Containerization and Deployment of Application on Atomic Host using Ansible Playbook

This article describes how to build Docker image and deploy containerized application on Atomic host (any Remote host) using Ansible Playbook.

Building Docker image for an application and run container/cluster of containers is nothing new. But the idea is to automate the whole process and this is where Ansible playbooks come in to play.

Note that you can use Cloud/Workstation based Image to execute the following task. Here I am issuing the commands on Fedora Workstation.

Let’s see How to automate the containerization and deployment process for a simple Flask application:

We are going to deploy container on Fedora Atomic host.

First, Let’s Create a simple Flask Hello-World Application.

This is the Directory structure of the entire Application:

├── ansible
│   ├── ansible.cfg
│   ├── inventory
│   └── main.yml
├── Dockerfile
└── flask-helloworld
    ├── static
    │   └── style.css
    └── templates
        ├── index.html
        └── master.html

from flask import Flask, render_template

APP = Flask(__name__)

def index():
    return render_template('index.html')

if __name__ == '__main__':, host='')


body {
  background: #F8A434;
  font-family: 'Lato', sans-serif;
  color: #FDFCFB;
  text-align: center;
  position: relative;
  bottom: 35px;
  top: 65px;
.description {
  position: relative;
  top: 55px;
  font-size: 50px;
  letter-spacing: 1.5px;
  line-height: 1.3em;
  margin: -2px 0 45px;


<!doctype html>
    {% block head %}
    <title>{% block title %}{% endblock %}</title>
    {% endblock %}
    												<link rel="stylesheet" href="" integrity="sha384-1q8mTJOASx8j1Au+a5WDVnPi2lkFfwwEAa8hDDdjZlpLegxhjVME1fgjWPGmkzs7" crossorigin="anonymous">
    												<link href="" rel="stylesheet" integrity="sha384-T8Gy5hrqNKT+hzMclPo118YTQO6cYprQmhrYwIiQ/3axmI1hQomh7Ud2hPOy8SP1" crossorigin="anonymous">
    												<link rel="stylesheet" href="{{ url_for('static', filename='style.css') }}">
    												<link href=',700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

<div id="container">
    {% block content %}
    {% endblock %}</div>


{% extends "master.html" %}

{% block title %}Welcome to Flask App{% endblock %}

{% block content %}
<div class="description">

Hello World</div>
{% endblock %}

Let’s write the Dockerfile.

FROM fedora
MAINTAINER Trishna Guha<>

RUN dnf -y update && dnf -y install python-flask python-jinja2 && dnf clean all
RUN mkdir -p /app

COPY files/ /app/

ENTRYPOINT ["python"]
CMD [""]

Now we will work on Ansible playbook for our application that deals with the automation part:

Create inventory file:

IP_ADDRESS_OF_HOST ansible_ssh_private_key_file=<'PRIVATE_KEY_FILE'>

Replace IP_ADDRESS_OF_HOST with the IP address of the atomic/remote host and ‘PRIVATE_KEY_FILE’ with your private key file.

Create ansible.cfg file:



Replace USER with the user of your remote host.

Create main.yml file:

- name: Deploy Flask App
  hosts: atomic
  become: yes

    src_dir: [Source Directory]
    dest_dir: [Destination Directory]

    - name: Create Destination Directory
       path: "{{ dest_dir }}/files"
       state: directory
       recurse: yes

    - name: Copy Dockerfile to host
       src: "{{ src_dir }}/Dockerfile"
       dest: "{{ dest_dir }}"

    - name: Copy Application to host
       src: "{{ src_dir }}/flask-helloworld/"
       dest: "{{ dest_dir }}/files/"

    - name: Make sure that the current directory is {{ dest_dir }}
      command: cd {{ dest_dir }}

    - name: Build Docker Image
      command: docker build --rm -t fedora/flask-app:test -f "{{ dest_dir }}/Dockerfile" "{{ dest_dir }}"

    - name: Run Docker Container
      command: docker run -d --name helloworld -p 5000:5000 fedora/flask-app:test

Replace [Source Directory] in src_dir field in main.yml with your /path/to/src_dir of your current host.

Replace [Destination Directory] in dest_dir field in main.yml with your /path/to/dest_dir of your remote atomic host.

Now simply run $ ansible-playbook main.yml :).  To verify if the application is running issue this command $ curl http://localhost:5000 on your atomic/remote host.

You can also manage your containers running on remote host using Cockpit. Check this article to know how to use Cockpit to manage your containers:



Here is the repository of the above example:

My future post will be related to ansible-container where I will describe how we can build Docker image and orchestrate container without writing any Dockerfile :).