Ansible Tower has a powerful search tool that provides both search and filter capabilities that span across multiple functions.
Acceptable search criteria are provided in an expandable “cheat-sheet” accessible from the Key button.
Use the Clear All to clear the search criteria.
These searching tips assume that you are not searching hosts. Most of this section still applies to hosts but with some subtle differences. A typical syntax of a search consists a field (left-hand side) and a value (right-hand side). A colon is used to separate the field that you want to search from the value. If a search doesn’t have a colon (see example 3) it is treated as a simple string search where
?search=foobar is sent. Here are the examples of syntax used for searching:
name:localhost In this example, the string before the colon represents the field that you want to search on. If that string does not match something from Fields or Related Fields then it’s treated the same way Example 3 is (string search). The string after the colon is the string that you want to search for within the name attribute.
organization.name:Default This example shows a Related Field Search. The period in the left-hand portion separates the model from the field in this case. Depending on how deep/complex the search is, you could have multiple periods in that left-hand portion.
foobar Simple string (key term) search that will find all instances of that term using an
icontains search against the name and description fields. If a space is used between terms (e.g. foo bar), then any results that contain both terms will be returned. If the terms are wrapped in quotes (e.g. “foo bar”), Tower will search for the entire string with the terms appearing together. Specific name searches will search against the API name. For example,
Management job in the user interface is
system_job in the API.
organization:Default This example shows a Related Field search but without specifying a field to go along with the organization. This is supported by the API and is analogous to a simple string search but done against the organization (will do an
icontains search against both the name and description).
To find values for certain fields, refer to the API endpoint for extensive options and their valid values. For example, if you want to search against
type field, you can find the values by performing an OPTIONS request to
/api/v2/jobs and look for entries in the API for
"type". Additionally, you can view the related searches by scrolling to the bottom of each screen. In the example for
/api/v2/jobs, the related search shows:
"related_search_fields": [ "modified_by__search", "project__search", "project_update__search", "credentials__search", "unified_job_template__search", "created_by__search", "inventory__search", "labels__search", "schedule__search", "webhook_credential__search", "job_template__search", "job_events__search", "dependent_jobs__search", "launch_config__search", "unifiedjob_ptr__search", "notifications__search", "unified_job_node__search", "instance_group__search", "hosts__search", "job_host_summaries__search"
The values for Fields come from the keys in a GET request.
summary_fields are not used. The values for Related Fields also come from the OPTIONS response, but from a different attribute. Related Fields is populated by taking all the values from
related_search_fields and stripping off the
__search from the end.
Any search that does not start with a value from Fields or a value from the Related Fields, will be treated as a generic string search. Searching for something like
localhost will result in the UI sending
?search=localhost as a query parameter to the API endpoint. This is a shortcut for an
icontains search on the name and description fields.
The following are a few things about searching in Tower that you should be aware of:
There’s currently no supported syntax for OR queries. All search terms get AND’d in the query parameters.
The left-hand portion of a search parameter can be wrapped in quotes to support searching for strings with spaces.
Currently, the values in the Fields are direct attributes expected to be returned in a GET request. Whenever you search against one of the values, Tower essentially does an
__icontains search. So, for example,
name:localhost would send back
?name__icontains=localhost. Tower currently performs this search for every Field value, even
id, which is not ideal.
Where applicable, use the arrows in each column to sort by ascending or descending order (following is an example from the schedules list).
The direction of the arrow indicates the sort order of the column.