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Collection installation

Installation workflow

Install Collection from Ansible Galaxy

These instructions are for regular users to install via Ansible Galaxy. The instructions also include installation of all Python requirements for a given version. To set up a development environment, please follow the development tooling instructions. arista.avd can also be consumed using the “Universal” container. The arista.avd collection is available on the Ansible Galaxy server and can be automatically installed on your system.

Latest version

These commands install all Python requirements including ansible-core and then installs the arista.avd Ansible collection including all required Ansible collections.

pip install "pyavd[ansible]"
ansible-galaxy collection install arista.avd


If you have an ansible.cfg file in the directory where you run ansible-galaxy, it may affect the directory under which the collection and dependencies will be installed.


Depending of your operating system settings, pip might be replaced by pip3.

Install a specific version

pip install "pyavd[ansible]==4.8.0"
ansible-galaxy collection install arista.avd:==4.8.0

Install latest devel version from AVD GitHub

pip install "pyavd[ansible] @ git+"
ansible-galaxy collection install git+,devel


Installing from devel will require minimum Python 3.10, since the PyAVD package will be built during installation, and some of the build tooling requires minimum 3.10.


Collection dependencies like ansible-cvp will be installed from Ansible Galaxy unless installed first using similar GitHub source.

Install in a specific directory

If you want to install collection in a specific directory part of your project, you can call ansible-galaxy with the -p option and update your ansible.cfg:

# Install collection under ${PWD}/collections/
$ ansible-galaxy collection install arista.avd -p collections/

# Update ansible.cfg file
$ vim ansible.cfg
collections_paths = ${PWD}/collections:~/.ansible/collections:/usr/share/ansible/collections

Upgrade installed AVD collection

You can use -U to upgrade to a new version for any installed collection:

$ ansible-galaxy collection install -U arista.avd
Process install dependency map
Starting collection install process
Installing 'arista.avd:4.9.0' to '/home/arista/.ansible/collections/ansible_collections/arista/avd'

After an upgrade, some python requirements may have changed. Make sure to also update the Python requirements for the same version (the version given below matches the installed collection above):

pip install "pyavd[ansible]==4.9.0"

Python requirements installation

Python requirements can be installed with the pip install "pyavd[ansible]". The installed version of PyAVD must match the version of the arista.avd collection.

See the collection installation section for details of each installation method.

Ansible configuration file

  • Enable Jinja2 extensions: loopcontrols and do
  • By default, Ansible will issue a warning when a duplicate dict key is encountered in YAML. We recommend to change to error instead and stop playbook execution when a duplicate key is detected.

Arista EOS requirements

  • EOS 4.21.8M or later
  • Roles validated with eAPI transport -> ansible_connection: httpapi

Arista CloudVision requirements

If you leverage CloudVision deployment with AVD, your CV instance must be supported by CloudVision Ansible collection


When using ansible-cvp modules, the user who is executing the ansible-playbook must have access to both CVP and the EOS CLI.