– Executes tasks without waiting for all hosts


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

New in version 2.0: of ansible.builtin


  • Task execution is as fast as possible per batch as defined by serial (default all). Ansible will not wait for other hosts to finish the current task before queuing more tasks for other hosts. All hosts are still attempted for the current task, but it prevents blocking new tasks for hosts that have already finished.

  • With the free strategy, unlike the default linear strategy, a host that is slow or stuck on a specific task won’t hold up the rest of the hosts and tasks.


  • Ansible Core Team