9. Create a Credential

Credentials authenticate the controller user to launch Ansible playbooks, which can include passwords and SSH keys, against inventory hosts. You can also require the controller user to enter a password or key phrase when a playbook launches using the credentials feature of the controller.

Access the list of credentials by clicking Credentials from the left navigation bar.

Credentials - list view

For the purpose of this Quick Start, a demo credential and a Galaxy credential have been provided for your use. The provided Galaxy credential serves as a template and can only be copied and not edited. You may add more credentials as necessary. Refer to Add a New Credential in the Automation Controller User Guide for detail.


When setting up additional credentials, keep in mind that the user you assign must have root access or be able to use SSH to connect to the host machine.

Click Demo Credential to view its details.

Credentials - review demo credential

For the purpose of this Quick Start Guide, leave the default demo credential as is. But to edit the default credential later - from the Details tab, click Edit, or from the Credentials list view, click the Edit (edit) button next to the credential name to edit the appropriate details, then save your changes.