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


This module is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short module name advanced_host_list even without specifying the collections: keyword. However, we recommend you use the FQCN for easy linking to the module documentation and to avoid conflicting with other collections that may have the same module name.

New in version 2.4: of ansible.builtin


  • 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