import_tasks – Import a task list

New in version 2.4.


  • Imports a list of tasks to be added to the current playbook for subsequent execution.


Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
The name of the imported file is specified directly without any other option.
Most keywords, including loops and conditionals, only applied to the imported tasks, not to this statement itself.
If you need any of those to apply, use include_tasks instead.



  • This is a core feature of Ansible, rather than a module, and cannot be overridden like a module.

See Also

See also

import_playbook – Import a playbook

The official documentation on the import_playbook module.

import_role – Import a role into a play

The official documentation on the import_role module.

include_role – Load and execute a role

The official documentation on the include_role module.

include_tasks – Dynamically include a task list

The official documentation on the include_tasks module.

Including and Importing

More information related to including and importing playbooks, roles and tasks.


- hosts: all
    - debug:
        msg: task1

    - name: Include task list in play
      import_tasks: stuff.yaml

    - debug:
        msg: task10

- hosts: all
    - debug:
        msg: task1

    - name: Apply conditional to all imported tasks
      import_tasks: stuff.yaml
      when: hostvar is defined


Red Hat Support

More information about Red Hat’s support of this module is available from this Red Hat Knowledge Base article.


  • Ansible Core Team (@ansible)


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