raw – Executes a low-down and dirty command


  • Executes a low-down and dirty SSH command, not going through the module subsystem.
  • This is useful and should only be done in a few cases. A common case is installing python on a system without python installed by default. Another is speaking to any devices such as routers that do not have any Python installed. In any other case, using the shell or command module is much more appropriate.
  • Arguments given to raw are run directly through the configured remote shell.
  • Standard output, error output and return code are returned when available.
  • There is no change handler support for this module.
  • This module does not require python on the remote system, much like the script module.
  • This module is also supported for Windows targets.


Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
Change the shell used to execute the command. Should be an absolute path to the executable.
When using privilege escalation (become) a default shell will be assigned if one is not provided as privilege escalation requires a shell.
- / required
The raw module takes a free form command to run.
There is no parameter actually named 'free form'; see the examples!



  • If using raw from a playbook, you may need to disable fact gathering using gather_facts: no if you’re using raw to bootstrap python onto the machine.
  • If you want to execute a command securely and predictably, it may be better to use the command or shell modules instead.
  • The environment keyword does not work with raw normally, it requires a shell which means it only works if executable is set or using the module with privilege escalation (become).
  • This module is also supported for Windows targets.

See Also

See also

command – Execute commands on targets
The official documentation on the command module.
shell – Execute shell commands on targets
The official documentation on the shell module.
win_command – Executes a command on a remote Windows node
The official documentation on the win_command module.
win_shell – Execute shell commands on target hosts
The official documentation on the win_shell module.


- name: Bootstrap a host without python2 installed
  raw: dnf install -y python2 python2-dnf libselinux-python

- name: Run a command that uses non-posix shell-isms (in this example /bin/sh doesn't handle redirection and wildcards together but bash does)
  raw: cat < /tmp/*txt
    executable: /bin/bash

- name: Safely use templated variables. Always use quote filter to avoid injection issues.
  raw: "{{ package_mgr|quote }} {{ pkg_flags|quote }} install {{ python|quote }}"

- name: List user accounts on a Windows system
  raw: Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_UserAccount


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
  • Michael DeHaan


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