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ansible-playbook: run an ansible playbook


ansible-playbook - run an ansible playbook


ansible-playbook <filename.yml> ... [options]


Ansible playbooks are a configuration and multinode deployment system. Ansible-playbook is the tool used to run them. See the project home page (link below) for more information.



The names of one or more YAML format files to run as ansible playbooks.


-b, --become

Use privilege escalation (specific one depends on become_method), this does not imply prompting for passwords.

-K, --ask-become-pass

Ask for privilege escalation password.

-k, --ask-pass

Prompt for the connection password, if it is needed for the transport used. For example, using ssh and not having a key-based authentication with ssh-agent.


Prompt for su password, used with --su (deprecated, use become).


Prompt for the password to use with --sudo, if any (deprecated, use become).


Prompt for vault password.

-C, --check

Do not make any changes on the remote system, but test resources to see what might have changed. Note this can not scan all possible resource types and is only a simulation.


Connection type to use. Most common options are paramiko (SSH), ssh, winrm and local. local is mostly useful for crontab or kickstarts.

-D, --diff

When changing any templated files, show the unified diffs of how they changed. When used with --check, shows how the files would have changed if --check were not used.

-e EXTRA_VARS, --extra-vars=EXTRA_VARS

Extra variables to inject into a playbook, in key=value key=value format or as quoted YAML/JSON (hashes and arrays). To load variables from a file, specify the file preceded by @ (e.g. @vars.yml).


Clear the fact cache.


Run handlers even if a task fails.

-f NUM, --forks=NUM

Level of parallelism. NUM is specified as an integer, the default is 5.

-h, --help

Show help page and exit.

-i PATH, --inventory=PATH

The PATH to the inventory, which defaults to /etc/ansible/hosts. Alternatively, you can use a comma-separated list of hosts or a single host with a trailing comma host,.

-l SUBSET, --limit=SUBSET

Further limits the selected host/group patterns. You can prefix it with ~ to indicate that the pattern is a regex.


Outputs a list of matching hosts; does not execute anything else.


List all available tags; does not execute anything else.


List all tasks that would be executed; does not execute anything else.


The DIRECTORY search path to load modules from. The default is /usr/share/ansible. This can also be set with the ANSIBLE_LIBRARY environment variable.


Use this file to authenticate the connection.


Start the playbook at the task matching this name.


One-step-at-a-time: confirm each task before running.

-S, --su*

Run operations with su (deprecated, use become).

-R SU-USER, --su-user=SU_USER

Run operations with su as this user (default=root) (deprecated, use become).

-s, --sudo

Run the command as the user given by -u and sudo to root (deprecated, use become).

--ssh-common-args='-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p ..." ...'

Add the specified arguments to any sftp/scp/ssh command-line. Useful to set a ProxyCommand to use a jump host, but any arguments that are accepted by all three programs may be specified.

--sftp-extra-args='-f ...'

Add the specified arguments to any sftp command-line.

--scp-extra-args='-l ...'

Add the specified arguments to any scp command-line.

--ssh-extra-args='-R ...'

Add the specified arguments to any ssh command-line.


Sudo to SUDO_USERNAME default is root. (deprecated, use become).


Only run plays and tasks whose tags do not match these values.


Look for syntax errors in the playbook, but don't run anything.

-t, TAGS, --tags=TAGS

Only run plays and tasks tagged with these values.


Connection timeout to use when trying to talk to hosts, in SECONDS.


Use this USERNAME to login to the target host, instead of the current user.


Vault password file.

-v, --verbose

Verbose mode, more output from successful actions will be shown. Give up to three times for more output.


Show program's version number and exit.


0 --- OK or no hosts matched

1 --- Error

2 --- One or more hosts failed

3 --- One or more hosts were unreachable

4 --- Parser error

5 --- Bad or incomplete options

99 --- User interrupted execution

250 --- Unexpected error


The following environment variables may be specified:

ANSIBLE_INVENTORY --- Override the default ansible inventory file

ANSIBLE_LIBRARY --- Override the default ansible module library path

ANSIBLE_CONFIG --- Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg


/etc/ansible/hosts --- Default inventory file

/usr/share/ansible/ --- Default module library

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

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


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan. See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.


Copyright © 2012, Michael DeHaan

Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3 License.


ansible(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-doc(1), ansible-vault(1), ansible-galaxy(1)

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