ansible.builtin.random_choice – return random element from list


This module is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short module name random_choice 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 1.1: of ansible.builtin


  • The ‘random_choice’ feature can be used to pick something at random. While it’s not a load balancer (there are modules for those), it can somewhat be used as a poor man’s load balancer in a MacGyver like situation.

  • At a more basic level, they can be used to add chaos and excitement to otherwise predictable automation environments.


- name: Magic 8 ball for MUDs
    msg: "{{ item }}"
     - "go through the door"
     - "drink from the goblet"
     - "press the red button"
     - "do nothing"

Return Values

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

Key Returned Description
random item


  • Michael DeHaan