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ANSIBLE-DOC(1) System administration commands ANSIBLE-DOC(1)


ansible-doc - plugin documentation tool


[--playbook-dir BASEDIR] [-t {become,cache,callback,cliconf,connection,httpapi,inventory,lookup,netconf,shell,vars,module,strategy,role,keyword}] [-j] [-r ROLES_PATH] [-e ENTRY_POINT | -s | -F | -l | --metadata-dump] [plugin [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.




For internal testing only Dump json metadata for all plugins.

--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/plugins/modules:/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules)

-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.

-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', 'role', 'keyword')

-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 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.


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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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