Ansible Template Module Tutorial – Complete Beginner's Guide


    In this tutorial video I give you a complete beginner’s guide to the super useful Ansible Template Module. You can use the Ansible Template Module to write files to a remote host using the Jinja2 templating language. The Jinja2 templating language lets you write files with dynamic content either based on global variables or host-specific variables. I’ve split this video into sections to make it easier to navigate:

    – 0:27 — Template a Single File (onto a remote host)
    – 3:46 — Set Permissions on Templated Files (includes ownership)
    – 5:53 — Template Multiple Files (onto a remote host)


    Thanks for watching and hope it’s entertaining/useful for you! Hit me up in the comments if you have any questions or feedback 💪.

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    1. Great content, thank you. I have a use case that's slightly more complex, wondering if the template module can help. I'd like to manage the content within a specific section of a configuration file on my Linux servers. Is it possible to search for a specific location within an existing text file and inject a few lines?

    2. so basically using jinja templates have use only if you have different types of host otherwise it is of no use as one can just copy the conf files.
      does sourcing a conf file in the terminal containing password considered a bad security practice or is it alright in production?

    3. Thanks for the video! Amazing content! I've a question – not related to template module. I've a use case of using Ansible to call a REST Api render it in JSON and then extract data from one much needed object out of the data rendered. Just getting started with Ansible. I was thinking I could use the shell module to curl the api in JSON and extract that one object from JSON using JSON parsor. What do you think? Your comment would be appreciated.

    4. If you have the time. I get one error stating: "fatal: [dnsserver]: FAILED! => {"changed": false, "msg": "AnsibleUndefinedVariable: 'dnsserver' is undefined"}" my dnsserver is the variable of my machine. The weird part is that the rest of my playbook is running smoothly (the playbook itself doesn't contain vars either). Now i did this for replacing an nginx configuration file. I'm not including the code because it's almost identical to yours. Do you know where I should look for this problem. Never engaged this before. Thanks beforehand and great video 🙂