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Sometimes you need to share the Ansible Vault between the different Ansible Roles, because you want to integrated within Tower or just in different Workflow Templates.

Also it can be useful if the playbook is executed by Ansible Tower, or just in the CLI without more options than the vault pass and the ID.

Create a role containing the vault

mkdir roles/vault1/defaults

Create the vault

ansible-vault create --new-vault-id=vault1 roles/vault1/defaults/main.yml

Modify the playbooks that execute the roles that need your vault:

vi playbook.yml
- name: "Testing Vault"
  hosts: localhost
  gather_facts: no
    - vault1
    - other_role

And that’s it!

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