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win_nssm - NSSM - the Non-Sucking Service Manager

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • nssm is a service helper which doesn’t suck. See https://nssm.cc/ for more information.

Requirements (on host that executes module)

  • nssm >= 2.24.0 # (install via win_chocolatey) win_chocolatey: name=nssm

Options

parameter required default choices comments
app_parameters
no
Parameters to be passed to the application when it starts.
Use either this or app_parameters_free_form, not both
app_parameters_free_form
(added in 2.3.0)
no
Single string of parameters to be passed to the service.
Use either this or app_parameters, not both
application
no
The application binary to run as a service
Specify this whenever the service may need to be installed (state: present, started, stopped, restarted)
Note that the application name must look like the following, if the directory includes spaces:
nssm install service "c:\\Program Files\\app.exe\\" "C:\\Path with spaces\\"
See commit 0b386fc1984ab74ee59b7bed14b7e8f57212c22b in the nssm.git project for more info: https://git.nssm.cc/?p=nssm.git;a=commit;h=0b386fc1984ab74ee59b7bed14b7e8f57212c22b
dependencies
no
Service dependencies that has to be started to trigger startup, separated by comma.
name
yes
Name of the service to operate on
password
no
Password to be used for service startup
start_mode
no auto
  • auto
  • manual
  • disabled
If auto is selected, the service will start at bootup. manual means that the service will start only when another service needs it. disabled means that the service will stay off, regardless if it is needed or not.
state
no started
  • present
  • started
  • stopped
  • restarted
  • absent
State of the service on the system
Note that NSSM actions like "pause", "continue", "rotate" do not fit the declarative style of ansible, so these should be implemented via the ansible command module
stderr_file
no
Path to receive error output
stdout_file
no
Path to receive output
user
no
User to be used for service startup

Examples

# Install and start the foo service
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe

# Install and start the foo service with a key-value pair argument
# This will yield the following command: C:\windows\foo.exe bar "true"
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    app_parameters:
      bar: true

# Install and start the foo service with a key-value pair argument, where the argument needs to start with a dash
# This will yield the following command: C:\windows\\foo.exe -bar "true"
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    app_parameters:
      "-bar": true

# Install and start the foo service with a single parameter
# This will yield the following command: C:\windows\\foo.exe bar
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    app_parameters:
      _: bar

# Install and start the foo service with a mix of single params, and key value pairs
# This will yield the following command: C:\windows\\foo.exe bar -file output.bat
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    app_parameters:
      _: bar
      "-file": "output.bat"

# Use the single line parameters option to specify an arbitrary string of parameters
# for the service executable
- name: Make sure the Consul service runs
  win_nssm:
    name: consul
    application: C:\consul\consul.exe
    app_parameters_free_form: agent -config-dir=C:\consul\config
    stdout_file: C:\consul\log.txt
    stderr_file: C:\consul\error.txt

# Install and start the foo service, redirecting stdout and stderr to the same file
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    stdout_file: C:\windows\foo.log
    stderr_file: C:\windows\foo.log

# Install and start the foo service, but wait for dependencies tcpip and adf
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    dependencies: 'adf,tcpip'

# Install and start the foo service with dedicated user
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    user: foouser
    password: secret

# Install the foo service but do not start it automatically
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    application: C:\windows\foo.exe
    state: present
    start_mode: manual

# Remove the foo service
- win_nssm:
    name: foo
    state: absent

Status

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

Support

This module is community maintained without core committer oversight.

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