally from a sqlite database without ever leaving the comfort of localhost.

Need to aggregate data from multiple locations ? You can run an API server and hook it up to a database engine like PostgreSQL or MySQL.