ansible.builtin.advanced_host_list inventory – Parses a ‘host list’ with ranges


This inventory plugin is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short plugin name advanced_host_list. However, we recommend you use the Fully Qualified Collection Name (FQCN) ansible.builtin.advanced_host_list for easy linking to the plugin documentation and to avoid conflicting with other collections that may have the same inventory plugin name.


  • Parses a host list string as a comma separated values of hosts and supports host ranges.

  • This plugin only applies to inventory sources that are not paths and contain at least one comma.


# simple range
# ansible -i 'host[1:10],' -m ping

# still supports w/o ranges also
# ansible-playbook -i 'localhost,' play.yml


Configuration entries for each entry type have a low to high priority order. For example, a variable that is lower in the list will override a variable that is higher up.