Ansible VS Cloud-Init

Compare Ansible vs Cloud-Init and see what are their differences.


Ansible is a radically simple IT automation platform that makes your applications and systems easier to deploy and maintain. Automate everything from code deployment to network configuration to cloud management, in a language that approaches plain English, using SSH, with no agents to install on remote systems. (by ansible)


unofficial mirror of Ubuntu's cloud-init (by number5)
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Ansible Cloud-Init
382 2
59,415 207
0.7% -
9.7 0.0
about 22 hours ago 2 days ago
Python Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 or later
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For example, an activity of 9.0 indicates that a project is amongst the top 10% of the most actively developed projects that we are tracking.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Ansible. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-12-06.
  • ansible builder collections path
    2 projects | /r/ansible | 6 Dec 2023
  • The Bullhorn #119 (Ansible Newsletter)
    5 projects | /r/ansible | 8 Oct 2023
    Ansible-Core β†—
  • uyuni – open-source configuration and infrastructure management
    3 projects | | 17 Jul 2023
    IBM -> RedHat -> Ansible (

    I think the new ansible docs are opaque, and the new "everything is an ansible collection" scheme makes troubleshooting any issues reported by users hundreds of times harder than "the old days"

    I keep this ( bookmarked because it's the only way to match up what "ansible 8.1.0" ( even means since it for damn sure not any of this: (they used to have a 'release' pinned on that releases tab saying "these are not the droids you are looking for"). I believe I tried asking for them to update the completely erroneous pypi "source code" link to point to that repo and ... well, one can see how well that turned out

  • Wie erstellt ihr IT-Dokumentationen?
    2 projects | /r/de_EDV | 13 Jul 2023
  • The Bullhorn #108 (Ansible Newsletter)
    11 projects | /r/ansible | 10 Jul 2023
    On Monday, July 10, 2023, all RST source for Ansible community documentation will move from ansible/docs/docsite to the ansible/ansible-documentation repository. If you want to find out more or have any concerns, come let us know in the docs channel on Matrix.
  • ansible role for i2pd
    2 projects | /r/i2p | 2 Jul 2023
    I created an ansible role for i2pd. Basically, this allows system administrators who want to take part in the I2P network to automate i2pd deployment.
  • The Bullhorn #107 (Ansible Newsletter)
    5 projects | /r/ansible | 30 Jun 2023
    This change will take place on July 10, 2023. As a result, all RST source for Ansible community documentation will move from ansible/docs/docsite to the ansible/ansible-documentation repository. If you have any comments or concerns, please join us in the docs channel on Matrix and give us your feedback.
  • How popular are libraries in each technology
    21 projects | | 21 Jun 2023
    Other popular DevOps tools include Docker, Jenkins, and Ansible. Docker is a platform that allows developers to package applications and their dependencies into containers that can be easily deployed to any environment. Jenkins is an open-source automation server that enables developers to automate the building, testing, and deployment of software. Ansible is an open-source automation tool that enables developers to automate the configuration and management of IT infrastructure.
  • Ansible?
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 4 Jun 2023
    This might be a good start:
  • The Bullhorn #104 (Ansible Newsletter)
    9 projects | /r/ansible | 3 Jun 2023
    We've been around a while, and while automation is clearly central, we have a variety of statements like "a radically simple IT automation system", "Automation for everyone", or "open-source automation that is simple, flexible, and powerful". We called out "fragmentation" in the community strategy, and this is a great example of it in action - we're not being consistent in our message.


Posts with mentions or reviews of Cloud-Init. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects.

We haven't tracked posts mentioning Cloud-Init yet.
Tracking mentions began in Dec 2020.

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Ansible and Cloud-Init you can also consider the following projects:

pyinfra - pyinfra automates infrastructure using Python. It’s fast and scales from one server to thousands. Great for ad-hoc command execution, service deployment, configuration management and more.

Home Manager using Nix - Manage a user environment using Nix [maintainer=@rycee]

Fabric - Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment.

cloudinit - Official upstream for the cloud-init: cloud instance initialization

Docker Compose - Define and run multi-container applications with Docker

Pulumi - Pulumi - Infrastructure as Code in any programming language. Build infrastructure intuitively on any cloud using familiar languages πŸš€

(R)?ex - Rex, the friendly automation framework

pexpect - A Python module for controlling interactive programs in a pseudo-terminal

GNU Stow - GNU Stow - mirror of savannah git repository occasionally with more bleeding-edge branches

psutil - Cross-platform lib for process and system monitoring in Python

ansible-pfsense - Ansible modules for managing pfSense firewalls

SaltStack - Software to automate the management and configuration of any infrastructure or application at scale. Get access to the Salt software package repository here: