ShellCheck VS Ansible

Compare ShellCheck vs Ansible and see what are their differences.


ShellCheck, a static analysis tool for shell scripts (by koalaman)


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)
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ShellCheck Ansible
182 147
27,013 50,899
- 0.8%
8.6 9.9
8 days ago 3 days ago
Haskell Python
GNU General Public License v3.0 only GNU General Public License v3.0 only
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Posts with mentions or reviews of ShellCheck. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2021-12-01.


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 2021-12-04.
  • Building Immutable Infrastructure with Packer and GitLab CI
    2 projects | | 4 Dec 2021
    Provisioners are tools that can be used to install software and configure it in generated images. Shell scripts and tools like Ansible, Chef and Puppet can be used for provisioning.
  • Dynamic Inventory Plugin
    1 project | | 2 Dec 2021
  • RHEL and Azure Update Management with local yum repo - Newbie sysadmin needs input on architecture
    1 project | | 29 Nov 2021
    Pick something like ansible, and group your servers by wave. Write one playbook to run updates and either schedule it on a remote server, or run from your workstation. This is do-able in a day, provides the automation you're looking for, and costs nothing. Plus you get the benefits of starting an infrastructure as code library for your internal systems ;).
  • Backup for Linux
    2 projects | | 29 Nov 2021
    For a server, I would consider whether it makes more sense to use tools such as Ansible with which you can perform a new installation quickly and always immediately.
  • Does anyone else find Ansible's docs extremely hard to navigate?
    2 projects | | 19 Nov 2021
    filters and tests are a WIP
  • Stacked changes: how FB and Google engineers stay unblocked and ship faster
    12 projects | | 17 Nov 2021
    As the parent poster well knows (as they invented it) the trick here is that you write your jobs to install from a checkout the CI system does for you.

    is really nice practical example. What it does isn't even really that important; but it runs a simulation of deploying production code in OpenDev. This is a "devel" job, we deliberately test any changes against all the latest HEADS of the master/main/development branches of projects we use. This is a non-voting job -- a heads up that what you're introducing might be fine now, but there is trouble brewing when our dependencies release their next version. Sometimes that's fine and a known issue, or upstream is broken, and other times it's something totally unique and needs to be fixed (this is why, despite AI being able to write code for you, so far the implications of using that code still need a human in the loop :)

    The "required-projects" tells Zuul what repositories this test needs.

    You can clearly see how it handles various projects having "devel", "main" or "master" branches to pull from to get their latest versions.

    In the "vars" you can see we're setting variables that get passed to the job roles flagging "this is the devel job, don't install the latest release but use the source Zuul will checkout for you from here".

    The amazing thing? If I make a change and this job fails, I may debug it and find that it wasn't actually my fault, but something in upstream Ansible committed recently. I can propose the fix upstream. They do all their CI, and that's fine. But I now put in my change comment


    and magically Zuul will recognise that I want to apply that pull request to the Ansible tree in testing and set it up for me (as noted, Zuul can do this for all sorts of systems, not just github). Additionally, Zuul will not merge the change until the dependency is satisfied -- I can NOT commit broken code!

  • Feedback Wanted: New design of Ansible module documentation pages
    2 projects | | 16 Nov 2021
    Thanks for this! I've added it to a general accessibility audit issue we have -
  • Best Manage Dotfiles? Pros and Cons?
    1 project | | 10 Nov 2021
    That being said, my recommendation is to look into Ansible -- It's syntax is trivial and the greatest advantage is that you only need ssh and Python on the remote system and you're good to go. Even if you don't have root access, if you have ssh you should be able to deploy your configuration files. As a templating engine, Ansible uses Jinja2, which is also quite easy to start with.
  • Question about ansibles
    1 project | | 10 Nov 2021
  • Ansible network_cli against an unsupported vendor
    1 project | | 2 Nov 2021
    They are kind of described here -

What are some alternatives?

When comparing ShellCheck and Ansible you can also consider the following projects:

Cloud-Init - unofficial mirror of Ubuntu's cloud-init

pyinfra - pyinfra automates infrastructure super fast at massive scale. It can be used for ad-hoc command execution, service deployment, configuration management and more.

Fabric - Simple, Pythonic remote execution and deployment.

Home Manager using Nix - Manage a user environment using Nix [[email protected]]

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

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

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

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

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

Pulumi - Pulumi - Modern Infrastructure as Code. Any cloud, any language ๐Ÿš€

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

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