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Encryption In Ansible

Encryption in Ansible

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In the last blog post, we have discussed tests in Ansible.

In this blog post, we will discuss encryption in Ansible.

Ansible Vault:

Ansible Vault is a feature of ansible that allows you to keep sensitive data such as passwords or keys in encrypted files, rather than as plaintext in playbooks or roles. These vault files can then be distributed or placed in source control. Ansible provides command-line utility ansible-vault to encrypt and decrypt files in ansible vault. Using ansible vault, you can encrypt and decrypt files and variables and later use them in your playbook or role. Ansible encrypts your file using AES256 algorithm.

Ansible vault supports vault id and password. A vault ID is an identifier for one or more vault secrets; Ansible supports multiple vault passwords. Vault IDs provide labels to distinguish between individual vault passwords. To use vault IDs, you must provide an ID label of your choosing and a source to obtain its password (either prompt or a file path).

Next, we are going to explain encryption and decryption in ansible using a demo.

Ansible Vault Demo:

Create an encrypted file using ansible-vault

View the content of an encrypted file

Edit the encrypted file using ansible-vault

Create an encrypted file using vault id

Encrypt existing files using ansible-vault

Change your vault password

Note: Vault password must be the same for all files to reset at once. Or you can reset password individually.

Decrypt an encrypted file using ansible-vault

Encrypt a specific string using ansible-vault

Using ansible-vault with ansible-playbook

Use a file to pass ansible-vault password

Hope you have enjoyed this article. In the next blog post, we will discuss roles in Ansible.

To get more details on Ansible, please refer below Ansible documentation.