The VSCode extension

Task 1: Learn about the VSCode extension

We highly recommend making yourself familiar with VSCode and the Ansible extension. Even if you’re not planning to use it as your daily driver, it is good to know how it works to explain and show the benefit to customers.


  • You should have a Linux workstation setup
  • Install ansible, ansible-lint and podman on your Linux workstation
  • Install ansible-navigator for using execution environments


"files.associations": {
        "*.yml": "ansible",
        "*.yaml": "ansible"
  • tab completion
  • syntax highlighting
  • tool tips for modules: hover over a modul FQCN, Ctrl+Click on a modul FQCN to open documentation
  • Ctrl+Space for module parameters, e.g. add a task calling ansible.builtin.yum and use Ctrl+Space to see all module attributes and attribute parameters
  • Make syntax error and notice errors in the Problem pane (Ctrl+Shift+m): you might have to make sure ansible-lint is enabled and notice it is only checking when you save a file


Start VSCode and get familiar with its features.


Although VSCode of course runs on Linux, Mac and Windows, there are some extra tasks to be done to get Ansible working on Windows. It’s beyond the scope of this manual to provide detailed instructions on how to setup Podman and Ansible on Windows.

Challenge Tasks

Try to configure VSCode to use Ansible inside an execution environment.