Master to Install AWX in 5 Minutes on Centos, Linux or Unix

AWX is a Graphical User Interface for Ansible. Here are the detailed steps to install AWX on Centos.

Install Ansible Core

sudo yum -y update
sudo yum -y install epel-repo
sudo yum -y update
sudo yum -y install ansible

Install other required packages

sudo yum -y install git gcc gcc-c++ nodejs gettext device-mapper-persistent-data lvm2 bzip2 python3-pip wget nano libseccomp

Install Docker

sudo yum install -y yum-utils
sudo yum-config-manager --add-repo https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
sudo yum install docker-ce docker-ce-cli containerd.io docker-buildx-plugin docker-compose-plugin

Install setuptools_rust, wheel and docker-compose from pip3

pip3 install setuptools_rust
pip3 install wheel
pip3 install docker-compose
pip3 install docker
pip3 install docker-py

Start and Enable Docker

sudo systemctl start docker
sudo systemctl enable docker

Clone AWX Source code from github

cd ~
git clone -b 17.1.0 https://github.com/ansible/awx.git
cd awx

Edit the ~awx/installer/inventory file and uncomment the lines as shown below

admin_password=Admin@123
secret_key=Admin@123
pg_database=awx
pg_password=Admin@123
awx_alternate_dns_servers="8.8.8.8,8.8.4.4"
postgres_data_dir="/var/lib/awx/pgdocker"
docker_compose_dir="/var/lib/awx/awxcompose"
project_data_dir="/var/lib/awx/projects"

Install AWX by running the playbook

ansible-playbook -i ~/awx/installer/inventory ~/awx/installer/install.yml

Check if docker processes are running

docker ps

Open Firewall Ports

You may need to open firewall ports to allow AWX web interface to be accessed from outside this server.

firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-masquerade --permanent
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=http
firewall-cmd --permanent --add-service=https
firewall-cmd --reload

Open AWX User Interface

open the URL on the browser:

  • <ip address or hostname>:80/

Stopping AWX Services

docker container stop awx_task awx_web awx_redis awx_postgres

Starting AWX Services

docker container start awx_postgres awx_redis awx_task awx_web

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