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ARA saves playbook results to a local or remote database by using an Ansible
callback plugin and provides an API to integrate this data in tools and interfaces.

- For the API as well as the Ansible components, see [ara](https://github.com/ansible-community/ara)
- For the web client interface, see [ara-web](https://github.com/ansible-community/ara-web)
The [ara](https://github.com/ansible-community/ara) project provides ARA's
Ansible roles and plugins, the REST API server as well as simple built-in web
interfaces to browse the recorded data.

## ARA is simple and easy to use
The [ara-web](https://github.com/ansible-community/ara-web) project provides a
stateless javascript client interface to the ARA API.

Simplicity is a core feature in ARA.
It does one thing and it does it well: reporting on your Ansible playbooks.
## How does it work ?

Here's how you can get started from scratch with sane defaults:
ARA Records Ansible playbooks through an Ansible
[callback plugin](https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/plugins/callback.html).

```bash
# Create a python3 virtual environment and activate it so we don't conflict
# with system or distribution packages
python3 -m venv ~/.ara/virtualenv
source ~/.ara/virtualenv/bin/activate
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# Install Ansible, ARA and it's API server dependencies
pip install ansible ara[server]
0. ARA is installed and Ansible is configured to use the callback plugin
1. An ``ansible-playbook`` command is executed
2. Ansible triggers the callback plugin for every event (``v2_playbook_on_start``, ``v2_runner_on_failed``, etc.)
3. The relevant information is retrieved from the Ansible playbook execution context and is sent to the API server
4. The API server validates and serializes the data before storing it the configured database backend
5. The API server sends a response back to the API client with the results
6. The callback plugin returns, ending the callback hook
7. Ansible continues running the playbook until it fails or is completed (back to step 2)

Once the data has been saved in the database, it is made available for query by
the API and web interfaces.

## Quickstart

Here's how you can get started from scratch with sane defaults with python>=3.6:

```
# Install ARA and Ansible for the current user
python3 -m pip install --user ansible "ara[server]"

# Tell Ansible to use the ARA callback plugin
export ANSIBLE_CALLBACK_PLUGINS="$(python -m ara.setup.callback_plugins)"
export ANSIBLE_CALLBACK_PLUGINS="$(python3 -m ara.setup.callback_plugins)"

# Run your playbook as usual
# Run your playbook
ansible-playbook playbook.yml
```

If nothing went wrong, your playbook data should have been saved in a local
database at ``~/.ara/server/ansible.sqlite``.

You can browse this data through the API by executing ``ara-manage runserver``
You can take a look at the recorded data by running ``ara-manage runserver``
and pointing your browser at http://127.0.0.1:8000/.

That's it !

For more information, refer to the documentation on
[installation](https://ara.readthedocs.io/en/latest/installation.html) and
[configuration](https://ara.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ansible-configuration.html).

## Live demos

You can find live demos deployed by the built-in [ara_api](https://ara.readthedocs.io/en/latest/ansible-role-ara-api.html)


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