Cannot execute Ansible playbook to provision DigitalOcean droplets

I am trying to execute this playbook that provisions two droplets from a CentOS 7 VM on VMWare Fusion running Ansible 2.9.9. Already have exported my API token as environment variables TOKEN and DO_API_TOKEN with the correct PAT. Also registered the SSH keys of the CentOS7 VM and the host MacBook on my DigitalOcean account.

# original source:
- hosts: localhost
  connection: local
  gather_facts: false

    - name: create one droplet..
        unique_name: yes
        region: 'nyc1'
        image: 'ubuntu-18-10-x64'
        wait_timeout: 100
        name: 'plswork-do-test1' #"{{ item }}"
        size: 's-1vcpu-1gb'
        state: present
      register: created_droplets
        - "tmp-droplet-1"
        - "tmp-droplet-2"

    - name: add to dynamic inventory
        name: '{{ created_droplets.ip_address }}'
        group: pap6-test
      with_items: '{{ created_droplets.results }}'

    - debug:
        msg: 'ID is {{ }}, IP is {{ }}'

When I execute this playbook, it fails with following error.

PLAY [localhost] ****************************************************************************************

TASK [create one droplet..] *****************************************************************************
fatal: [localhost]: FAILED! => {"changed": false, "msg": "You specified an invalid image for Droplet creation."}

PLAY RECAP **********************************************************************************************
localhost                  : ok=0    changed=0    unreachable=0    failed=1    skipped=0    rescued=0    ignored=0   

Since it mentions an invalid image, I checked the slugs of the image,region and size, all of which were correct. I am able to curl to to provision droplets. What should I do in order to resolve this problem? Is this a common issue? How do you provision DigitalOcean Droplets using Ansible?

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Bobby Iliev
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June 8, 2020
Accepted Answer

Hi there @nhyun,

It looks like you are using ubuntu-18-10-x64 which does not exist, can you try changing it to ubuntu-18-04-x64?

Let me know how it goes. Regards, Bobby

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