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Streamline Your Ansible Development Process with These Essential DevTools and Projects

Maximize Efficiency and Minimize Errors with VSCode Extension, Language Server, Ansible-Lint, Molecule, Ansible-Navigator, and More!

May 10, 2023
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As an Ansible automation expert, I know how important it is to have efficient tools to make writing and testing Ansible content easier. The Ansible ecosystem provides many tools and resources to streamline the development process, but it can be overwhelming for newcomers to navigate. I’m excited to share some of my favorite projects and tools for creating Ansible content.

VSCode Extension

The Ansible extension for Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is an essential tool for any Ansible developer. This extension provides syntax highlighting, code completion, and other features to enhance your Ansible coding experience. It also includes support for Ansible Vault, making it easy to manage your encrypted data.

Language Server

The Ansible Language Server is a powerful tool that provides intelligent code completion, code navigation, and syntax highlighting for Ansible content. It works by analyzing your Ansible content and providing real-time feedback on syntax errors, making it easier to catch mistakes early in development.


Ansible-Lint is a command-line tool that checks your Ansible content for common issues and errors. It enforces best practices and ensures consistency in your codebase, making it easier to maintain and collaborate on. It can be integrated into your CI/CD pipeline to catch issues before they make it to production.

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Molecule is a tool for testing Ansible roles and collections. It provides an easy-to-use testing framework to validate your Ansible content against different operating systems and configurations. Molecule supports various testing platforms, including Docker, Vagrant, and AWS.


Ansible-Navigator is a command-line interface for exploring Ansible content. It provides a user-friendly way to navigate through playbooks and roles, making it easier to understand complex automation workflows. It also includes a command-line interface for quick access to commonly used Ansible commands.

Other Development Goodies

Many other tools and resources are available to Ansible developers, such as Ansible Galaxy, a repository of pre-built Ansible roles, and Ansible Tower, a web-based interface for managing Ansible content at scale. Additionally, Ansible provides extensive documentation and a vibrant community of developers to answer questions and provide support.


In conclusion, these projects and tools make writing and testing Ansible content easier, enabling developers to create more robust automation workflows. By leveraging the power of these tools, Ansible developers can streamline their workflow, reduce errors, and collaborate more effectively. This article has helped provide an overview of some of the most useful Ansible development tools available.

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