Shell Plugins

Shell plugins work transparently to ensure that the basic commands Ansible runs are properly formatted to work with the target machine.

Enabling Shell Plugins

You can add a custom shell plugin by dropping it into a shell_plugins directory adjacent to your play, inside a role, or by putting it in one of the shell plugin directory sources configured in ansible.cfg.


You should not alter the configuration for these plugins unless you have a setup in which the default /bin/sh is not a POSIX compatible shell or is not availble for execution.

Using Shell Plugins

In addition to the default configuration settings in Configuration, you can use a ‘connection variable’ ansible_shell_type to select the plugin to use. In this case, you will also want to update the ansible_executable to match.

See also

An introduction to playbooks
Inventory Plugins
Ansible inventory plugins
Callback Plugins
Ansible callback plugins
Jinja2 filter plugins
Jinja2 test plugins
Jinja2 lookup plugins
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