9.1 - AWX Installation

AWX only supports containerized installations via OpenShift, Kubernetes or Docker Compose. We have chosen to use Docker Compose to run AWX on control0 in this techlab.

CentOS 8 doesn’t provide an easy way to install AWX – we have to solve some problems first:

  • According to AWX issue 3998 the current AWX version relies on native Docker and cannot be deployed with Podman.
  • Our techlab infrastructure is based on CentOS 8 which does not include Docker by default.
  • Even with the official Docker CE repository the docker-ce package cannot be installed due to version conflicts with the containerd.io package.
  • A possible solution is to install an older version of Docker CE using yum install with the --nobest switch.
  • As this swith is not supported by Ansible’s yum module we need to create some “hacks” with the command module.

Task 1

  • Create a playbook prepare_for_awx.yml that should run on the controller node.
  • That playbook should first check that at least 4GB of main memory are available on the machine control0.
  • It should than install the following packages: epel-release, git and python3-pip.

Task 2

  • Extend prepare_for_awx.yml:
    • It should add the Docker CE repository https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo to /etc/yum.repos.d/
    • Install docker-ce by running yum -y install --nobest docker-ce in a command module.
    • To make this idempotend, first check if it is already installed. Take care to return proper “changed” info. Use the command module.
    • Start and enable dockerd.
    • Add the user ansible to the docker group.

Task 3

  • Extend prepare_for_awx.yml:
    • Install Docker Compose via the Python package manager (pip).
    • Use the Ansible module pip.

Task 4

  • Extend prepare_for_awx.yml:
    • Clone the AWX source from GitHub.
    • Use Ansible’s git module to store the cloned repo under /home/ansible/techlab/awx/.
    • Choose a dedicaded version (i.e. 14.0.0), take a look at [AWX Releases]/https://github.com/ansible/awx/releases) for the current stable version.
    • Make sure that the directory with the AWX sources is readable and writable by the user ansible.

Task 5

  • Activate the docker group for current user: Log out and log in again as user ansible to control0.
  • Change directry to /home/ansible/techlab/awx/installer
  • Optional: Edit the file inventory and change the values of admin_user and admin_password (or keep the defaults: “admin” and “password”).
  • Run the installer: ansible-playbook -i inventory install.yml
  • With your Web Browser connect to http://. You should see a login form and be able to log in.


$ cat prepare_for_awx.yml
- name: prepare for awx installation
  hosts: controller
  become: yes
    - name: check that at least 4GB are available
      when: ansible_memtotal_mb < 3900
    - name: install required software
          - epel-release
          - git
          - python3-pip
        state: latest

$ cat prepare_for_awx.yml
    - name: add the Docker CE repository
        url: https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
        dest: /etc/yum.repos.d/docker-ce.repo
    - name: check if docker-ce is already installed
      command: rpm -qi docker-ce
      register: rpm_out
      ignore_errors: true
      changed_when: false
    - name: install docker-ce
      command: yum -y install --nobest docker-ce
      when: rpm_out.rc != 0
    - name: start and enable dockerd
        name: docker
        enabled: yes
        state: started
    - name: add the user ansible to the docker group
        name: ansible
        groups: docker
        append: yes

$ cat prepare_for_awx.yml
    - name: install Docker Compose via the Python package manager
        name: docker-compose

$ cat prepare_for_awx.yml
    - name: clone the AWX sources
        repo: https://github.com/ansible/awx.git
        dest: /home/ansible/techlab/awx
        version: 14.0.0
      become: no

$ logout 
Connection to closed.
$ ssh ansible@
ansible@'s password: ********
$ groups
ansible docker
$ cd /home/ansible/techlab/awx/installer/
$ vim inventory #  change admin_user and admin_password
$ ansible-playbook -i inventory install.yml

PLAY [Build and deploy AWX] ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [Gathering Facts] ***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]

TASK [check_vars : include_tasks] ************************************************************************************************************************************************************
skipping: [localhost]
TASK [local_docker : Start the containers] ***************************************************************************************************************************************************
changed: [localhost]

TASK [local_docker : Update CA trust in awx_web container] ***********************************************************************************************************************************
changed: [localhost]

TASK [local_docker : Update CA trust in awx_task container] **********************************************************************************************************************************
changed: [localhost]

PLAY RECAP ***********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************
localhost                  : ok=16   changed=8    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=86   rescued=0    ignored=0   

Go to and enter admin name and password:

AWX Login