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


   ansible-console - REPL console for executing Ansible tasks.


   usage: ansible-console [-h] [--version] [-v] [-b]
          [--become-method  BECOME_METHOD]  [--become-user BECOME_USER] [-K] [-i INVENTORY] [--list-hosts] [-l SUBSET] [-k] [--private-key PRIVATE_KEY_FILE] [-u REMOTE_USER] [-c CON
          NECTION] [-T TIMEOUT] [--ssh-common-args SSH_COMMON_ARGS] [--sftp-extra-args  SFTP_EXTRA_ARGS]  [--scp-extra-args  SCP_EXTRA_ARGS]  [--ssh-extra-args  SSH_EXTRA_ARGS]  [-C]
          [--syntax-check]  [-D]  [--vault-id  VAULT_IDS]  [--ask-vault-password  |  --vault-password-file  VAULT_PASSWORD_FILES] [-f FORKS] [-M MODULE_PATH] [--playbook-dir BASEDIR]
          [--step] [pattern]


   a REPL that allows for running ad-hoc tasks against a chosen inventory (based on dominis' ansible-shell).


      host pattern

   --ask-vault-password, --ask-vault-pass
      ask for vault password

   --become-method 'BECOME_METHOD'
      privilege escalation method to use (default=sudo), use ansible-doc -t become -l to list valid choices.

   --become-user 'BECOME_USER'
      run operations as this user (default=root)

      outputs a list of matching hosts; does not execute anything else

   --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.

   --private-key 'PRIVATE_KEY_FILE', --key-file 'PRIVATE_KEY_FILE'
      use this file to authenticate the connection

   --scp-extra-args 'SCP_EXTRA_ARGS'
      specify extra arguments to pass to scp only (e.g. -l)

   --sftp-extra-args 'SFTP_EXTRA_ARGS'
      specify extra arguments to pass to sftp only (e.g. -f, -l)

   --ssh-common-args 'SSH_COMMON_ARGS'
      specify common arguments to pass to sftp/scp/ssh (e.g. ProxyCommand)

   --ssh-extra-args 'SSH_EXTRA_ARGS'
      specify extra arguments to pass to ssh only (e.g. -R)

      one-step-at-a-time: confirm each task before running

      perform a syntax check on the playbook, but do not execute it

      the vault identity to use

   --vault-password-file, --vault-pass-file
      vault password file

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

   -C, --check
      don't make any changes; instead, try to predict some of the changes that may occur

   -D, --diff
      when changing (small) files and templates, show the differences in those files; works great with --check

   -K, --ask-become-pass
      ask for privilege escalation password

   -M, --module-path
      prepend colon-separated path(s) to module library (default=~/.ansible/plugins/modules:/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules)

   -T 'TIMEOUT', --timeout 'TIMEOUT'
      override the connection timeout in seconds (default=10)

   -b, --become
      run operations with become (does not imply password prompting)

   -c 'CONNECTION', --connection 'CONNECTION'
      connection type to use (default=smart)

   -f 'FORKS', --forks 'FORKS'
      specify number of parallel processes to use (default=5)

   -h, --help
      show this help message and exit

   -i, --inventory, --inventory-file
      specify inventory host path or comma separated host list. --inventory-file is deprecated

   -k, --ask-pass
      ask for connection password

   -l 'SUBSET', --limit 'SUBSET'
      further limit selected hosts to an additional pattern

   -u 'REMOTE_USER', --user 'REMOTE_USER'
      connect as this user (default=None)

   -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.


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


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

   Extensive documentation is available in the documentation site: <>.  IRC and mailing list info can be found  in  file,  available  in:  <>

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