Ansible 2.8 Porting Guide

This section discusses the behavioral changes between Ansible 2.7 and Ansible 2.8.

It is intended to assist in updating your playbooks, plugins and other parts of your Ansible infrastructure so they will work with this version of Ansible.

We suggest you read this page along with Ansible Changelog for 2.8 to understand what updates you may need to make.

This document is part of a collection on porting. The complete list of porting guides can be found at porting guides.


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Command Line

Become Prompting

Beginning in version 2.8, by default Ansible will use the word BECOME to prompt you for a password for elevated privileges (sudo privileges on unix systems or enable mode on network devices):

By default in Ansible 2.8:

ansible-playbook --become --ask-become-pass site.yml
BECOME password:

If you want the prompt to display the specific become_method you’re using, instead of the agnostic value BECOME, set AGNOSTIC_BECOME_PROMPT to False in your Ansible configuration.

By default in Ansible 2.7, or with AGNOSTIC_BECOME_PROMPT=False in Ansible 2.8:

ansible-playbook --become --ask-become-pass site.yml
SUDO password:


  • Setting the async directory using ANSIBLE_ASYNC_DIR as an task/play environment key is deprecated and will be removed in Ansible 2.12. You can achieve the same result by setting ansible_async_dir as a variable like:

    - name: run task with custom async directory
      command: sleep 5
      async: 10
        ansible_aync_dir: /tmp/.ansible_async


Major changes in popular modules are detailed here

The exec wrapper that runs PowerShell modules has been changed to set $ErrorActionPreference = "Stop" globally. This may mean that custom modules can fail if they implicitly relied on this behaviour. To get the old behaviour back, add $ErrorActionPreference = "Continue" to the top of the module. This change was made to restore the old behaviour of the EAP that was accidentally removed in a previous release and ensure that modules are more resiliant to errors that may occur in execution.

Modules removed

The following modules no longer exist:

  • ec2_remote_facts
  • azure
  • cs_nic
  • netscaler
  • win_msi

Deprecation notices

The following modules will be removed in Ansible 2.12. Please update your playbooks accordingly.

Noteworthy module changes

  • The foreman and katello modules have been deprecated in favor of a set of modules that are broken out per entity with better idempotency in mind.
  • The foreman and katello modules replacement is officially part of the Foreman Community and supported there.
  • The tower_credential module originally required the ssh_key_data to be the path to a ssh_key_file. In order to work like Tower/AWX, ssh_key_data now contains the content of the file. The previous behavior can be achieved with lookup('file', '/path/to/file').
  • The win_scheduled_task module deprecated support for specifying a trigger repetition as a list and this format will be removed in Ansible 2.12. Instead specify the repetition as a dictionary value.
  • The win_feature module has removed the deprecated restart_needed return value, use the standardised reboot_required value instead.
  • The win_package module has removed the deprecated restart_required and exit_code return value, use the standardised reboot_required and rc value instead.
  • The win_get_url module has removed the deprecated win_get_url return dictionary, contained values are returned directly.
  • The win_get_url module has removed the deprecated skip_certificate_validation option, use the standardised validate_certs option instead.
  • The vmware_local_role_facts module now returns a list of dicts instead of a dict of dicts for role information.


  • The powershell shell plugin now uses async_dir to define the async path for the results file and the default has changed to %USERPROFILE%\.ansible_async. To control this path now, either set the ansible_async_dir variable or the async_dir value in the powershell section of the config ini.

Porting custom scripts

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