Connecting to Vagrant directly with Ansible
Recently I was trying to connect to Vagrant using Ansible. Normally I’d use
vagrant provision, but
in this case I needed to build some Docker containers. So the question was how do I
connect to Vagrant without using
Turns out the ssh config connection settings can viewed using
vagrant ssh-config. This means you
could pipe the output to a file and then use
ssh -F vagrant-ssh default where
default is the default
SSH shortcut name. For example if you were using Vagrant multi-machine, you’d probably have different
names than default.
With that knowledge, I realized that I could modify the inventory file with custom Ansible SSH settings for the Vagrant host.
[vagrant] default ansible_ssh_common_args="-F .vagrant-ssh" ansible_user=vagrant
This is great. Now I can connect to my Vagrant VM using Ansible.
I felt like this was enough, but I had some concerns that the Vagrant SSH config settings could change, so
I wanted to ensure the
.vagrant-ssh file would always be the up-to-date.
This turned out to be pretty easy. I just had to run a shell command at the start of the playbook each time from the local Ansible connection.
[local] localhost ansible_connection=local [vagrant] default ansible_ssh_common_args="-F .vagrant-ssh" ansible_user=vagrant
--- - hosts: local gather_facts: false tasks: - name: Ensure the .vagrant-ssh settings are up to date shell: vagrant ssh-config > .vagrant-ssh args: chdir: "/.." - hosts: vagrant gather_facts: false roles: # Add roles here