Ansible 5.7.0 has been released

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David Moreau Simard

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Apr 26, 2022, 2:34:15 PMApr 26
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Hi all,

We're happy to announce that the Ansible 5.7.0 package has been released !

Ansible 5.7.0 includes ansible-core 2.12 as well as a curated set of
Ansible collections to provide a vast number of modules and plugins.

This is a major version update from Ansible 4.x which included
ansible-core 2.11 and there may be backwards incompatibilities in the
core playbook language.

Please see the porting guide (linked at the bottom) for details.

How to get it
-------------

Due to a limitation in pip, if you are upgrading from Ansible 3 (or
earlier), you need to uninstall ansible and ansible-base before
installing Ansible 5:

```
$ pip uninstall ansible ansible-base
$ pip install ansible==5.7.0 --user
```

The tar.gz of the release can be found here:

Ansible 5.7.0: https://pypi.python.org/packages/source/a/ansible/ansible-5.7.0.tar.gz
SHA256: e80c0e74de1774adae7c0233b247ff72b8fbd8b5f107077db5d0b7f0370d6b86

What's new in Ansible 5.7.0
---------------------------

* The changelog for ansible-core 2.12 installed by this release of
ansible is available here:
https://github.com/ansible/ansible/blob/stable-2.12/changelogs/CHANGELOG-v2.12.rst

* Collections which have opted into being a part of the Ansible-5
unified changelog will have an entry on this page:
https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/blob/main/5/CHANGELOG-v5.rst

* For collections which have not opted into the unified changelog, you
may find more information on https://galaxy.ansible.com or their
source repository.
For example, the community.crypto collection would be found at
https://galaxy.ansible.com/community/crypto and you can find a link to
the source repository under the "Repo" button at the top right.

What's the schedule for new Ansible releases after 5.7.0 ?
---------------------------------------------------------

* Maintenance releases of Ansible 5.x will occur approximately every
three weeks until the release of Ansible 6.0.0. They will contain bugfixes
and new features but no backwards incompatibilities.

* Ansible 6.0.0 (which will include ansible-core 2.13) is expected to
be released around 2022-06-21.
More information can be found in the roadmap:
https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/devel/roadmap/COLLECTIONS_6.html

* Please note that the release of ansible-core 2.13 in May 2022 will
coincide with the end-of-life of ansible 2.9 and ansible-base 2.10:
https://groups.google.com/g/ansible-announce/c/kegIH5_okmg/

* Except for ansible-2.9.x, older versions of ansible are no longer
seeing maintenance releases. If there is a desire for maintenance
releases of older versions, drop by a Community Working Group Meeting
to discuss how you can help:
https://github.com/ansible/community/tree/main/meetings#wednesday

Porting Help
-------------

A unified porting guide for collections which have opted-in is available here:
https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/devel/porting_guides/porting_guide_5.html

Getting collection updates from Ansible 5 with ansible-core 2.11.x
-----------------------------------------------------------------

Ansible 5 includes ansible-core 2.12.x which has raised the minimum
python requirement to python>=3.8 and users have expressed an interest
in getting collection updates as they ship in Ansible 5 while keeping
ansible-core 2.11.x which still supports python>=2.7.
An ansible-galaxy requirements file based on the collections from
Ansible 5 has been made available for this use case:
https://github.com/ansible-community/ansible-build-data/blob/main/5/galaxy-requirements.yaml

Once the requirements file has been downloaded, the collections can be
installed by running:
"ansible-galaxy collection install -r galaxy-requirements.yaml"

On behalf of the Ansible community, thank you and happy automating !

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