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Ansible troubleshooting - Ansible Galaxy Installation Issues The Case of the Missing Amazon.AWS Collection

Solving the Mystery of the Missing Amazon.AWS Collection in Ansible Galaxy

February 3, 2024
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In the world of automation and cloud infrastructure, Ansible has emerged as a powerful tool, enabling system administrators and DevOps professionals to streamline their workflows and manage complex environments with ease. One of the features that makes Ansible particularly powerful is Ansible Galaxy, a repository for sharing and managing Ansible roles and collections. However, as with any sophisticated technology, users may sometimes encounter challenges. A common issue is the failure to install specific roles from Ansible Galaxy, as illustrated by the error encountered when attempting to install the role.

Understanding the Problem

When attempting to install the role from Ansible Galaxy using the command ansible-galaxy install, users may encounter an error message indicating that the role was not found on Ansible Galaxy’s official repository. This error can be frustrating and may hinder progress, especially when the role is critical for managing AWS resources in Ansible playbooks.

Error Analysis

The error message provides several key pieces of information:

This situation typically arises due to one of the following reasons:

  1. Incorrect Role Name: The role name specified in the command might be incorrect or misspelled.
  2. Role Availability: The role may no longer be available or has been moved to a different namespace within Ansible Galaxy.
  3. Connectivity Issues: Network issues could prevent access to the Ansible Galaxy API.
$ ansible-galaxy install
Starting galaxy role install process
- downloading role 'aws', owned by amazon
[WARNING]: - was NOT installed successfully: - sorry, was not
found on
ERROR! - you can use --ignore-errors to skip failed roles and finish processing the list.

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Troubleshooting Steps

To address this issue, consider the following troubleshooting steps:

  1. Verify Role Name and Namespace: Ensure that the role name and owner (namespace) are correctly specified. Role names or namespaces might change, so it’s a good practice to search for the role on the Ansible Galaxy website to confirm its existence and correct naming.

  2. Check Ansible Galaxy Status: Visit the Ansible Galaxy website or status page to ensure the service is operational. Sometimes, downtime or maintenance activities could temporarily affect availability.

  3. Use the Correct Version of Ansible: Make sure you’re using a version of Ansible that supports the role or collection you’re trying to install. Compatibility issues might prevent the installation of certain roles.

  4. Explore Alternative Sources: If the role is essential and cannot be found on Ansible Galaxy, consider looking for alternative sources. The role’s GitHub repository, if available, could be a valuable resource. You can install roles directly from GitHub using the ansible-galaxy install git+URL command.

  5. Community and Documentation: Utilize the Ansible community forums, mailing lists, or Stack Overflow for assistance. Often, others have encountered similar issues, and solutions are readily available. Additionally, consult the official Ansible documentation for guidance on managing roles and collections.

$ ansible-galaxy collection install
Starting galaxy collection install process
[WARNING]: Error parsing collection metadata requires_ansible value from collection
prometheus.prometheus: Invalid specifier: '2.9'
Process install dependency map
Starting collection install process
Downloading to /Users/lberton/.ansible/tmp/ansible-local-94460hj40664m/tmp2k157ter/amazon-aws-7.2.0-g42hnfpd
Installing '' to '/Users/lberton/.ansible/collections/ansible_collections/amazon/aws' was installed successfully


While encountering errors during role installation can be a setback, it also serves as an opportunity to explore the robustness of Ansible and its community-driven support ecosystem. By following systematic troubleshooting steps, users can resolve issues efficiently and continue to leverage Ansible’s power to automate and manage cloud environments effectively. Remember, the strength of tools like Ansible lies not only in their technical capabilities but also in the community and resources available to support them.

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