RouterOS Platform Options

Connections Available

CLI
Protocol SSH
Credentials

uses SSH keys / SSH-agent if present

accepts -u myuser -k if using password

Indirect Access via a bastion (jump host)
Connection Settings ansible_connection: network_cli
Enable Mode
(Privilege Escalation)
not supported by RouterOS
Returned Data Format stdout[0].

RouterOS does not support ansible_connection: local. You must use ansible_connection: network_cli.

Using CLI in Ansible

Example CLI group_vars/routeros.yml

ansible_connection: network_cli
ansible_network_os: routeros
ansible_user: myuser
ansible_password: !vault...
ansible_become: yes
ansible_become_method: enable
ansible_become_password: !vault...
ansible_ssh_common_args: '-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p -q bastion01"'
  • If you are using SSH keys (including an ssh-agent) you can remove the ansible_password configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host directly (not through a bastion/jump host) you can remove the ansible_ssh_common_args configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host through a bastion/jump host, you cannot include your SSH password in the ProxyCommand directive. To prevent secrets from leaking out (for example in ps output), SSH does not support providing passwords via environment variables.
  • If you are getting timeout errors you may want to add +cet1024w suffix to your username which will disable console colors, enable “dumb” mode, tell RouterOS not to try detecting terminal capabilities and set terminal width to 1024 columns. See article Console login process in MikroTik wiki for more information.

Example CLI Task

- name: Display resource statistics (routeros)
  routeros_command:
    commands: /system resource print
  register: routeros_resources
  when: ansible_network_os == 'routeros'

Warning

Never store passwords in plain text. We recommend using SSH keys to authenticate SSH connections. Ansible supports ssh-agent to manage your SSH keys. If you must use passwords to authenticate SSH connections, we recommend encrypting them with Ansible Vault.