11. Projects

A Project is a logical collection of Ansible playbooks, represented in Tower.

You can manage playbooks and playbook directories by either placing them manually under the Project Base Path on your Tower server, or by placing your playbooks into a source code management (SCM) system supported by Tower, including Git, Subversion, and Mercurial.


By default, the Project Base Path is /var/lib/awx/projects, but this may have been modified by the Tower administrator. It is configured in /etc/tower/ Use caution when editing this file, as incorrect settings can disable your installation.

This menu displays a list of the projects that are currently available. The list of projects may be sorted and searched by Status, Name, or Type. For each project listed, you can edit project properties and delete the project, using the edit and delete icons.

Projects - home with example project

Status indicates the state of the project and may be one of the following (note that you can also filter your view by specific status types):

  • New - The source control update has been created, but not queued or started yet. (To be deprecated.)
  • Pending - The source control update has been queued, but has not run yet. (To be deprecated.)
  • Waiting - The source control update is waiting on an update/dependency.
  • Running - The source control update is currently in progress.
  • Successful - The last source control update for this project succeeded succeeded.
  • Failed - The last source control update for this project failed.
  • Error - The last source control update job failed to run at all. (To be deprecated.)
  • Canceled - The last source control update for the project was canceled.
  • Never updated - The project is configured for source control, but has never been updated.
  • OK - The project is not configured for source control, and is correctly in place. (To be deprecated.)
  • Missing - Projects are absent from the project base path of /var/lib/awx/projects (applicable for manual or source control managed projects).

Under Actions, the following actions are available:

  • Update - Invoke an immediate update from source control, if configured for this project
  • Schedule - Schedule an update from source control, if configured for this project
  • Edit - Edit the project
  • Delete - Delete the project


Projects of credential type Manual cannot update or schedule source control-based actions without being reconfigured as an SCM type credential.

11.1. Add a new project

To create a new project:

  1. Click the add button, which launches the Create Project dialog.

Projects - create new project

  1. Enter the appropriate details into the following fields:
  • Name
  • Description (optional)
  • Organization (A project must have at least one organization. Pick one organization now to create the project, and then after the project is created you can add additional organizations.)
  • SCM Type (Select one of Manual, Git, Subversion, or Mercurial). Refer to Manage playbooks manually and Manage playbooks using Source Control in this guide for more detail.


Each project path can only be assigned to one project. If you receive the following message, ensure that you have not already assigned the project path to an existing project:

All of the project paths have been assigned to existing projects, or there are no directories found in the base path. You will need to add a project path before creating a new project.
  1. Click Save when done.

11.2. Work with Permissions

The set of Permissions assigned to this project (role-based access controls) that provide the ability to read, modify, and administer projects, inventories, job templates, and other Tower elements are Privileges.

This screen displays a list of the privileges that are currently available for a selected User. The privileges list may be sorted and searched by Name, Type, or Role.

Projects - permissions list for example project

11.2.1. Add Permissions

To add permissions to a particular user:

  1. Click the add permissions button, which opens the Add Permissions Wizard.
Add Permissions Form
  1. Specify the users or teams that will have access then assign them specific roles:
  1. Click to select one or multiple checkboxes beside the name(s) of the user(s) or team(s) to select them.

The dialog expands to allow you to select the role for each resource you chose.

Roles Assignment for Selected Users
  1. Select the role from the drop-down menu list provided:
  • Admin allows read, run, and edit privileges
  • Use allows use of the project in a job template
  • Update allows updating of project via the SCM Update
Add Permissions - Job Template Form


You do not have to choose between teams or users. You can assign different roles to different users or teams both at the same time to avoid having to click the add permissions button. To do so, simply go from one tab to another after making your selections without saving.

Users and Team Roles Assignment


Use the Key button to display the help text for each of the roles applicable to the resource selected.

  1. Review your role assignments for each of the Tower objects by clicking on their respective buttons in the expanded section 2 of the Add Permissions Wizard.

    Review Permissions - Sample Section 2
  2. Click Save when done, and the Add Permissions Wizard closes to display the updated profile for the user(s) and team(s) with the roles assigned for each selected resource.

    Edit Projects Form with Role Assignments

To remove Permissions for a particular resource, click the Disassociate (x) button next to its resource.


This launches a confirmation dialog, asking you to confirm the disassociation.


11.3. Work with Notifications

Clicking on Notifications allows you to review any notification integrations you have setup.


Click on the add notifications button to create a notification.

Refer to Notifications for more information.


11.4. Manage playbooks manually

  • Create one or more directories to store playbooks under the Project Base Path (for example, /var/lib/awx/projects/)
  • Create or copy playbook files into the playbook directory.
  • Ensure that the playbook directory and files are owned by the same UNIX user and group that the Tower service runs as.
  • Ensure that the permissions are appropriate for the playbook directories and files.

If you have trouble adding a project path, check the permissions and SELinux context settings for the project directory and files.


If you have not added any Ansible playbook directories to the base project path, you will receive the following message from Tower:

Projects - create new warning

Correct this issue by creating the appropriate playbook directories and checking out playbooks from your SCM or otherwise copying playbooks into the appropriate playbook directories.

11.5. Manage playbooks using Source Control

  1. Select the appropriate option from the SCM Type drop-down menu list.
  2. Enter the appropriate details into the following fields:
  • SCM URL - See an example in the help help text.
  • SCM Branch - Optionally enter the SCM branch for Mercurial, or the SCM branch, tag, or revision for Git
  • Revision # - Optionally enter the Revision # for Subversion
  • SCM Credential - If authentication is required, select the appropriate SCM credential
  • SCM Update Options:
  • Clean - Remove any local modifications prior to performing an update.
  • Delete on Update - Delete the local repository in its entirety prior to performing an update. Depending on the size of the repository this may significantly increase the amount of time required to complete an update.
  • Update on Launch - Each time a job runs using this project, perform an update to the local repository prior to starting the job. To avoid job overflows if jobs are spawned faster than the project can sync, selecting this allows you to configure a Cache Timeout to cache prior project syncs for a certain number of seconds.

Projects - create SCM project

  1. Click Save to save your project.


Using a Github link offers an easy way to use a playbook. To help get you started, use the helloworld.yml file available at:

This link offers a very similar playbook to the one created manually in the instructions found in the Ansible Tower Quick Start Guide. Using it will not alter or harm your system in anyway.

11.6. Updating projects from source control

  1. Update an existing SCM-based project by clicking the update button.


Please note that immediately after adding a project setup to use source control, a “Sync” starts that fetches the project details from the configured source control.

projects - list all

  1. Click on the dot under Status (far left, beside the name of the Project) to get further details about the update process.

Project - update status

3. To set a schedule for updating the project from SCM, click the schedule button. This will navigate to the Schedules screen.

Project - update started

This screen displays a list of the schedules that are currently available for the selected Project. The schedule list may be sorted and searched by Name.

The list of schedules includes:

  • Name: Clicking the schedule name opens the Edit Schedule dialog
  • First Run: The first scheduled run of this task
  • Next Run: The next scheduled run of this task
  • Final Run: If the task has an end date, this is the last scheduled run of the task.

Buttons located in the upper right corner of the Schedules screen provide the following actions:

  • Create a new schedule
  • Refresh this view
  • View Activity Stream

11.7. Add a new schedule

To create a new schedule:

  1. Click the add button, which opens the Add Schedule dialog.

Projects - create new schedule

  1. Enter the appropriate details into the following fields:
  • Name (required)
  • Start Date (required)
  • Start Time (required)
  • Local Time Zone - The entered Start Time should be in this timezone
  • UTC Start Time - Calculated from Start Time + Local Time Zone
  • Repeat Frequency - Appropriate scheduling options are displayed depending on the frequency you select

The SCHEDULE DESCRIPTION allows you to review the set schedule and a list of the scheduled occurrences in the selected Local Time Zone.


Jobs are scheduled in UTC. Repeating jobs that run at a specific time of day may move relative to a local timezone when Daylight Savings Time shifts occur. Essentially, Tower resolves the local time zone based time to UTC when the schedule is saved. To ensure your schedules are correctly set, you should set your schedules in UTC time.

  1. Once done, click Save.

You can use the ON/OFF toggle button to stop an active schedule or activate a stopped schedule.

The schedules overview screen for the project also shows you when the first, next, and final runs are scheduled.

There are several actions available for schedules, under the Actions column:

  • Edit Schedule
  • Delete schedule

Projects - newly created schedule

11.8. Ansible Galaxy Support

At the end of a Project update, Tower searches for a file called requirements.yml in the roles directory, located at``<project-top-level-directory>/roles/requirements.yml``. If this file is found, the following command automatically runs:

ansible-galaxy install -r roles/requirements.yml -p ./roles/ --force

This file allows you to reference Galaxy roles or roles within other repositories which can be checked out in conjunction with your own project. The addition of this Ansible Galaxy support eliminates the need to create git submodules for achieving this result.

For more information and examples on the syntax of the requirements.yml file, refer to Advanced Control Over Role Requirements in the Ansible documentation.