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Tutorial : Sending SMS through Ansible

Ansible is an open-source automation tool used to perform IT works in an easier and sophisticated method. It makes it easier to perform tedious tasks which would rather require huge manual implementation in Software development services. Ansible is also used as an application deployment tool.

Sometimes there can be a situation when we are not able to carry the entire setup in out laptops to check the progress of deployment and end up coming to notice the breakdown in the process.What if we could just receive a notification sms on our cellphones regarding any misshappen or interruption during the process?.It would become easy to get notified even if we were away from our computer and application deployment with ansible went wrong.

There are different notification modules used in Ansible:

NEXMO:

The Nexmo module helps to send notification sms via the Nexmo API.

The code to be written using the nexmo module inside the playbook is given below.

nexmo module

The variables used in the above mentioned coding have the following meanings:

A backwards compatible interface is not guaranteed by this module.

TWILIO:

The Twilio module helps to send notification sms through the Twilio API.

The code to be written using the Twilio module inside the playbook is given below.

nexmo module

The variables used in the above code have the following meanings:

The advantage of this module is that it is non-idempotent because it uses an external API to send the notification messages.

The major drawback of using this module is that like any other notification module this one also requires an external dependency to work. The sender needs to create a Twilio account with either purchased or verified phone number.

A backward compatible interface is not guaranteed by this module.

CATAPULT:

The Catapult mdule helps to semd sms or mms through the catapult bandwidth API.

The code to be written using the Catapult module in the playbook is mentioned below.

catapult module

The variables used in the above code have the following meanings:

Even if the media url is wrong it will return changed. Even if the destination number is invalid it will return changed.

These are the three different ways to send notification sms via Ansible. The most widely used out of the three is Twilio.

 
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