ARA Records Ansible plugins

pip install ara-plugins==




ARA Records Ansible playbook runs and makes the recorded data available and intuitive for users and systems.

ara-plugins is a component of ARA which provides:

  • An Ansible callback plugin to send Ansible execution data to the ARA API
  • Ansible modules to interact with ARA


ara-plugins is not yet stable and will be shipped as part of a coordinated ARA 1.0 release. It is not currently recommended for production use.

While most of the major work has landed, please keep in mind that we can still introduce backwards incompatible changes until we ship the first release.

You are free to use this project and in fact, you are more than welcome to contribute feedback, bug fixes or improvements !

If you are looking for a stable version of ARA, you can find the latest 0.x version on PyPi and the source is available here.


Documentation is a work in progress.

To install ara-plugins:

pip install git+

Ansible must be configured to know about the location of the plugins in order for them to work.

The location of the plugins will depend on many factors including your version of python, your Linux distribution or whether it's been installed from source, from packages or inside a virtual environment.

ara-plugins provides a command to help you locate its plugins: python -m ara.plugins. This command returns the path of the plugins directory so you don't need to search for it.

The plugin directory location can also be retrieved in python:

import os
from ara.plugins import LOCATION as plugins
# Do something with the location
callback_plugins = os.path.join(plugins, "callback")
action_plugins = os.path.join(plugins, "action")

Here's what your Ansible and ARA configuration might look like in an ansible.cfg file:

# Note: This is an example, use "python -m ara.plugins" to determine the real path
callback_plugins = /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ara/plugins/callback
action_plugins = /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/ara/plugins/action

api_client = http
api_timeout = 30
api_server =

And what the same thing might look like when setting up configuration with environment variables:

export ANSIBLE_CALLBACK_PLUGINS="$(python -m ara.plugins)/callback"
export ANSIBLE_ACTION_PLUGINS="$(python -m ara.plugins)/action"
export ARA_API_CLIENT=http
export ARA_SERVER=


See contributors on GitHub.


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