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Backup Config on Mikrotik RouterOS - Ansible Network community.routeros

How to automate network device configuration backup for Mikrotik RouterOS network appliances connecting via SSH protocol using the username and password credentials and save it to a file using Ansible Network community.routeros collection.

How to Backup Config on Mikrotik RouterOS with Ansible?

Maintaining a backup copy of your network appliance configuration is a good practice for all IT Professionals. You could automate this process for Mikrotik RouterOS appliances using Ansible. I’m going to show you a live demo with some simple Ansible code. I’m Luca Berton and welcome to today’s episode of Ansible Pilot.

Ansible Backup Config on Mikrotik RouterOS

Let’s talk about the Ansible collection community.routeros. The full name is community.routeros, which means that is an Ansible Network Collection designed to interact with Mikrotik RouterOS devices. It contains modules for MikroTik RouterOS.


How to Backup Config on Mikrotik RouterOS with Ansible Playbook. I’m going to show how to back up the current configuration of a Mikrotik RouterOS connecting via SSH protocol using the username and password credentials and save it to a file with the device name and timestamp.



- name: Backup Mikrotik
  hosts: mikrotik
  gather_facts: false
    backup_dir: "/home/luca/network/backup"
    - name: Export >-
                sshpass -p '{{ ansible_password }}' ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no {{ ansible_user }}@{{ inventory_hostname }} /export
      register: export
      delegate_to: localhost

   - name: Backup
        content: "{{ export.stdout }}"
        dest: "{{ backup_dir }}/{{ inventory_hostname }}_config.{{ lookup('pipe', 'date +%Y-%m-%[email protected]%H:%M:%S') }}"
      when: export is defined
      delegate_to: localhost
  - name: community.routeros

requirements setup

$ ansible-galaxy install -r requirements.yml 
Starting galaxy collection install process
Process install dependency map
Starting collection install process
Downloading to /home/luca/.ansible/tmp/ansible-local-47086a9aez7_s/tmpqz_6puy_/community-routeros-2.0.0-hlve2za9
Installing 'community.routeros:2.0.0' to '/home/luca/.ansible/collections/ansible_collections/community/routeros'
community.routeros:2.0.0 was installed successfully
'ansible.netcommon:3.0.0' is already installed, skipping.
'ansible.utils:2.6.1' is already installed, skipping.
[email protected]:~/network$ ansible-galaxy collection list
# /home/luca/.ansible/collections/ansible_collections
Collection         Version
------------------ -------
ansible.netcommon  3.0.0  
ansible.utils      2.6.1  
community.routeros 2.0.0


$ ansible-playbook -i inventory backup_mikrotik.yml
PLAY [Backup Mikrotik] ****************************************************************************
TASK [Export] *************************************************************************************
changed: [ -> localhost]
TASK [Backup] *************************************************************************************
changed: [ -> localhost]
PLAY RECAP ****************************************************************************************               : ok=2    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0

before execution

[email protected]:~/network$ pwd
[email protected]:~/network$ ls
backup_mikrotik.yml  inventory requirements.yml
[email protected]:~/network$ ansible --version
ansible [core 2.12.4]
  config file = /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg
  configured module search path = ['/home/luca/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
  ansible python module location = /usr/lib/python3/dist-packages/ansible
  ansible collection location = /home/luca/.ansible/collections:/usr/share/ansible/collections
  executable location = /usr/bin/ansible
  python version = 3.8.10 (default, Mar 15 2022, 12:22:08) [GCC 9.4.0]
  jinja version = 2.10.1
  libyaml = True

after execution

$ ls -al backup
total 16
drwxrwxr-x 2 luca luca 4096 May  5 15:29 .
drwxr-xr-x 3 luca luca 4096 May  5 15:28 ..
-rw-rw-r-- 1 luca luca 2076 May  5 15:28 [email protected]:28:55
-rw-rw-r-- 1 luca luca 2076 May  5 15:29 [email protected]:29:19
[email protected]:~/network$ file backup/*
backup/[email protected]:28:55: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators
backup/[email protected]:29:19: ASCII text, with CRLF line terminators

code with ❤️ in GitHub


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