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Checkout git repository via SSH - Ansible module git

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

How to checkout git repository via SSH?

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 HTTPS - Ansible module git

Parameters and Return Values

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

The parameter list is pretty wide but I’ll summarize the most useful. The only required parameter is “repo” and “dest”. The “repo” parameter specifies the source repository URL, in our use case, in the SSH way. The “dest” parameter specifies the destination path. The “update” parameter retrieves new revisions from the already synched origin repository. The “key_file” parameter specifies the path in the filesystem where to store the SSH private key. Please note that the SSH private key is a path on the target host. Please note also that the SSH public key needs to be already shared in your Git server.

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


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

- name: git module demo
  hosts: all
    repo: "[email protected]:lucab85/ansible-pilot.git"
    dest: "/home/devops/ansible-pilot"
    sshkey: "~/.ssh/id_rsa"
    - name: ensure git pkg installed
        name: git
        state: present
        update_cache: true
      become: true

    - name: checkout git repo
        repo: "{{ repo }}"
        dest: "{{ dest }}"
        key_file: "{{ sshkey }}"

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