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ansible-doc - plugin documentation tool


ansible-doc [-l|-F|-s] [options] [-t <plugin type> ] [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.



show program's version number and exit

-F, --list_files

Show plugin names and their source files without summaries (implies --list)

-M, --module-path

prepend colon-separated path(s) to module library (default=['/sbuild-nonexistent/.ansible/plugins/modules', '/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules'])

-a, --all

For internal testing only Show documentation for all plugins.

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-j, --json

For internal testing only Dump json metadata for all plugins.

-l, --list

List available plugins

-s, --snippet

Show playbook snippet for specified plugin(s)

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

Choose which plugin type (defaults to "module")

-v, --verbose

verbose mode (-vvv for more, -vvvv to enable connection debugging)


The following environment variables may be specified.

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 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 direcotry) 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.


Copyright © 2018 Red Hat, Inc | Ansible. Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3 license.


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

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