Logging Ansible output

By default, Ansible sends output about plays, tasks, and module arguments to your screen (STDOUT) on the control node. If you want to capture Ansible output in a log, you have three options:

  • To save Ansible output in a single log on the control node, set the log_path configuration file setting. You may also want to set display_args_to_stdout, which helps to differentiate similar tasks by including variable values in the Ansible output.

  • To save Ansible output in separate logs, one on each managed node, set the no_target_syslog and syslog_facility configuration file settings.

  • To save Ansible output to a secure database, use AWX or Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. You can then review history based on hosts, projects, and particular inventories over time, using graphs and/or a REST API.

Protecting sensitive data with no_log

If you save Ansible output to a log, you expose any secret data in your Ansible output, such as passwords and usernames. To keep sensitive values out of your logs, mark tasks that expose them with the no_log: True attribute. However, the no_log attribute does not affect debugging output, so be careful not to debug playbooks in a production environment. See How do I keep secret data in my playbook? for an example.