Installation and Lab Environment


Repository requires to install some requirements to be consumed:

  • Docker daemon
  • docker-topo script
  • cEOS-LAB image
  • ansible software

In the meantime, it is recommended to run this repository in a virtual-environment. To start such environment, use following commands:

$ python3 -m pip install virtualenv
$ python3 -m virtualenv ansible_training
$ cd ansible_training
$ source bin/activate

Docker and docker-topo

Docker installation is platform specific and you should use following links:

Then, install docker-topo from pip:

$ python3 -m pip install git+

Get cEOS-LAB image

With your Arista login, go to download page and download cEOS-LAB image on your laptop. Then, add ceos images to docker:

$ docker import cEOS-lab.tar.xz ceosimage:latest

Run docker topology

Once docker-topo is installed, run the docker topology with following commands:

# Clone repository locally
$ git clone

# Enter repository
$ cd ansible-arista-module-howto/

# Build docker topology
$ docker-topo --create ansible-demo-topology.yaml

Install requirements

Install ansible with pip:

$ pip install -r requirements.txt

Then, check ansible version (version might have changed until we release this document):

$ ansible --version
ansible 2.7.8
  config file = /Users/tgrimonet/Projects/ansible-demo/ansible.cfg
  configured module search path = ['/Users/tgrimonet/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
  ansible python module location = /Users/tgrimonet/.venv/ansible-demo/lib/python3.7/site-packages/ansible
  executable location = /Users/tgrimonet/.venv/ansible-demo/bin/ansible
  python version = 3.7.2 (default, Jan 13 2019, 12:50:01) [Clang 10.0.0 (clang-1000.11.45.5)]