Itential Automation Gateway

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This guide provides step-by-step information to install and configure Itential Automation Gateway.

Note: Itential Automation Gateway (IAG) is compatible with several third-party software products for network operating environments. Beginning with the system requirements for 2019.1.2, all third-party software version compatibility is documented in Release Notes. To get the most up-to-date requirements for any third-party software, including open source, first identify which IAG release you’re using and then refer to the respective release notes.

Install Software

Itential Automation Gateway resides on the same server as your Ansible implementation. If you have multiple Ansible implementations, you must install Automation Gateway for each Ansible implementation. Optionally, Itential adapters will connect into each Automation Gateway installation to manage all of your Ansible networks from a single point within the Itential Automation Platform (IAP).


  • Red Hat 7
  • CentOS 7
  • Fedora Linux
  • Python 3.6 or greater
  • pipenv (packaging tool for Python)
  • YAML parsing (installed)

Virtual Machine

For purposes of this guide, Itential Automation Gateway was installed on top of a virtual machine.

  • CentOS 7.4 (minimal)


The following repositories were used.

  • epel-release
  • ius-release
  • Itential pip registry

Note: The index to the Itential pip registry is located at To obtain credentials for the Itential pip registry, contact the Itential Service Desk.

OS Prerequisites

The use of Python and pip requires installation of build tools available from the base OS repository. Install the following packages on your server.

sudo yum install -y gcc-c++ make yaml-cpp yaml-cpp-devel libyaml libyaml-devel libselinux-python

Install Ansible

Both Ansible and Python can be installed in a variety of ways. For purposes of this guide, we installed the python-pip package from the EPEL registry, and Ansible from the pip registry. You can use the mechanism of your choice to install Ansible and Python.

sudo yum install -y epel-release

Optionally, install all available updates to your system.

sudo yum update -y

Install the pip and yaml-cpp packages from the EPEL registry.

sudo yum install -y python-pip

Update to the latest pip version.

sudo pip install --upgrade pip

Install a patch version of Ansible 2.7 using pip; Ansible 2.7.10 will be used for demonstration. For the most up-to-date version, refer to the respective release note.

sudo pip install ansible==2.8.3


Successfully installed MarkupSafe-1.1.1 PyYAML-5.1.1 ansible-2.7.10 asn1crypto-0.24.0 bcrypt-3.1.7 cffi-1.12.3 cryptography-2.7 enum34-1.1.6 jinja2-2.10.1 paramiko-2.6.0 pycparser-2.19 pynacl-1.3.0 six-1.12.0

The python-devel and psutil packages should be installed after Ansible.

sudo yum install python-devel
sudo pip2 install psutil

Note: The psutil package should be installed using the same pip that Ansible uses (either pip2 or pip3), depending on your environment.

Install Python 3

Itential Automation Gateway requires Python version 3.6 to run. For purposes of this guide, we installed Python 3.6 from the ius-release registry. You can use the mechanism of your choice to install Python 3.6.

sudo yum install -y

Install Python 3.6 and related packages.

sudo yum install -y python36u python36u-libs python36u-devel python36u-pip yaml-cpp

Update to the latest pip version.

sudo pip3.6 install --upgrade pip


Successfully installed pip-19.1.1

Install HA-Proxy

Itential Automation Gateway uses haproxy to support HTTPS security requirements.

sudo yum install -y haproxy

Verify Install of Prerequisites

Run the following commands to verify the above prerequisites were installed correctly.


$ sudo pip3 show pip
Name: pip
Version: 19.1.1
Summary: The PyPA recommended tool for installing Python packages.
Author: The pip developers
License: MIT
Location: /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages
$ yum info python-devel
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Determining fastest mirrors
* base:
* epel:
* extras:
* ius:
* updates: epel

Installed Packages
Name : python-devel
Arch : x86_64
Version : 2.7.5
Release : 80.el7_6
Size : 1.1 M
Repo : installed
From repo : base
Summary : The libraries and header files needed for Python development
License : Python
Description :
The Python programming language's interpreter can be extended with : dynamically loaded extensions and can be embedded in other programs. This package contains the header files and libraries needed to do these types of tasks. Install python-devel if you want to develop Python extensions. The python package will also need to be installed. You'll probably also want to install the python-docs package, which contains Python documentation.
$ ansible --version
ansible 2.7.10
config file = None
configured module search path = [u'/home/jondoe/.ansible/plugins/modules', u'/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
ansible python module location = /usr/lib/python2.7/site-packages/ansible
executable location = /usr/bin/ansible
python version = 2.7.5 (default, Oct 30 2018, 23:45:53) [GCC 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-36)]
$ pip2 show psutil
Name: psutil
Version: 5.6.3
Summary: Cross-platform lib for process and system monitoring in Python.
Author: Giampaolo Rodola
License: BSD
Location: /usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages

Install Automation Gateway Using PIP

Install the Itential Automation Gateway component from the Itential pip registry. The latest version must be specified.

Note: For 2019.1, the version will only increment the very last digit of the version below. Please modify the command below to match the appropriate released version that you are attempting to install.

sudo pip3.6 install automation-gateway==1.33.11-2019.1.3 --extra-index-url

Where Automation Gateway Gets Installed

As a Python 3 application, Automation Gateway is installed within /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/automation_gateway.

  • Files within this directory structure should not be modified or manipulated without first moving your required roles to the default location for Ansible roles.
  • Any updates made to Automation Gateway will overwrite the files within this directory.
$ cd /usr/lib/python3.6/site-packages/automation_gateway
$ ll
total 136
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1621 Jul  3 15:17 ansible_info.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root 4096 Jul  3 15:17 api
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root  251 Jul  3 15:17 api_utils
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root 4096 Jul  3 15:17 api_v2
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  376 Jul  3 15:17 argument_helper.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2174 Jul  3 15:17 authentication.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 3030 Jul  3 15:17 cli.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 3068 Jul  3 15:17 config.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root  271 Jul  3 15:17 data
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2936 Jul  3 15:17 device.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1934 Jul  3 15:17 Errors.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2682 Jul  3 15:17 groups.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root   25 Jul  3 15:17
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  136 Jul  3 15:17 __init__.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root   19 Jul  3 15:17 integrations
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root   85 Jul  3 15:17 license
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root   21 Jul  3 15:17 metadata
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  696 Jul  3 15:17 metadata_loader.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 7599 Jul  3 15:17 modules.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  515 Jul  3 15:17 password_helper.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 4570 Jul  3 15:17 playbooks.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2998 Jul  3 15:17 properties.yml
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root   63 Jul  3 15:17 __pycache__
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 5501 Jul  3 15:17 roles.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 9968 Jul  3 15:17 runner.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root  114 Jul  3 15:17 schema
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 5038 Jul  3 15:17 schema.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1866 Jul  3 15:17 script_command_line_builder.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 6256 Jul  3 15:17 scripts.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2436 Jul  3 15:17 sessions.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 2 root root   75 Jul  3 15:17 swagger
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1799 Jul  3 15:17 automation_gateway.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root  419 Jul  3 15:17 token_builder.pyc
drwxr-xr-x. 3 root root  170 Jul  3 15:17 ui
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 2133 Jul  3 15:17 user_schema.pyc
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 3436 Jul  3 15:17 web_app.pyc