win_command - Executes a command on a remote Windows node

New in version 2.2.


  • The win_command module takes the command name followed by a list of space-delimited arguments.
  • The given command will be executed on all selected nodes. It will not be processed through the shell, so variables like $env:HOME and operations like "<", ">", "|", and ";" will not work (use the win_shell module if you need these features).


parameter required default choices comments
set the specified path as the current working directory before executing a command
a path or path filter pattern; when the referenced path exists on the target host, the task will be skipped.
the win_command module takes a free form command to run. There is no parameter actually named 'free form'. See the examples!
a path or path filter pattern; when the referenced path does not exist on the target host, the task will be skipped.


# Example from Ansible Playbooks.
- win_command: whoami
  register: whoami_out

# Run the command only if the specified file does not exist.
- win_command: wbadmin -backupTarget:C:\backup\ creates=C:\backup\

# You can also use the 'args' form to provide the options. This command
# will change the working directory to C:\somedir\\ and will only run when
# C:\backup\ doesn't exist.
- win_command: wbadmin -backupTarget:C:\backup\ creates=C:\backup\
    chdir: C:\somedir\
    creates: C:\backup\

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 The command execution end time always string 2016-02-25 09:18:26.755339
stdout The command standard output always string Clustering node [email protected] with [email protected] ...
cmd The command executed by the task always string rabbitmqctl join_cluster [email protected]
start The command execution start time always string 2016-02-25 09:18:26.429568
delta The command execution delta time always string 0:00:00.325771
stderr The command standard error always string ls: cannot access foo: No such file or directory
rc The command return code (0 means success) always int 0
msg changed always boolean True
stdout_lines The command standard output split in lines always list of strings ["u'Clustering node [email protected] with [email protected] ...'"]



  • If you want to run a command through a shell (say you are using <, >, |, etc), you actually want the win_shell module instead. The win_command module is much more secure as it’s not affected by the user’s environment.
  • creates, removes, and chdir can be specified after the command. For instance, if you only want to run a command if a certain file does not exist, use this.


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