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Checkout git repository via HTTPS - Ansible module git

How to checkout a git repository via HTTPS using Ansible module git.

August 10, 2021
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How to checkout git repository via HTTPS?

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 checkout git repository

Today we’re talking about Ansible module git. The full name is ansible.builtin.git which means is part of the collection of modules “builtin” with ansible and shipped with it. This module is pretty stable and out for years. The purpose is to Deploy software (or files) from git checkouts in our managed hosts. If you would like to fetch via SSH please refer to: Checkout git repository SSH - Ansible module git

Parameters and Return Values

The parameter list is pretty wide but I’ll summarize the most useful.

The only required parameters are “repo” and “dest”.

“repo” specifies the source repository URL.

“dest” specify the destination path.

The “update” retrieves new revisions from the already synched origin repository.

The most interesting return value is “after” which contains the last commit after the update process.

Demo

Let’s jump in a real-life playbook to checkout a git repository with Ansible

---
- name: git module demo
  hosts: all
  become: true
  tasks:
    - name: ensure git pkg installed
      ansible.builtin.yum:
        name: git
        state: present

    - name: checkout git repo
      ansible.builtin.git:
        repo: https://github.com/lucab85/ansible-pilot.git
        dest: /home/devops/ansible-pilot

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