win_copy - Copies files to remote locations on windows hosts

New in version 1.9.2.


  • The win_copy module copies a file on the local box to remote windows locations.
  • For non-Windows targets, use the copy module instead.


parameter required default choices comments
(added in 2.3)
When used instead of src, sets the contents of a file directly to the specified value. This is for simple values, for anything complex or with formatting please switch to the template module.
Remote absolute path where the file should be copied to. If src is a directory, this must be a directory too.
Use \ for path separators or \\ when in "double quotes".
If dest ends with \ then source or the contents of source will be copied to the directory without renaming.
If dest is a nonexistent path, it will only be created if dest ends with "/" or "\", or src is a directory.
If src and dest are files and if the parent directory of dest doesn't exist, then the task will fail.
(added in 2.3)
no yes
  • yes
  • no
If set to yes, the file will only be transferred if the content is different than destination.
If set to no, the file will only be transferred if the destination does not exist.
If set to no, no checksuming of the content is performed which can help improve performance on larger files.
(added in 2.4)
no yes
  • yes
  • no
This flag indicates that filesystem links in the source tree, if they exist, should be followed.
(added in 2.3)
no no
  • yes
  • no
If False, it will search for src at originating/master machine, if True it will go to the remote/target machine for the src.
Local path to a file to copy to the remote server; can be absolute or relative.
If path is a directory, it is copied (including the source folder name) recursively to dest.
If path is a directory and ends with "/", only the inside contents of that directory are copied to the destination. Otherwise, if it does not end with "/", the directory itself with all contents is copied.
If path is a file and dest ends with "\", the file is copied to the folder with the same filename.


- name: Copy a single file
    src: /srv/myfiles/foo.conf
    dest: c:\Temp\renamed-foo.conf

- name: Copy a single file keeping the filename
    src: /src/myfiles/foo.conf
    dest: c:\temp\

- name: Copy folder to c:\temp (results in C:\Temp\temp_files)
    src: files/temp_files
    dest: c:\Temp

- name: Copy folder contents recursively
    src: files/temp_files/
    dest: c:\Temp

- name: Copy a single file where the source is on the remote host
    src: C:\temp\foo.txt
    dest: C:\ansible\foo.txt
    remote_src: True

- name: Copy a folder recursively where the source is on the remote host
    src: C:\temp
    dest: C:\ansible
    remote_src: True

- name: Set the contents of a file
    dest: C:\temp\foo.txt
    content: abc123

Return Values

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

name description returned type sample
source file used for the copy on the target machine
changed string /home/httpd/.ansible/tmp/ansible-tmp-1423796390.97-147729857856000/source
basename of the copied file
changed, src is a file string foo.txt
destination file/path
changed string C:\Temp\
sha1 checksum of the file after running copy
success, src is a file string 6e642bb8dd5c2e027bf21dd923337cbb4214f827
whether a single file copy took place or a folder copy
success string file_copy
size of the target, after execution
changed, src is a file int 1220



  • For non-Windows targets, use the copy module instead.
  • Currently win_copy does not support copying symbolic links from both local to remote and remote to remote.
  • It is recommended that backslashes \ are used instead of / when dealing with remote paths.
  • Because win_copy runs over WinRM, it is not a very efficient transfer mechanism. If sending large files consider hosting them on a web service and using win_get_url instead.


This module is flagged as stableinterface which means that the maintainers for this module guarantee that no backward incompatible interface changes will be made.

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