ansible.builtin.service_facts module – Return service state information as fact data

Note

This module is part of ansible-core and included in all Ansible installations. In most cases, you can use the short module name service_facts 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 2.5: of ansible.builtin

Synopsis

  • Return service state information as fact data for various service management utilities.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • Any of the following supported init systems: systemd, sysv, upstart, openrc, AIX SRC

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

facts

Support: full

Action returns an ansible_facts dictionary that will update existing host facts

platform

Platform: posix

Target OS/families that can be operated against

Notes

Note

  • When accessing the ansible_facts.services facts collected by this module, it is recommended to not use “dot notation” because services can have a - character in their name which would result in invalid “dot notation”, such as ansible_facts.services.zuul-gateway. It is instead recommended to using the string value of the service name as the key in order to obtain the fact data value like ansible_facts.services['zuul-gateway']

  • AIX SRC was added in version 2.11.

Examples

- name: Populate service facts
  ansible.builtin.service_facts:

- name: Print service facts
  ansible.builtin.debug:
    var: ansible_facts.services

Returned Facts

Facts returned by this module are added/updated in the hostvars host facts and can be referenced by name just like any other host fact. They do not need to be registered in order to use them.

Key

Description

services

complex

States of the services with service name as key.

Returned: always

name

string

Name of the service.

Returned: always

Sample: “arp-ethers.service”

source

string

Init system of the service.

One of rcctl, systemd, sysv, upstart, src.

Returned: always

Sample: “sysv”

state

string

State of the service.

This commonly includes (but is not limited to) the following: failed, running, stopped or unknown.

Depending on the used init system additional states might be returned.

Returned: always

Sample: “running”

status

string

State of the service.

Either enabled, disabled, static, indirect or unknown.

Returned: systemd systems or RedHat/SUSE flavored sysvinit/upstart or OpenBSD

Sample: “enabled”

Authors

  • Adam Miller (@maxamillion)