cisco.iosxr.iosxr_command module – Module to run commands on remote devices.


This module is part of the cisco.iosxr collection (version 4.0.2).

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 cisco.iosxr.

To use it in a playbook, specify: cisco.iosxr.iosxr_command.

New in cisco.iosxr 1.0.0


  • Sends arbitrary commands to an IOS XR node and returns the results read from the device. This module includes an argument that will cause the module to wait for a specific condition before returning or timing out if the condition is not met.

  • This module does not support running commands in configuration mode. Please use cisco.iosxr.iosxr_config to configure iosxr devices.





list / elements=any / required

List of commands to send to the remote iosxr device over the configured provider. The resulting output from the command is returned. If the wait_for argument is provided, the module is not returned until the condition is satisfied or the number of retries has expired.

If a command sent to the device requires answering a prompt, it is possible to pass a dict containing command, answer and prompt. Common answers are ‘y’ or “\r” (carriage return, must be double quotes). See examples



Configures the interval in seconds to wait between retries of the command. If the command does not pass the specified conditions, the interval indicates how long to wait before trying the command again.

Default: 1



The match argument is used in conjunction with the wait_for argument to specify the match policy. Valid values are all or any. If the value is set to all then all conditionals in the wait_for must be satisfied. If the value is set to any then only one of the values must be satisfied.


  • "any"

  • "all" ← (default)



Specifies the number of retries a command should by tried before it is considered failed. The command is run on the target device every retry and evaluated against the wait_for conditions.

Default: 10


aliases: waitfor

list / elements=string

List of conditions to evaluate against the output of the command. The task will wait for each condition to be true before moving forward. If the conditional is not true within the configured number of retries, the task fails. See examples.



  • Make sure the user has been authorized to execute commands terminal length 0, terminal width 512 and terminal exec prompt no-timestamp.

  • This module works with network_cli. See the IOS-XR Platform Options.

  • This module does not support netconf connection.

  • For more information on using Ansible to manage network devices see the :ref:`Ansible Network Guide <network_guide>`

  • For more information on using Ansible to manage Cisco devices see the `Cisco integration page <>`_.


- name: run show version on remote devices
    commands: show version

- name: run show version and check to see if output contains iosxr
    commands: show version
    wait_for: result[0] contains IOS-XR

- name: run multiple commands on remote nodes
    - show version
    - show interfaces
    - {command: example command that prompts, prompt: expected prompt, answer: yes}

- name: run multiple commands and evaluate the output
    - show version
    - show interfaces
    - result[0] contains IOS-XR
    - result[1] contains Loopback0

Return Values

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




list / elements=string

The list of conditionals that have failed

Returned: failed

Sample: ["...", "..."]


list / elements=string

The set of responses from the commands

Returned: always apart from low level errors (such as action plugin)

Sample: ["...", "..."]


list / elements=string

The value of stdout split into a list

Returned: always apart from low level errors (such as action plugin)

Sample: [["...", "..."], ["..."], ["..."]]


  • Ricardo Carrillo Cruz (@rcarrillocruz)