Ansible module numbers difference between ansible 2.9 vs ansible 2.11

From, Red Hat’s Ansible Automation platform 2, one of the big changes is that the “ansible engine” is now changed to the “ansible core”.

With the change, the biggest change is that number of ansible modules that were shipped with ansible has dropped significantly.

This change was made to decouple ansible binary with modules.

Ansible modules development is mainly driven by;

  • Community
  • Red Hat & partners

This decoupling would provide shorter and community-driven release schedules, which usually doesn’t sync with actual ansible binary release.

More details Ansible Core change details can be found in HERE.

However, coming back to the original question, so how many ansible modules are included in ansible 2.9 and ansible 2.11?

N.B. This is based on my current test environments, where I have ansible 2.9.22 and 2.11.1. Also two environments’ installation methods are different. 

2.9.22 – RPM -> 3232 modules

2.11.1 – venv/pip -> 71 modules

2.12.0-2 – RPM -> 70 modules

ansible 2.9.22

[root@insights-client2 modules]# rpm -qa |grep ansible
[root@insights-client2 modules]# pwd
[root@insights-client2 modules]# ls -lR |grep ".py" | awk '{print $9}' |grep -v ^_ |grep -v "pyc" |grep -v "pyo" |wc -l

ansible 2.11.1

(py36-venv) [djoo@insights-client2 modules]$ ansible --version
[DEPRECATION WARNING]: Ansible will require Python 3.8 or newer on the controller starting with Ansible 2.12. Current version: 3.6.12
(default, Sep 15 2020, 12:49:50) [GCC 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-37)]. This feature will be removed from ansible-core in version 2.12.
Deprecation warnings can be disabled by setting deprecation_warnings=False in ansible.cfg.
ansible [core 2.11.1]
  config file = /etc/ansible/ansible.cfg
  configured module search path = ['/home/djoo/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
  ansible python module location = /home/djoo/py36-venv/lib64/python3.6/site-packages/ansible
  ansible collection location = /home/djoo/.ansible/collections:/usr/share/ansible/collections
  executable location = /home/djoo/py36-venv/bin/ansible
  python version = 3.6.12 (default, Sep 15 2020, 12:49:50) [GCC 4.8.5 20150623 (Red Hat 4.8.5-37)]
  jinja version = 3.0.1
  libyaml = True
(py36-venv) [djoo@insights-client2 modules]$ pwd
(py36-venv) [djoo@insights-client2 modules]$ ls -lR |grep ".py" | awk '{print $9}' |grep -v ^_ |grep -v "pyc" |grep -v "pyo" |wc -l


[root@ip-172-31-14-126 modules]# rpm -qa |grep ansible-core
[root@ip-172-31-14-126 modules]# pwd
[root@ip-172-31-14-126 modules]# ls -lR |grep ".py" | awk '{print $9}' |grep -v ^_ |grep -v "pyc" |grep -v "pyo" |wc -l

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