ansible.windows.win_reg_stat module – Get information about Windows registry keys

Note

This module is part of the ansible.windows collection (version 1.12.0).

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.windows.

To use it in a playbook, specify: ansible.windows.win_reg_stat.

Synopsis

  • Like ansible.windows.win_file, ansible.windows.win_reg_stat will return whether the key/property exists.

  • It also returns the sub keys and properties of the key specified.

  • If specifying a property name through property, it will return the information specific for that property.

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

name

aliases: entry, value, property

string

The registry property name to get information for, the return json will not include the sub_keys and properties entries for the key specified.

Set to an empty string to target the registry key’s (Default) property value.

path

aliases: key

string / required

The full registry key path including the hive to search for.

Notes

Note

  • The properties return value will contain an empty string key "" that refers to the key’s Default value. If the value has not been set then this key is not returned.

See Also

See also

ansible.windows.win_regedit

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

community.windows.win_regmerge

The official documentation on the community.windows.win_regmerge module.

Examples

- name: Obtain information about a registry key using short form
  ansible.windows.win_reg_stat:
    path: HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
  register: current_version

- name: Obtain information about a registry key property
  ansible.windows.win_reg_stat:
    path: HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    name: CommonFilesDir
  register: common_files_dir

- name: Obtain the registry key's (Default) property
  ansible.windows.win_reg_stat:
    path: HKLM:\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion
    name: ''
  register: current_version_default

Return Values

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

Key

Description

changed

boolean

Whether anything was changed.

Returned: always

Sample: true

exists

boolean

States whether the registry key/property exists.

Returned: success and path/property exists

Sample: true

properties

dictionary

A dictionary containing all the properties and their values in the registry key.

Returned: success, path exists and property not specified

Sample: {"": {"raw_value": "", "type": "REG_SZ", "value": ""}, "binary_property": {"raw_value": ["0x01", "0x16"], "type": "REG_BINARY", "value": [1, 22]}, "multi_string_property": {"raw_value": ["a", "b"], "type": "REG_MULTI_SZ", "value": ["a", "b"]}}

raw_value

string

Returns the raw value of the registry property, REG_EXPAND_SZ has no string expansion, REG_BINARY or REG_NONE is in hex 0x format. REG_NONE, this value is a hex string in the 0x format.

Returned: success, path/property exists and property specified

Sample: "%ProgramDir%\\\\Common Files"

sub_keys

list / elements=string

A list of all the sub keys of the key specified.

Returned: success, path exists and property not specified

Sample: ["AppHost", "Casting", "DateTime"]

type

string

The property type.

Returned: success, path/property exists and property specified

Sample: "REG_EXPAND_SZ"

value

string

The value of the property.

Returned: success, path/property exists and property specified

Sample: "C:\\\\Program Files\\\\Common Files"

Authors

  • Jordan Borean (@jborean93)