Chapter 2. Automation controller licensing, updates and support

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Automation controller is provided as part of your annual Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription.

Ansible is an open source software project and is licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3, as described in the Ansible Source Code

You must have valid subscriptions attached before installing Ansible Automation Platform.

For more information, see Attaching Subscriptions.

2.1. Trial and evaluation

You require a license to run automation controller. You can start by using a free trial license.

  • Trial licenses for Ansible Automation Platform are available at:
  • Support is not included in a trial license or during an evaluation of the automation controller software.

2.2. Component licenses

To view the license information for the components included in automation controller, refer to /usr/share/doc/automation-controller-<version>/README.

where <version> refers to the version of automation controller you have installed.

To view a specific license, refer to /usr/share/doc/automation-controller-<version>/*.txt.

where * is the license file name to which you are referring.

2.3. Node counting in licenses

The automation controller license defines the number of Managed Nodes that can be managed as part of a Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform subscription.

A typical license says "License Count: 500", which sets the maximum number of Managed Nodes at 500.

For more information on managed node requirements for licensing, see


Ansible does not recycle node counts or reset automated hosts.

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