February 6, 2018 by Greg DeKoenigsberg

2017 Community Post

It's time again for the annual Ansible community review. Let's start again, as we do every year, with a quick look at the numbers.

Debian Popcon

Debian’s Popularity Contest is an opt-in way for Debian users to share information about the software they’re running on their systems.

As with every year, caveats abound with this graph -- but even though it represents only a small sample of the Linux distro world, it’s useful because it’s one of the few places where we can see an apples-to-apples comparison of install bases of various automation tools. Because Ansible is agentless, we compare the Ansible package to the server packages of other configuration management tools. (Chef does not make a Debian package available for Chef server.)

We see that Ansible has continued its steady growth in 2017, increasing its user base here by approximately 50% in the past year.

GitHub Metrics

2017 was a busy year for Ansible on the GitHub front, and in 2017 we caught the notice of GitHub itself. Ansible now has its own top level topic for GitHub searches, and that search reveals over 5000 repositories of Ansible content. We also made the 2017 GitHub Octoverse report, placing in the top ten of all GitHub projects in the categories of:

  • Most Reviewed (4th)
  • Most Discussed (10th)
  • Most Contributors (10th)

Below are graphs for GitHub Stars, Contributors, and Forks.

GitHub Stars

GitHub Contributors

Note: the large jump in Contributors in 2016 is attributable to consolidation of modules into the main Ansible codebase.

GitHub Forks

Ansible Galaxy

Ansible Galaxy is the hub that allows Ansible users to share their roles with the community, and it has grown in size and importance. We crossed over the 10,000 role threshold this past year, with some new feature developments planned for the coming year.

Ansible Meetups

As of right now, there are more than 72,000 members of Ansible meetups around the world, a member increase of more than 50% from the beginning of 2017. Our almost 230 meetup groups around the world held almost 600 meetup events over the course of the last year.

AWX Project

At Ansiblefest San Francisco in September 2017, the Ansible team announced the creation of the AWX Project, the open source upstream project from which the Red Hat Ansible Tower product is derived. The project, still in its infancy, already has almost 476 forks and more than 3,000 stars on GitHub.

Community Working Groups

At the Ansible Contributors Conference in September 2017, we introduced Ansible Community Working Groups, a new way for Ansible community members to self-organize around particular topics of interest to them. In the few months since, we already have a dozen different working groups focused on key areas like Windows, Networking, VMWare, Testing, Outreach, and others.

In Summary

2017 was another year of strong growth for Ansible, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our many enthusiastic users and contributors all over the globe. We’re excited to keep the Ansible community magic going in 2018.




Greg DeKoenigsberg

Greg DeKoenigsberg Greg is the Director of Ansible Community with Red Hat, where he leads the project's relationship with the broader open source community. Greg has over a decade of open source advocacy and community leadership with projects like Fedora and One Laptop Per Child, and on the executive teams of Red Hat Ansible and of open source cloud pioneers Eucalyptus Systems. Greg lives in Durham NC and is on twitter at @gregdek.

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