nxos_user - Manage the collection of local users on Nexus devices

New in version 2.3.


  • This module provides declarative management of the local usernames configured on Cisco Nexus devices. It allows playbooks to manage either individual usernames or the collection of usernames in the current running config. It also supports purging usernames from the configuration that are not explicitly defined.


parameter required default choices comments
(added in 2.4)
The set of username objects to be configured on the remote Cisco Nexus device. The list entries can either be the username or a hash of username and properties. This argument is mutually exclusive with the name argument. alias users.
(added in 2.4)
The password to be configured on the network device. The password needs to be provided in cleartext and it will be encrypted on the device. Please note that this option is not same as provider password.
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.
The username to be configured on the remote Cisco Nexus device. This argument accepts a stringv value and is mutually exclusive with the aggregate argument.
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.
The purge argument instructs the module to consider the resource definition absolute. It will remove any previously configured usernames on the device with the exception of the `admin` user which cannot be deleted per nxos constraints.
The role argument configures the role for the username in the device running configuration. The argument accepts a string value defining the role name. This argument does not check if the role has been configured on the device.
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.
The sshkey argument defines the SSH public key to configure for the username. This argument accepts a valid SSH key value.
no present
  • present
  • absent
The state argument configures the state of the username definition as it relates to the device operational configuration. When set to present, the username(s) should be configured in the device active configuration and when set to absent the username(s) should not be in the device active configuration
(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.
no always
  • on_create
  • always
Since passwords are encrypted in the device running config, this argument will instruct the module when to change the password. When set to always, the password will always be updated in the device and when set to on_create the password will be updated only if the username is created.
  • 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.


- name: create a new user
    name: ansible
    sshkey: "{{ lookup('file', '~/.ssh/') }}"
    state: present

- name: remove all users except admin
    purge: yes

- name: set multiple users role
    - name: netop
    - name: netend
  role: network-operator
  state: present

Return Values

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

name description returned type sample
The time the job started
always str 2016-11-16 10:38:15.126146
The list of configuration mode commands to send to the device
always list ['name ansible', 'name ansible password password']
The time the job ended
always str 2016-11-16 10:38:25.595612
The time elapsed to perform all operations
always str 0:00:10.469466


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