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# Ansible Droplet
`ansible-droplet` is a cli tool to easily create _ready-to-use_ droplets on Digital Ocean.
> ## Important Note
> Use a **python 2** virtualenv.
> Not compatible with **python 3** for now
* Create **ready-to-use** Ubuntu Droplet on Digital Ocean
* One **simple** command: `ansible-droplet create my_droplet`
* SSH to it with its **name**: `ssh my_droplet`
* Access it in any other _ansible playbook_ via its **name**: `- hosts: my_droplet`
* And more:
* New sudo user automatically created
* Swap added (configurable)
* DigitalOcean advanced metrics enabled
* `glances` server running to monitor the Droplet from outside
## Installation
**Important Note:** For now only `python 2` is supported
pip install ansible-droplet
> Use a `virtualenv` or install with `pip install ansible-droplet --user`
> Note:
> If installing with `sudo`, all the following `ansible-droplet` commands must be executed with `sudo` as well !
> To prevent that, use a [virtualenv](
## Usage
### One time setup
Before using the tool, a simple _one-time-setup_ must be done.
### Resources
1. Make sure you have a **`ssh` public key**, or [generate one](
1. Make sure you have a **Digital Ocean API token**, or [generate one](
1. **Store in a file** the Digital Ocean API token in clear<sup>[1](#f1)</sup>
1. Note down:
* _Path_ to your **ssh public key**
* _Path_ to the file containing the **Digital Ocean API token**
1. Run `ansible-droplet config` see below for more detail on the config parameters
Glances as systemd service:
### Create
ansible-droplet create my_droplet
##### Creation process
* **Create a new Droplet** on your Ditigal Ocean Account
* **Set it up** with: Swap, new sudo user, glances server
* **Create a SSH entry** in your `~/.ssh/config` to be able to ssh directly with its name: `ssh my_droplet`
* **Create a ansible inventory entry** in `~/.ansible-droplet-inventory`
### Destroy
ansible-droplet destroy my_droplet
##### Destruction process
* **Destroy the Droplet** from your Ditigal Ocean Account
* **Remove the SSH entry** from your `~/.ssh/config` to be able to ssh directly with its name: `ssh my_droplet`
* **Remove the ansible inventory entry** from `~/.ansible-droplet-inventory`
## Advanced Usage
### Config parameters
When running `ansible-droplet config` a couple of parameters must be provided:
* **Path to SSH key**:
No brainer, the path to your SSH public key.
_Default: `~/.ssh/`_
* **Name of SSH key on Digital Ocean**:
To prevent uploading the public keys each time, Digital Ocean offers to store them under a name. It can be anything.
_Default: `Main SSH Key`_
* **Path to Ditigal Ocean token**:
The path to the file containing your Digital Ocean token in plain text.
_No defaults_
* **User on Droplet - Username:**
Username for the sudo user being created on the Droplet.
_No defaults_
* **User on Droplet - Default Password:**
Default password for the sudo user being created on the Droplet.
_No defaults_
_Do not forget to change it after the first login!_
### Droplet specs
You can specify the droplet size and specs when creating a new droplet.
Simply list it after the droplet name:
ansible-droplet create my_droplet SPEC_NAME
For now, only 3 specs are supported<sup>[2](#f2)</sup>:
* **Micro**
* size: "512mb"
* region: "fra1"
* image: "ubuntu-16-04-x64"
* swap: "4GiB"
* **Mini**
* size: "1gb"
* region: "fra1"
* image: "ubuntu-16-04-x64"
* swap: "4GiB"
* **Power**
* size: "4gb"
* region: "fra1"
* image: "ubuntu-16-04-x64"
* swap: "4GiB"
The list of specification are stored on the repository: [Droplet Specs](
### Ansible Droplet Inventory
It is possible to access the Droplet from any other ansible playbook via its **name**:
- hosts: my_droplet
For that purpose the file `~/.ansible-droplet-inventory` is created.
`~/.ansible-droplet-inventory` contains ansible inventory entries for each Droplet created with the `ansible-droplet` tool.
To use the droplet in a playbook, either:
* Point your _inventory_ to the `~/.ansible-droplet-inventory` file
* Point your _inventory_ to a directory containing a symlink to the `~/.ansible-droplet-inventory` file
From there you can reference the Droplet directly by name.
### Multiple configuration - Multiple Digital Ocean accounts
You can use multiple configurations to support:
* Multiple **DigitalOcean accounts**
* Multiple **SHH Keys**
* Multiple **default user/password**
The configuration generated by `ansible-droplet config` is kept in the installation directory.
To allow multiple configs, simply **install multiple versions of `ansible-droplet` in different _virtualenvs_**<sup>[3](#f3)</sup>
1. <span id="f1"></span>Yes, this is a security concern. Feel free to open a pull request.
2. <span id="f2"></span>For now, the addition of new droplet specs is not supported. Again, pull requests are welcome :)
3. <span id="f3"></span>This is not optimal... You know what to do ;)
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