Girder is packaged for provisioning through the popular IT automation tool Ansible.

Specifically, Girder is available as an Ansible role to be fetched through Ansible Galaxy. This allows for a user to point their own Ansible playbook at a number of servers and deploy Girder with a single command. Provided in Girder are a number of example playbooks to demonstrate various ways Girder can be deployed using Ansible.

To test these roles, one can use Vagrant with any of our playbooks to deploy Girder to a live machine.


Our playbooks are only currently supporting Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7, and require Ansible >= 2.1.1.

Example: Deploying Girder with NGINX to a VirtualBox

Assuming a working copy of Girder is in your current directory:

GIRDER_EXAMPLE=girder-nginx vagrant up


A full list of examples that can be used exist in devops/ansible/examples.

After a few minutes of running you should have a functioning Girder instance sitting behind an NGINX proxy at http://localhost:9080.

Additionally, our examples support running on a CentOS 7 virtual machine. The above example can be executed on such a machine by running the following command:

GIRDER_EXAMPLE=girder-nginx VAGRANT_BOX=centos/7


The centos/7 box requires guest additions in order to work with shared folders. This means you may need the vagrant-vbguest plugin.

Using Ansible outside of Vagrant

Our Vagrantfile configures Ansible to make the process seamless, but there are a few differences when using Ansible outside of the context of a Vagrant machine.

Namely, the role that Vagrant uses is referred to by the folder name “girder” because you happen to have a working copy of Girder checked out, but this isn’t required. By specifying the namespaced Ansible Galaxy version of Girder in your playbook and requirements file, the role will be fetched automatically.

Using Ansible to configure a running Girder instance

The Girder role also provides a fully fledged Ansible client to configure Girder in a declarative manner.

For details on usage, see the documentation on the Girder Ansible client.

See also

The girder-configure-lib example demonstrates usage of the Girder Ansible client.


How do I control the user that Girder runs under?

The Ansible playbook assumes that the user being used to provision the machine is the user which Girder will run as. This greatly simplifies the role logic and reduces problematic behavior with privilege deescalation in Ansible.

See for more information.