Documentation

aws_ssm – Get the value for a SSM parameter or all parameters under a path

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • Get the value for an Amazon Simple Systems Manager parameter or a hierarchy of parameters. The first argument you pass the lookup can either be a parameter name or a hierarchy of parameters. Hierarchies start with a forward slash and end with the parameter name. Up to 5 layers may be specified.
  • If looking up an explicitly listed parameter by name which does not exist then the lookup will return a None value which will be interpreted by Jinja2 as an empty string. You can use the `default` filter to give a default value in this case but must set the second parameter to true (see examples below)
  • When looking up a path for parameters under it a dictionary will be returned for each path. If there is no parameter under that path then the return will be successful but the dictionary will be empty.
  • If the lookup fails due to lack of permissions or due to an AWS client error then the aws_ssm will generate an error, normally crashing the current ansible task. This is normally the right thing since ignoring a value that IAM isn’t giving access to could cause bigger problems and wrong behaviour or loss of data. If you want to continue in this case then you will have to set up two ansible tasks, one which sets a variable and ignores failures one which uses the value of that variable with a default. See the examples below.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the local master node that executes this lookup.

  • boto3
  • botocore

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Configuration Comments
bypath
boolean
Default:
"no"
A boolean to indicate whether the parameter is provided as a hierarchy.
decrypt
boolean
Default:
"yes"
A boolean to indicate whether to decrypt the parameter.
recursive
boolean
Default:
"no"
A boolean to indicate whether to retrieve all parameters within a hierarchy.
shortnames
boolean
Default:
"no"
Indicates whether to return the name only without path if using a parameter hierarchy.

Examples

# lookup sample:
- name: lookup ssm parameter store in the current region
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello' ) }}"

- name: lookup ssm parameter store in nominated region
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello', region='us-east-2' ) }}"

- name: lookup ssm parameter store without decrypted
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello', decrypt=False ) }}"

- name: lookup ssm parameter store in nominated aws profile
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello', aws_profile='myprofile' ) }}"

- name: lookup ssm parameter store using explicit aws credentials
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello', aws_access_key=my_aws_access_key, aws_secret_key=my_aws_secret_key, aws_security_token=my_security_token ) }}"

- name: lookup ssm parameter store with all options.
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'Hello', decrypt=false, region='us-east-2', aws_profile='myprofile') }}"

- name: lookup a key which doesn't exist, returns ""
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'NoKey') }}"

- name: lookup a key which doesn't exist, returning a default ('root')
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', 'AdminID') | default('root', true) }}"

- name: lookup a key which doesn't exist failing to store it in a fact
  set_fact:
    temp_secret: "{{ lookup('aws_ssm', '/NoAccess/hiddensecret') }}"
  ignore_errors: true

- name: show fact default to "access failed" if we don't have access
  debug: msg="{{ 'the secret was:' ~ temp_secret | default('could not access secret') }}"

- name: return a dictionary of ssm parameters from a hierarchy path
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', '/PATH/to/params', region='ap-southeast-2', bypath=true, recursive=true ) }}"

- name: return a dictionary of ssm parameters from a hierarchy path with shortened names (param instead of /PATH/to/param)
  debug: msg="{{ lookup('aws_ssm', '/PATH/to/params', region='ap-southeast-2', shortnames=true, bypath=true, recursive=true ) }}"

- name: Iterate over a parameter hierarchy
  debug: msg='key contains {{item.Name}} with value {{item.Value}} '
  loop: '{{ query("aws_ssm", "/TEST/test-list", region="ap-southeast-2", bypath=true) }}'

Status

Authors

Hint

If you notice any issues in this documentation you can edit this document to improve it.