How to Install Docker Engine with Ansible on Oracle Linux 7

I am wanting to make sure Docker engine is present on my Jenkins host. To prove that Docker is not installed yet, here is the result of sudo systemctl status docker on the Jenkins host.

Unit docker.service could not be found.

Here is the Ansible playbook I came up with. The target host is an Oracle Linux 7 on ARM64 processor.

- name: Install docker
  gather_facts: No
  hosts: jenkins

    - name: Install Docker
        name: docker-engine
        state: installed
      become: yes
    - name: Enable/Start Docker
        name: docker
        enabled: yes
        state: started
      become: yes

    - name: Add user vagrant to docker group
        name: vagrant
        groups: docker
        append: yes
      become: yes

Here is the result when I execute it.

ansible-playbook playbooks/docker-ce.yaml
PLAY [Install docker] ****************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [Install Docker] ****************************************************************************************************************************
changed: []

TASK [Enable/Start Docker] ***********************************************************************************************************************
changed: []

TASK [Add user vagrant to docker group] **********************************************************************************************************
ok: []

PLAY RECAP ***************************************************************************************************************************************  : ok=3    changed=2    unreachable=0    failed=0    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0

When I ssh into the Jenkins host and check if Docker daemon is running here is the output.

[opc@jenkins ~]$ sudo systemctl status docker
● docker.service - Docker Application Container Engine
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/docker.service; enabled; vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: active (running) since Mon 2022-01-03 04:55:11 GMT; 1min 37s ago
 Main PID: 18476 (dockerd)
    Tasks: 8
   Memory: 37.5M
   CGroup: /system.slice/docker.service
           └─18476 /usr/bin/dockerd -H fd:// --containerd=/run/containerd/containerd.sock

Jan 03 04:55:10 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:10.694835968Z" level=warning msg="Your kernel does not support cgroup blkio weight"
Jan 03 04:55:10 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:10.695237969Z" level=warning msg="Your kernel does not support cgroup bl..._device"
Jan 03 04:55:10 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:10.695923611Z" level=info msg="Loading containers: start."
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.014165992Z" level=info msg="Default bridge (docker0) is assigned with...address"
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.130298822Z" level=info msg="Loading containers: done."
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.147750103Z" level=warning msg="Not using native diff for overlay2, th...overlay2
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.148281344Z" level=info msg="Docker daemon" commit=9bb540d graphdriver...03.11-ol
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.148597025Z" level=info msg="Daemon has completed initialization"
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins systemd[1]: Started Docker Application Container Engine.
Jan 03 04:55:11 jenkins dockerd[18476]: time="2022-01-03T04:55:11.208274084Z" level=info msg="API listen on /var/run/docker.sock"
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Contained Ansible Environment

When installing Ansible on Linux, ansible.cfg and hosts files are at /etc/ansible. Instead of changing the files there, I am going to create a more contained Ansible environment.

I am doing this because of the following 3 reasons.

  • The configuration and host list does not get affected by external changes.
  • The changes can be traced with source control like Git.
  • The changes can be reviewed by your peers for any error.

Let’s create the ansible.cfg file.

ansible-config init --disabled -t all > ansible.cfg

Now I am going to create hosts file in the same directory with the following content.

[jenkins] ansible_user=opc
[test] ansible_user=azureuser

Now add or uncomment the following line in ansible.cfg file.


Test run.

ansible all -m ping

As long as you can access those hosts from your ssh, the command should be successful. | SUCCESS => {
    "ansible_facts": {
        "discovered_interpreter_python": "/usr/libexec/platform-python"
    "changed": false,
    "ping": "pong"
} | SUCCESS => {
    "ansible_facts": {
        "discovered_interpreter_python": "/usr/bin/python"
    "changed": false,
    "ping": "pong"