Steampunk Spotter

Trustable Automation

Steampunk Spotter provides an Assisted Automation Writing tool that analyzes and offers recommendations for your Ansible Playbooks.

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Reduce risks and speed up automation

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Optimize your automation

Enhance your automation with improved playbooks that guarantee reliable execution, based on our extensive automation knowledge. Reduce development and test time by identifying potential vulnerabilities and eliminate errors by removing manual intervention.

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Achieve secure playbook execution

Understand what will happen when you run the playbooks to minimize security risks, downtime, and costs. Increase your confidence and certainty while following security best practices on automation and ensure reliable execution.

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Easily upgrade to the latest Ansible version

Check if your existing playbooks are compatible with the latest Ansible version and get recommendations on potential issues and caveats while updating your environment. Prevent downtime and facilitate migrations across different versions.

Easily upgrade to the latest Ansible version

Beyond simple syntax checks

By understanding the context of Ansible Playbooks and Collections, Spotter knows what you want to achieve with your playbook and helps you get there faster.

Easily upgrade to the latest Ansible version


Use the Spotter to check:

Steampunk Spotter best practicesBest practices

Structure your playbooks for readability, collaboration and ease of use, and avoid common playbook anti-patterns.

Steampunk Spotter errorsErrors

Rely on the assistant that will guide you through hidden obstacles causing hard-to-catch and time-consuming errors.

Steampunk Spotter modulesModules

Identify name changes and redirects, check for fully qualified names, and ensure you are using only certified and approved modules.

Steampunk Spotter parametersParameters

Make sure you are using correct parameters, considering their relationships, and quickly identify invalid configurations.

Who is it for?


As a Playbook Developer, you come across different challenges. Documentation is lacking, there's no clear guidance on what's approved, and it's hard to keep up with what's new and best practices.

Use the Spotter to:
verify playbook templates or examples, check Ansible core and Collection versions compatibility, understand the implications of Ansible upgrades.

Quality Assurance

As a Quality Assurance Manager, you often wonder what the playbook will really do, especially when there's no documentation available. Will there be a rollback? Will it break something in production?

Use the Spotter to:
understand what will happen when you run the playbook, run QA automations without errors, understand best practices and what-if scenarios for your tests.


As an Operations Manager, you want to anticipate potential issues, but how to do that if you don't know what will happen in case of errors in the playbooks? Or what will happen to them when a new Ansible version pops up?

Use the Spotter to:
identify potential vulnerabilities, receive quality reports and recommendations for improvements, achieve reliable execution of automation.

Why we made the Spotter

Gregor Berginc XLAB CEO

’’Having written countless playbooks and collections, we have unique experience in both sides of the Ansible story and we are very familiar with the challenges Ansible users face. We have incorporated this extensive know-how in the Steampunk Spotter to support you on your automation journey and help you automate with confidence.’’

Gregor Berginc, CEO & Head of XLAB Steampunk, XLAB

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