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ansible-doc - Man Page

plugin documentation tool

Examples (TL;DR)


usage: ansible-doc [-h] [--version] [-v] [-M MODULE_PATH]

[--playbook-dir BASEDIR] [-t {become,cache,callback,cliconf,connection,httpapi,inventory,lookup,netconf,shell,vars,module,strategy,test,filter,role,keyword}] [-j] [-r ROLES_PATH] [-e ENTRY_POINT | -s | -F | -l | --metadata-dump] [--no-fail-on-errors] [plugin ...]


displays information on modules installed in Ansible libraries. It displays a terse listing of plugins and their short descriptions, provides a printout of their DOCUMENTATION strings, and it can create a short "snippet" which can be pasted into a playbook.

Common Options



For internal use only Dump json metadata for all entries, ignores other options.


For internal use only Only used for --metadata-dump. Do not fail on errors. Report the error message in the JSON instead.

--playbook-dir 'BASEDIR'

Since this tool does not use playbooks, use this as a substitute playbook directory. This sets the relative path for many features including roles/ group_vars/ etc.


show program's version number, config file location, configured module search path, module location, executable location and exit

-F,  --list_files

Show plugin names and their source files without summaries (implies --list). A supplied argument will be used for filtering, can be a namespace or full collection name.

-M,  --module-path

prepend colon-separated path(s) to module library (default={{ ANSIBLE_HOME ~ "/plugins/modules:/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules" }}). This argument may be specified multiple times.

-e 'ENTRY_POINT', --entry-point 'ENTRY_POINT'

Select the entry point for role(s).

-h,  --help

show this help message and exit

-j,  --json

Change output into json format.

-l,  --list

List available plugins. A supplied argument will be used for filtering, can be a namespace or full collection name.

-r,  --roles-path

The path to the directory containing your roles. This argument may be specified multiple times.

-s,  --snippet

Show playbook snippet for these plugin types: inventory, lookup, module

-t 'TYPE', --type 'TYPE'

Choose which plugin type (defaults to "module"). Available plugin types are : ('become', 'cache', 'callback', 'cliconf', 'connection', 'httpapi', 'inventory', 'lookup', 'netconf', 'shell', 'vars', 'module', 'strategy', 'test', 'filter', 'role', 'keyword')

-v,  --verbose

Causes Ansible to print more debug messages. Adding multiple -v will increase the verbosity, the builtin plugins currently evaluate up to -vvvvvv. A reasonable level to start is -vvv, connection debugging might require -vvvv. This argument may be specified multiple times.


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_LIBRARY -- Override the default ansible module library path

ANSIBLE_CONFIG -- Specify override location for the ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg

For a full list check https://docs.ansible.com/. or use the ansible-config command.


/etc/ansible/ansible.cfg -- Config file, used if present

~/.ansible.cfg -- User config file, overrides the default config if present

./ansible.cfg -- Local config file (in current working directory) assumed to be 'project specific' and overrides the rest if present.

As mentioned above, the ANSIBLE_CONFIG environment variable will override all others.


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

See Also

ansible (1), ansible-config (1), ansible-console (1), ansible-galaxy (1), ansible-inventory (1), ansible-playbook (1), ansible-pull (1), ansible-vault (1)

Extensive documentation is available in the documentation site: <https://docs.ansible.com>. IRC and mailing list info can be found in file CONTRIBUTING.md, available in: <https://github.com/ansible/ansible>


Ansible 2.16.8 System administration commands