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osx_defaults – Manage macOS user defaults

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • osx_defaults allows users to read, write, and delete macOS user defaults from Ansible scripts.
  • macOS applications and other programs use the defaults system to record user preferences and other information that must be maintained when the applications are not running (such as default font for new documents, or the position of an Info panel).

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
array_add
boolean
    Choices:
  • no ←
  • yes
Add new elements to the array for a key which has an array as its value.
domain
string
Default:
NSGlobalDomain
The domain is a domain name of the form com.companyname.appname.
host
string
added in 2.1
The host on which the preference should apply.
The special value currentHost corresponds to the -currentHost switch of the defaults commandline tool.
key
string / required
The key of the user preference.
path
string
Default:
/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin
The path in which to search for osx_defaults.
state
string
    Choices:
  • absent
  • list
  • present ←
The state of the user defaults.
If set to list will query the given parameter specified by key. Returns 'null' is nothing found or mis-spelled.
list added in version 2.8.
type
string
    Choices:
  • array
  • bool
  • boolean
  • date
  • float
  • int
  • integer
  • string ←
The type of value to write.
value
raw
The value to write.
Only required when state=present.

Notes

Note

  • Apple Mac caches defaults. You may need to logout and login to apply the changes.

Examples

- osx_defaults:
    domain: com.apple.Safari
    key: IncludeInternalDebugMenu
    type: bool
    value: true
    state: present

- osx_defaults:
    domain: NSGlobalDomain
    key: AppleMeasurementUnits
    type: string
    value: Centimeters
    state: present

- osx_defaults:
    domain: com.apple.screensaver
    host: currentHost
    key: showClock
    type: int
    value: 1

- osx_defaults:
    key: AppleMeasurementUnits
    type: string
    value: Centimeters

- osx_defaults:
    key: AppleLanguages
    type: array
    value:
      - en
      - nl

- osx_defaults:
    domain: com.geekchimp.macable
    key: ExampleKeyToRemove
    state: absent

Status

  • This module is guaranteed to have no backward incompatible interface changes going forward. [stableinterface]
  • This module is maintained by the Ansible Community. [community]

Authors

  • Franck Nijhof (@frenck)

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