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  • MIT, see LICENSE.md


Vagrant Kitchen is a way to simplify the quick provisioning of an environment for testing ansible playbooks.

The key points are:

  • The Vagrant file is adapted to use an Ansible inventory file

This is done by:

  • The key file in this construct is ./inventory, which normally is a symlink to the file/environment you are currently working on.
  • The Vagrant file calls bin/inventory.rb, which translates the "inventory" file into a JSON structure.
  • The JSON structure is used in the Vagrant file to set up the necessary VMs with the wanted resources (cpus, RAM, IP address, vagrant box image).
Vagrant Kitchen:

+-------------+     +------------------+
| Vagrantfile |---->| bin/inventory.rb |
+-------------+     +------------------+
                      +-------------+            +---------------+
                      |  inventory  | -symlink-> | inventory.soe |
                      +-------------+            +---------------+
Your Ansible              symlink    
repo:                        |
                   | inventory.vagrant |

To make this work, you will need to do the following:

  • Create an inventory file called "inventory" by copying the sample file, or create a soft link to an already existing inventory file
ln -s inventory.soe inventory
  • The inventory file is using ansible inventory "ini" style format. See the content of the template "inventory.soe"
  • The inventory file will need at least the IP address as a host variable for each host.
  • Optional host variables are:

    • vagrant_ram (defaulting to 256)
    • vagrant_image (defaulting to ubuntu/trusty64 if not set)
  • Test that you have a proper inventory file by running:

bin/inventory.py --list

inventory files

Ansible variables to control the Vagrant box

These variables can be used, for example to set the ip to, the box image to soe-linux-kmg, RAM to 512 MB, and the cpu count to 2. The Vagrant box will be fetched from the Hashicorp Atlas repository.

  • ansible_ssh_host=
  • vagrant_image=kmggroup/soe-linux-kmg
  • vagrant_ram=512
  • vagrant_cpu=2

Example (simplified) config:

soe ansible_ssh_host= vagrant_image=kmggroup/soe-linux-kmg vagrant_ram=512 ansible_user=ops





Please note 3 points:

  • The group "ubuntu" is the default group, in which all servers you want to install should be put as well as in the group "vagrant-kitchen".
  • If you want to test ansible scripts that require a server to be member of a group, add the group as seen in the "soe" example above
  • The ansible_ssh_host host variable will set the ip addresses of your servers

If you run ansible scripts from here or from a different place does not matter, as long as you make a symlink to the vagrant-kitchen inventory in your base directory for Ansible (where your group_vars directory is placed).

Example - symlink

malu@kmg-mcp001.local:/Users/malu/dev/vagrant-kitchen $ls -la inventory*
lrwxr-xr-x  1 malu  staff   13 Mar 20 11:53 inventory -> inventory.soe
-rw-r--r--  1 malu  staff  668 Mar 20 11:59 inventory.soe

Example - tie an Ansible repo to a Vagrant Kitchen

cd ~/path/to/my/ansible/repo
ln -s ~/path/to/vagrant-kitchen/inventory inventories/inventory.vagrant

Example - (from a different repo):

cd ~/path/to/my/ansible/repo
ansible-playbook -i ./inventories/inventory.vagrant playbooks/soe-linux.yml