pause - Pause playbook execution


  • Pauses playbook execution for a set amount of time, or until a prompt is acknowledged. All parameters are optional. The default behavior is to pause with a prompt.
  • To pause/wait/sleep per host, use the wait_for module.
  • You can use ctrl+c if you wish to advance a pause earlier than it is set to expire or if you need to abort a playbook run entirely. To continue early press ctrl+c and then c. To abort a playbook press ctrl+c and then a.
  • The pause module integrates into async/parallelized playbooks without any special considerations (see Rolling Updates). When using pauses with the serial playbook parameter (as in rolling updates) you are only prompted once for the current group of hosts.
  • This module is also supported for Windows targets.


parameter required default choices comments
A positive number of minutes to pause for.
Optional text to use for the prompt message.
A positive number of seconds to pause for.


# Pause for 5 minutes to build app cache.
- pause:
    minutes: 5

# Pause until you can verify updates to an application were successful.
- pause:

# A helpful reminder of what to look out for post-update.
- pause:
    prompt: "Make sure exception is not 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
Time when started pausing
always string 2017-02-23 14:35:07.298862
User input from interactive console
if no waiting time set string Example user input
Time paused in seconds
always string 2
Time when ended pausing
always string 2017-02-23 14:35:09.552594
Output of pause module
always string Paused for 0.04 minutes



  • Starting in 2.2, if you specify 0 or negative for minutes or seconds, it will wait for 1 second, previously it would wait indefinitely.
  • This module is also supported for Windows targets.


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