ansible.builtin.ping module – Try to connect to host, verify a usable python and return pong on success

Note

This module is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short module name ping 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.

Synopsis

  • A trivial test module, this module always returns pong on successful contact. It does not make sense in playbooks, but it is useful from /usr/bin/ansible to verify the ability to login and that a usable Python is configured.

  • This is NOT ICMP ping, this is just a trivial test module that requires Python on the remote-node.

  • For Windows targets, use the ansible.windows.win_ping module instead.

  • For Network targets, use the ansible.netcommon.net_ping module instead.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

data

string

Data to return for the ping return value.

If this parameter is set to crash, the module will cause an exception.

Default: “pong”

Attributes

Attribute

Support

Description

check_mode

Support: full

Can run in check_mode and return changed status prediction without modifying target

diff_mode

Support: none

Will return details on what has changed (or possibly needs changing in check_mode), when in diff mode

platform

Platform: posix

Target OS/families that can be operated against

See Also

See also

ansible.netcommon.net_ping

The official documentation on the ansible.netcommon.net_ping module.

ansible.windows.win_ping

The official documentation on the ansible.windows.win_ping module.

Examples

# Test we can logon to 'webservers' and execute python with json lib.
# ansible webservers -m ansible.builtin.ping

- name: Example from an Ansible Playbook
  ansible.builtin.ping:

- name: Induce an exception to see what happens
  ansible.builtin.ping:
    data: crash

Return Values

Common return values are documented here, the following are the fields unique to this module:

Key

Description

ping

string

Value provided with the data parameter.

Returned: success

Sample: “pong”

Authors

  • Ansible Core Team

  • Michael DeHaan