ansible.builtin.advanced_host_list inventory – Parses a ‘host list’ with ranges


This inventory plugin is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short plugin name advanced_host_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 inventory plugin name.

New in Ansible 2.4


  • Parses a host list string as a comma separated values of hosts and supports host ranges.

  • This plugin only applies to inventory sources that are not paths and contain at least one comma.


# simple range
# ansible -i 'host[1:10],' -m ping

# still supports w/o ranges also
# ansible-playbook -i 'localhost,' play.yml


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.