ansible.builtin.list lookup – simply returns what it is given.


This lookup plugin is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short plugin name list even without specifying the collections: keyword. However, we recommend you use the FQCN for easy linking to the plugin documentation and to avoid conflicting with other collections that may have the same lookup plugin name.

New in version 2.0: of ansible.builtin


  • this is mostly a noop, to be used as a with_list loop when you dont want the content transformed in any way.


- name: unlike with_items you will get 3 items from this loop, the 2nd one being a list
  debug: var=item
    - 1
    - [2,3]
    - 4

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this lookup:




list / elements=any

basically the same as you fed in

Returned: success


  • Ansible Core Team


Configuration entries for each entry type have a low to high priority order. For example, a variable that is lower in the list will override a variable that is higher up.