Action Plugins

Action plugins act in conjunction with modules to execute the actions required by playbook tasks. They usually execute automatically in the background doing prerequisite work before modules execute.

The ‘normal’ action plugin is used for modules that do not already have an action plugin.

Enabling action plugins

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

Using action plugins

Action plugin are executed by default when an associated module is used; no action is required.

Plugin list

You cannot list action plugins directly, they show up as their counterpart modules:

Use ansible-doc -l to see the list of available modules. Use ansible-doc <name> to see specific documentation and examples, this should note if the module has a corresponding action plugin.

See also

Cache Plugins

Ansible Cache plugins

Callback Plugins

Ansible callback plugins

Connection Plugins

Ansible connection plugins

Inventory Plugins

Ansible inventory plugins

Shell Plugins

Ansible Shell plugins

Strategy Plugins

Ansible Strategy plugins

Vars Plugins

Ansible Vars plugins

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