plugin documentation tool


usage: ansible-doc [-h] [--version] [-v] [-M MODULE_PATH]
                [--playbook-dir BASEDIR]
                [-t {become,cache,callback,cliconf,connection,httpapi,inventory,lookup,netconf,shell,vars,module,strategy,test,filter,role,keyword}]
                [-j] [-r ROLES_PATH]
                [-e ENTRY_POINT | -s | -F | -l | --metadata-dump]
                [plugin ...]


displays information on modules installed in Ansible libraries. It displays a terse listing of plugins and their short descriptions, provides a printout of their DOCUMENTATION strings, and it can create a short “snippet” which can be pasted into a playbook.

Common Options


For internal use only Dump json metadata for all entries, ignores other options.


For internal use only Only used for –metadata-dump. Do not fail on errors. Report the error message in the JSON instead.

--playbook-dir <BASEDIR>

Since this tool does not use playbooks, use this as a substitute playbook directory. This sets the relative path for many features including roles/ group_vars/ etc.


show program’s version number, config file location, configured module search path, module location, executable location and exit

-F, --list_files

Show plugin names and their source files without summaries (implies –list). A supplied argument will be used for filtering, can be a namespace or full collection name.

-M, --module-path

prepend colon-separated path(s) to module library (default={{ ANSIBLE_HOME ~ “/plugins/modules:/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules” }}). This argument may be specified multiple times.

-e <ENTRY_POINT>, --entry-point <ENTRY_POINT>

Select the entry point for role(s).

-h, --help

show this help message and exit

-j, --json

Change output into json format.

-l, --list

List available plugins. A supplied argument will be used for filtering, can be a namespace or full collection name.

-r, --roles-path

The path to the directory containing your roles. This argument may be specified multiple times.

-s, --snippet

Show playbook snippet for these plugin types: inventory, lookup, module

-t <TYPE>, --type <TYPE>

Choose which plugin type (defaults to “module”). Available plugin types are : (‘become’, ‘cache’, ‘callback’, ‘cliconf’, ‘connection’, ‘httpapi’, ‘inventory’, ‘lookup’, ‘netconf’, ‘shell’, ‘vars’, ‘module’, ‘strategy’, ‘test’, ‘filter’, ‘role’, ‘keyword’)

-v, --verbose

Causes Ansible to print more debug messages. Adding multiple -v will increase the verbosity, the builtin plugins currently evaluate up to -vvvvvv. A reasonable level to start is -vvv, connection debugging might require -vvvv. This argument may be specified multiple times.


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_LIBRARY – Override the default ansible module library path

ANSIBLE_CONFIG – Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg


/etc/ansible/ansible.cfg – Config file, used if present

~/.ansible.cfg – User config file, overrides the default config if present


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.


Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3+ License.

See also

ansible(1), ansible-config(1), ansible-console(1), ansible-galaxy(1), ansible-inventory(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-vault(1)