vyos.vyos.vyos_command module – Run one or more commands on VyOS devices


This module is part of the vyos.vyos collection (version 4.1.0).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install vyos.vyos.

To use it in a playbook, specify: vyos.vyos.vyos_command.

New in vyos.vyos 1.0.0


  • The command module allows running one or more commands on remote devices running VyOS. This module can also be introspected to validate key parameters before returning successfully. If the conditional statements are not met in the wait period, the task fails.

  • Certain show commands in VyOS produce many lines of output and use a custom pager that can cause this module to hang. If the value of the environment variable ANSIBLE_VYOS_TERMINAL_LENGTH is not set, the default number of 10000 is used.

Aliases: command





list / elements=any / required

The ordered set of commands to execute on the remote device running VyOS. The output from the command execution is returned to the playbook. If the wait_for argument is provided, the module is not returned until the condition is satisfied or the number of retries has been exceeded.

If a command sent to the device requires answering a prompt, it is possible to pass a dict containing command, answer and prompt. Common answers are ‘y’ or “\r” (carriage return, must be double quotes). Refer below examples.



Configures the interval in seconds to wait between retries of the command. If the command does not pass the specified conditions, the interval indicates how long to wait before trying the command again.

Default: 1



The match argument is used in conjunction with the wait_for argument to specify the match policy. Valid values are all or any. If the value is set to all then all conditionals in the wait_for must be satisfied. If the value is set to any then only one of the values must be satisfied.


  • "any"

  • "all" ← (default)



Specifies the number of retries a command should be tried before it is considered failed. The command is run on the target device every retry and evaluated against the wait_for conditionals.

The commands are run once when retries is set to 0.

Default: 9


aliases: waitfor

list / elements=string

Specifies what to evaluate from the output of the command and what conditionals to apply. This argument will cause the task to wait for a particular conditional to be true before moving forward. If the conditional is not true by the configured retries, the task fails. See examples.



  • Tested against VyOS 1.1.8 (helium).

  • Running show system boot-messages all will cause the module to hang since VyOS is using a custom pager setting to display the output of that command.

  • If a command sent to the device requires answering a prompt, it is possible to pass a dict containing command, answer and prompt. See examples.

  • This module works with connection ansible.netcommon.network_cli. See the VyOS OS Platform Options.

  • For more information on using Ansible to manage network devices see the :ref:`Ansible Network Guide <network_guide>`


- name: show configuration on ethernet devices eth0 and eth1
    - show interfaces ethernet {{ item }}
  - eth0
  - eth1

- name: run multiple commands and check if version output contains specific version
    - show version
    - show hardware cpu
    - result[0] contains 'VyOS 1.1.7'

- name: run command that requires answering a prompt
    - command: rollback 1
      prompt: Proceed with reboot? [confirm][y]
      answer: y

Return Values

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




list / elements=string

The list of conditionals that have failed

Returned: failed

Sample: ["...", "..."]


list / elements=string

The set of responses from the commands

Returned: always apart from low level errors (such as action plugin)

Sample: ["...", "..."]


list / elements=string

The value of stdout split into a list

Returned: always

Sample: [["...", "..."], ["..."], ["..."]]


list / elements=string

The list of warnings (if any) generated by module based on arguments

Returned: always

Sample: ["...", "..."]


  • Nathaniel Case (@Qalthos)