One loop over multiple Ansible tasks

Question:

I’ve created an Ansible playbook that creates a cloud instance and then installs some programs on the instance. I want to run this playbook multiple times (without using a bash script). Is it possible to use a loop to loop over those two tasks together (I.E. One loop for two tasks?). All I’ve been able to find so far is one loop for each individual task

Answer:

No that’s currently not possible. with_items used to work with the include statement in previous versions of Ansible but was unfortunately dropped.

Though it will be brought back in Ansible 2.0, see slide 14/15 of What’s New in v2 – AnsibleFest London 2015

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You could try to work with the v2 branch from github, the feature should be available in there.

What you can do with 1.9.1 is to move your tasks into a role and reference this role multiple times in your playbook.

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