ansible.netcommon.net_ping module – Tests reachability using ping from a network device

Note

This module is part of the ansible.netcommon collection (version 3.1.1).

You might already have this collection installed if you are using the ansible package. It is not included in ansible-core. To check whether it is installed, run ansible-galaxy collection list.

To install it, use: ansible-galaxy collection install ansible.netcommon.

To use it in a playbook, specify: ansible.netcommon.net_ping.

New in version 1.0.0: of ansible.netcommon

Synopsis

  • Tests reachability using ping from network device to a remote destination.

Note

This module has a corresponding action plugin.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

count

string

Number of packets to send.

Default: 5

dest

string / required

The IP Address or hostname (resolvable by switch) of the remote node.

source

string

The source IP Address.

state

string

Determines if the expected result is success or fail.

Choices:

  • absent

  • present ← (default)

vrf

string

The VRF to use for forwarding.

Default: “default”

Notes

Note

Examples

- name: Test reachability to 10.10.10.10 using default vrf
  ansible.netcommon.net_ping:
    dest: 10.10.10.10

- name: Test reachability to 10.20.20.20 using prod vrf
  ansible.netcommon.net_ping:
    dest: 10.20.20.20
    vrf: prod

- name: Test unreachability to 10.30.30.30 using default vrf
  ansible.netcommon.net_ping:
    dest: 10.30.30.30
    state: absent

- name: Test reachability to 10.40.40.40 using prod vrf and setting count and source
  ansible.netcommon.net_ping:
    dest: 10.40.40.40
    source: loopback0
    vrf: prod
    count: 20

- Note:
    - For targets running Python, use the M(ansible.builtin.shell) module along with ping command instead.
    - Example:
        name: ping
        shell: ping -c 1 <remote-ip>

Return Values

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

Key

Description

commands

list / elements=string

Show the command sent.

Returned: always

Sample: [“ping vrf prod 10.40.40.40 count 20 source loopback0”]

packet_loss

string

Percentage of packets lost.

Returned: always

Sample: “0%”

packets_rx

integer

Packets successfully received.

Returned: always

Sample: 20

packets_tx

integer

Packets successfully transmitted.

Returned: always

Sample: 20

rtt

dictionary

Show RTT stats.

Returned: always

Sample: {“avg”: 2, “max”: 8, “min”: 1}

Authors

  • Jacob McGill (@jmcgill298)