plugin documentation tool


ansible-doc [-l|-F|-s] [options] [-t <plugin type> ] [plugin]


displays information on modules installed in Ansible libraries. It displays a terse listing of plugins and their short descriptions, provides a printout of their DOCUMENTATION strings, and it can create a short “snippet” which can be pasted into a playbook.

Common Options


show program’s version number and exit

-F, --list_files

Show plugin names and their source files without summaries (implies –list)

-M, --module-path

prepend colon-separated path(s) to module library (default=[‘/root/.ansible/plugins/modules’, ‘/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules’])

-a, --all

For internal testing only Show documentation for all plugins.

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-j, --json

For internal testing only Dump json metadata for all plugins.

-l, --list

List available plugins

-s, --snippet

Show playbook snippet for specified plugin(s)

-t <TYPE>, --type <TYPE>

Choose which plugin type (defaults to “module”)

-v, --verbose

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


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),