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Knee – A CLI for Ansible Playbooks🚀


Welcome to Knee, an interactive open-source CLI tool built on top of Ansible, used to automate infrastructure setup, leading to increased efficiency and reduced human error.

GitHub Repository: Repo

Documentation: README

Problem Statement 

Ever felt buried under the weight of constant software installations? You’re not alone. Imagine this: you’re stuck in a cycle of repetitive tasks, configuring device after device with the same steps over and over again. It’s like having an endless to-do list, where mistakes can pop up unexpectedly, eating away at your time and patience.

But fret not, we’ve got the answer: automation! With Ansible in the background, we make system setup easier by automating the repetitive tasks for you. Say hello to getting things done faster and easier with Knee!

How it works

Knee simplifies the infra set up process by seamlessly integrating user input with Ansible playbooks. Let’s delve into the intricacies of how tool operates:

Step 1: Component Selection

Users initiate the installation process by selecting various components required for their application to run, such as web servers, databases, caching tools, etc. Knee presents users with a curated list of available options.

Step 2: Provide Configurations 

Following component selection, Knee prompts users to provide configuration details to tailor the installation to their specific requirements. This includes specifying software versions, project identifiers, database settings, and any other pertinent parameters. These configurations serve as the blueprint for the subsequent installation process.

Step 3: Ansible Integration

Knee leverages the power of Ansible, an IaC tool, to orchestrate the installation process.

Ansible playbooks, written in YAML format, contain a series of tasks and instructions that define how each component should be installed and configured.

This tool utilizes these playbooks as the framework for executing the installation based on the user’s specifications.

Step 4: Execution and Automation

With framework configurations in hand, Knee executes the Ansible playbook which sets up the selected components across multiple servers.

Congratulations, Knee has successfully set up environment for your application 🎉

Key Features

Effortless Automation

Knee automates tasks such as configuring caches, databases, web servers, and database replica sets using Ansible. These defined tasks save time, reduce errors, and maximize productivity during software installations.


The tool allows users to specify and adjust various configuration parameters, enabling customization to meet diverse requirements and adapt to different environments.


The tool standardizes installation processes across all servers, ensuring uniformity and consistency. Predefined Ansible playbooks enable identical configurations, minimizing configuration discrepancies and potential issues.

User-Friendly Integration

The tool offers an intuitive interface and straightforward setup, catering to users of all skill levels. Its user-friendly design ensures ease of use, allowing users to quickly grasp its functionality and benefits.

Open Source

The tool is for sharing. We want everyone to help make it better.

Getting Started

To kickstart your journey with the tool and enhance your software installation process, follow the steps outlined in the attached screenshot. With Knee’s intuitive interface and seamless setup, you’ll streamline workflows and boost productivity effortlessly. Let’s dive right in!

Documentation: README

Future Scope

Enhanced Platform Compatibility: In the future, This tool aims to improve compatibility with various operating systems and configurations. 

Interactive Input: Implement interactive functionality for users to input configuration details directly via a command-line interface, enhancing flexibility and customization during installation.

Advanced Configuration: Knee will offer additional configuration options for finer control over installation parameters and support for more software components.

Fun Fact: Why is it called Knee?

Wondering why this innovative tool is called Knee? Well, just like your knee provides stability and support for movement, Knee provides stability and support for your development journey. It’s your dependable companion, ensuring smooth and effortless progress in your projects.


In conclusion, Knee is a reliable tool for software development. It blends user input with Ansible automation to streamline workflows and boost productivity. With its easy interface and flexible options. We welcome feedback and contributions to further enhance tool’s capabilities and user experience.

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