Shell Plugins

Shell plugins work to ensure that the basic commands Ansible runs are properly formatted to work with the target machine and allow the user to configure certain behaviors related to how Ansible executes tasks.

Enabling shell plugins

You can add a custom shell plugin by dropping it into a shell_plugins directory adjacent to your play, inside a role, or by putting it in one of the shell plugin directory sources configured in ansible.cfg.


You should not alter which plugin is used unless you have a setup in which the default /bin/sh is not a POSIX compatible shell or is not available for execution.

Using shell plugins

In addition to the default configuration settings in Ansible Configuration Settings, you can use the connection variable ansible_shell_type to select the plugin to use. In this case, you will also want to update the ansible_shell_executable to match.

You can further control the settings for each plugin via other configuration options detailed in the plugin themselves (linked below).

See also

About Playbooks

An introduction to playbooks

Inventory Plugins

Ansible inventory plugins

Callback Plugins

Ansible callback plugins


Jinja2 filter plugins


Jinja2 test plugins


Jinja2 lookup plugins

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