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Dimitrios Filippou
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Hassle-free docker installations with Ansible on Ubuntu 22.04

🚀 Automating Docker CE Installation on Ubuntu with Ansible 🚀

Greetings DEV community! 👋 I wanted to share a quick guide on automating the installation of Docker CE across various Ubuntu Linux machines, regardless of their hosting environment (AWS, Azure, etc.).

The versatility of this automated process not only simplifies the installation but also enhances scalability, making it an invaluable resource for system administrators and developers in diverse cloud environments.

Why Ansible?

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Ansible is the secret sauce behind this seamless automation. It's a powerful open-source tool designed to simplify complex IT tasks, configuration management, and application deployment. With its agentless architecture and human-readable scripts (written in YAML) called playbooks, Ansible empowers both developers and system administrators.

By automating routine tasks, Ansible boosts operational efficiency, reduces errors, and ensures consistency across systems. Whether it's configuring servers, deploying applications, or managing network devices, Ansible is a game-changer in modern IT environments.

Simplify with Ansible

While you could manually follow Docker's documentation here for installation, things get tricky when managing multiple installations across various inventories. Here's where Ansible shines, simplifying the process and ensuring a smooth setup.

Bonus: Ansible Semaphore

For those who appreciate a graphical user interface (GUI) to streamline processes and organize playbooks, consider checking out "Ansible Semaphore" at This tool isn't mandatory, but it significantly improves the overall experience. Watch this video for more insights.


Ansible's yaml approach is so readable that I'm just going to dump everything here without breaking it down, so here's a complete version of the Ansible playbook:

- name: Install Docker (including compose)
  hosts: all
  become: true

    - name: Update apt cache
        update_cache: yes

    - name: Install dependencies via apt
          - ca-certificates
          - curl
          - gnupg

    - name: Add Docker's official GPG key
        state: present

    - name: Add Docker's APT repository
        repo: deb [arch=amd64] {{ ansible_lsb.codename }} stable
        state: present

    - name: Update apt cache
        update_cache: yes

    - name: Install Docker
          - docker-ce
          - docker-ce-cli
          - docker-buildx-plugin
          - docker-compose-plugin
        state: present

    - name: Add user to Docker group
        name: root # Please use another user, not root :-)
        append: yes
        groups: docker
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Thanks for reading! Feel free to reach out to me for any questions or just have a chat. 🚀 #DevOps #Automation #Docker #Ansible

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