Difference between Ansible and Terraform

Homayoun
2 min readAug 31, 2022
Terraform vs Ansible

What is Ansible ?

Ansible is a software tool that provides simple but powerful automation for cross-platform computer support. It is primarily intended for IT professionals, who use it for application deployment, updates on workstations and servers, cloud provisioning, configuration management, intra-service orchestration, and nearly anything a systems administrator does on a weekly or daily basis. Ansible doesn’t depend on agent software and has no additional security infrastructure, so it’s easy to deploy.

What is Terraform ?

HashiCorp Terraform is an infrastructure as code tool that lets you define both cloud and on-prem resources in human-readable configuration files that you can version, reuse, and share. You can then use a consistent workflow to provision and manage all of your infrastructure throughout its lifecycle. Terraform can manage low-level components like compute, storage, and networking resources, as well as high-level components like DNS entries and SaaS features.

What is the difference between Terraform and Ansible ?

  1. Terraform is provisioning tool but Ansible is a configuration management tool.
  2. Terraform follows a declarative infrastructure as a code approach but Ansible follows a procedural approach.
  3. Terraform doesn’t support bare metal provisioning by default but Ansible supports the provisioning pf bare metal servers.
  4. Terraform doesn’t provde better support in terms of packaging and templating but Ansible provde full support for packaging and templating.
  5. Terraform highly depends on lifecycle or state management but Ansible does not have lifecycle management at all.

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Homayoun

Software Engineer | Python Developer & Bug Hunting Enthusiast