ansible-inventory [options] [host|group]


used to display or dump the configured inventory as Ansible sees it

Common Options


ask for vault password


create inventory graph, if supplying pattern it must be a valid group name

--host <HOST>

Output specific host info, works as inventory script


Output all hosts info, works as inventory script


outputs a list of matching hosts; does not execute anything else


Add vars to graph display, ignored unless used with –graph


the vault identity to use


vault password file


show program’s version number and exit

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-i, --inventory, --inventory-file

specify inventory host path or comma separated host list. –inventory-file is deprecated

-l <SUBSET>, --limit <SUBSET>

further limit selected hosts to an additional pattern

-v, --verbose

verbose mode (-vvv for more, -vvvv to enable connection debugging)

-y, --yaml

Use YAML format instead of default JSON, ignored for –graph


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_CONFIG – Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg


/etc/ansible/ansible.cfg – Config file, used if present

~/.ansible.cfg – User config file, overrides the default config if present


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.

See also

ansible(1), ansible-config(1), ansible-console(1), ansible-doc(1), ansible-galaxy(1), ansible-inventory(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-vault(1),