usage: ansible-inventory [-h] [--version] [-v] [-i INVENTORY]
                      [--vault-id VAULT_IDS]
                      [--ask-vault-password | --vault-password-file VAULT_PASSWORD_FILES]
                      [--playbook-dir BASEDIR] [-e EXTRA_VARS] [--list]
                      [--host HOST] [--graph] [-y] [--toml] [--vars]
                      [--export] [--output OUTPUT_FILE]


used to display or dump the configured inventory as Ansible sees it

Common Options

--ask-vault-password, --ask-vault-pass

ask for vault password


When doing an –list, represent in a way that is optimized for export,not as an accurate representation of how Ansible has processed it


create inventory graph, if supplying pattern it must be a valid group name

--host <HOST>

Output specific host info, works as inventory script


Output all hosts info, works as inventory script



--output <OUTPUT_FILE>

When doing –list, send the inventory to a file instead of to the screen

--playbook-dir <BASEDIR>

Since this tool does not use playbooks, use this as a substitute playbook directory. This sets the relative path for many features including roles/ group_vars/ etc.


Use TOML format instead of default JSON, ignored for –graph


Add vars to graph display, ignored unless used with –graph


the vault identity to use

--vault-password-file, --vault-pass-file

vault password file


show program’s version number, config file location, configured module search path, module location, executable location and exit

-e, --extra-vars

set additional variables as key=value or YAML/JSON, if filename prepend with @

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-i, --inventory, --inventory-file

specify inventory host path or comma separated host list. –inventory-file is deprecated

-l, --limit


-v, --verbose

Causes Ansible to print more debug messages. Adding multiple -v will increase the verbosity, the builtin plugins currently evaluate up to -vvvvvv. A reasonable level to start is -vvv, connection debugging might require -vvvv.

-y, --yaml

Use YAML format instead of default JSON, ignored for –graph


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_CONFIG – Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg


/etc/ansible/ansible.cfg – Config file, used if present

~/.ansible.cfg – User config file, overrides the default config if present


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.


Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3+ License.

See also

ansible(1), ansible-config(1), ansible-console(1), ansible-doc(1), ansible-galaxy(1), ansible-inventory(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-vault(1),