win_toast - Sends Toast windows notification to logged in users on Windows 10 or later hosts

New in version 2.4.


  • Sends alerts which appear in the Action Center area of the windows desktop.


parameter required default choices comments
no 45
How long in seconds before the notification expires.
no Powershell
Which notification group to add the notification to.
no Hello, World!
The message to appear inside the notification. May include \n to format the message to appear within the Action Center.
no True
  • yes
  • no
If false, the notification will not pop up and will only appear in the Action Center.
no Ansible
The tag to add to the notification.
no Notification HH:mm
The notification title, which appears in the pop up..


- name: Warn logged in users of impending upgrade (note use of async to stop the module from waiting until notification expires).
    expire: 60
    title: System Upgrade Notification
    msg: Automated upgrade about to start.  Please save your work and log off before {{ deployment_start_time }}
  async: 60
  poll: 0

Return Values

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

name description returned type sample
Whether the module was able to send a toast notification or not.
allways boolean False
Calculated utc date time when the notification expires.
allways string 07 July 2017 04:50:54
Text containing the reason why a notification was not sent.
when no logged in users are detected string No logged in users to notify
How long the module took to run on the remote windows host in seconds.
allways float 0.3706632
local date time when the notification was sent.
allways string 07 July 2017 05:45:54



  • This module must run on a windows 10 or Server 2016 host, so ensure your play targets windows hosts, or delegates to a windows host.
  • The module does not fail if there are no logged in users to notify.
  • Messages are only sent to the local host where the module is run.
  • You must run this module with async, otherwise it will hang until the expire period has passed.


This module is flagged as preview which means that it is not guaranteed to have a backwards compatible interface.

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