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When I first starting using Ansible the installation was compiled from source and Ansible doesn’t provide a make uninstall step. These are the steps that I took to replace a compiled version of Ansible with the official Ubuntu PPA but this is equally valid for any of the other recommended ways of installing Ansible on your system.

Remove Ansible executables

The compiled Ansible executables were installed to the /usr/local/bin directory on my machine.

$ which ansible
/usr/local/bin/ansible


$ ls -l /usr/local/bin/ansible*
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 175 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 183 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible-doc
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 189 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible-galaxy
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 193 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible-playbook
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 185 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible-pull
-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 187 Jun 16  2015 /usr/local/bin/ansible-vault


$ rm /usr/local/bin/ansible*

Remove Ansible python egg

Removing the Ansible python egg will remove package conflicts that old library packages.

$ ls -l /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/
drwxr-sr-x 4 root staff   4096 Jun 16  2015 ansible-1.9.2-py2.7.egg


$ rm -r /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ansible-1.9.2-py2.7.egg

Install Ansible from the Official Ubuntu PPA

$ sudo apt-get install software-properties-common
$ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ansible/ansible
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ansible

Running Ansible 1.9 alongside Ansible 2.0

If you want to run both Ansible 1.9 with Ansible 2.0 checkout Larry Smith’s article on Setting up an Ansible Control Machine

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