nxos_portchannel - Manages port-channel interfaces.

New in version 2.2.


  • Manages port-channel specific configuration parameters.


parameter required default choices comments
  • true
  • false
When true it forces port-channel members to match what is declared in the members param. This can be used to remove members.
Channel-group number for the port-channel.
Specifies the DNS host name or address for connecting to the remote device over the specified transport. The value of host is used as the destination address for the transport.
List of interfaces that will be managed in a given portchannel.
Min links required to keep portchannel up.
no True
  • active
  • passive
  • on
Mode for the port-channel, i.e. on, active, passive.
Specifies the password to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This is a common argument used for either cli or nxapi transports. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_PASSWORD will be used instead.
no 0 (use common port)
Specifies the port to use when building the connection to the remote device. This value applies to either cli or nxapi. The port value will default to the appropriate transport common port if none is provided in the task. (cli=22, http=80, https=443).
Convenience method that allows all nxos arguments to be passed as a dict object. All constraints (required, choices, etc) must be met either by individual arguments or values in this dict.
Specifies the SSH key to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This argument is only used for the cli transport. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_SSH_KEYFILE will be used instead.
no present
  • present
  • absent
Manage the state of the resource.
(added in 2.3)
no 10
Specifies the timeout in seconds for communicating with the network device for either connecting or sending commands. If the timeout is exceeded before the operation is completed, the module will error. NX-API can be slow to return on long-running commands (sh mac, sh bgp, etc).
yes cli
Configures the transport connection to use when connecting to the remote device. The transport argument supports connectivity to the device over cli (ssh) or nxapi.
  • yes
  • no
Configures the transport to use SSL if set to true only when the transport=nxapi, otherwise this value is ignored.
Configures the username to use to authenticate the connection to the remote device. This value is used to authenticate either the CLI login or the nxapi authentication depending on which transport is used. If the value is not specified in the task, the value of environment variable ANSIBLE_NET_USERNAME will be used instead.
  • yes
  • no
If no, SSL certificates will not be validated. This should only be used on personally controlled sites using self-signed certificates. If the transport argument is not nxapi, this value is ignored.


# Ensure port-channel99 is created, add two members, and set to mode on
- nxos_portchannel:
    group: 99
    members: ['Ethernet1/1','Ethernet1/2']
    mode: 'active'
    state: present
    username: "{{ un }}"
    password: "{{ pwd }}"
    host: "{{ inventory_hostname }}"

Return Values

Common return values are documented here Return Values, the following are the fields unique to this module:

name description returned type sample
end_state k/v pairs of portchannel info after module execution always dict {'members_detail': {'Ethernet2/6': {'status': 'D', 'mode': 'on'}, 'Ethernet2/5': {'status': 'D', 'mode': 'on'}}, 'group': '12', 'mode': 'on', 'members': ['Ethernet2/5', 'Ethernet2/6'], 'min_links': None}
changed check to see if a change was made on the device always boolean True
updates command sent to the device always list ['interface Ethernet2/6', 'no channel-group 12', 'interface Ethernet2/5', 'no channel-group 12', 'interface Ethernet2/6', 'channel-group 12 mode on', 'interface Ethernet2/5', 'channel-group 12 mode on']
proposed k/v pairs of parameters passed into module always dict {'group': '12', 'mode': 'on', 'members': ['Ethernet2/5', 'Ethernet2/6']}
existing ['k/v pairs of existing portchannel'] always dict {'members_detail': {'Ethernet2/6': {'status': 'D', 'mode': 'active'}, 'Ethernet2/5': {'status': 'D', 'mode': 'active'}}, 'group': '12', 'mode': 'active', 'members': ['Ethernet2/5', 'Ethernet2/6'], 'min_links': None}



  • state=absent removes the portchannel config and interface if it already exists. If members to be removed are not explicitly passed, all existing members (if any), are removed.
  • Members must be a list.
  • LACP needs to be enabled first if active/passive modes are used.


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