community.general.proxmox inventory – Proxmox inventory source

Note

This inventory plugin is part of the community.general collection (version 5.6.0).

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 community.general.

To use it in a playbook, specify: community.general.proxmox.

New in version 1.2.0: of community.general

Synopsis

  • Get inventory hosts from a Proxmox PVE cluster.

  • Uses a configuration file as an inventory source, it must end in .proxmox.yml or .proxmox.yaml

  • Will retrieve the first network interface with an IP for Proxmox nodes.

  • Can retrieve LXC/QEMU configuration as facts.

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the local controller node that executes this inventory.

  • requests >= 1.1

Parameters

Parameter

Comments

cache

boolean

Toggle to enable/disable the caching of the inventory’s source data, requires a cache plugin setup to work.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

Configuration:

  • INI entry:

    [inventory]
    cache = no
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_CACHE

cache_connection

string

Cache connection data or path, read cache plugin documentation for specifics.

Configuration:

  • INI entries:

    [defaults]
    fact_caching_connection = None
    
    [inventory]
    cache_connection = None
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_CACHE_PLUGIN_CONNECTION

  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_CACHE_CONNECTION

cache_plugin

string

Cache plugin to use for the inventory’s source data.

Default: “memory”

Configuration:

  • INI entries:

    [defaults]
    fact_caching = memory
    
    [inventory]
    cache_plugin = memory
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_CACHE_PLUGIN

  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_CACHE_PLUGIN

cache_prefix

string

Prefix to use for cache plugin files/tables

Default: “ansible_inventory_”

Configuration:

  • INI entries:

    [default]
    fact_caching_prefix = ansible_inventory_
    

    Removed in: version 2.16 of ansible.builtin

    Why: Fixes typing error in INI section name

    Alternative: Use the ‘defaults’ section instead

    [defaults]
    fact_caching_prefix = ansible_inventory_
    
    [inventory]
    cache_prefix = ansible_inventory_
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_CACHE_PLUGIN_PREFIX

  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_CACHE_PLUGIN_PREFIX

cache_timeout

integer

Cache duration in seconds

Default: 3600

Configuration:

  • INI entries:

    [defaults]
    fact_caching_timeout = 3600
    
    [inventory]
    cache_timeout = 3600
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_CACHE_PLUGIN_TIMEOUT

  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_CACHE_TIMEOUT

compose

dictionary

added in 2.5.0 of community.general

Create vars from jinja2 expressions.

Default: {}

facts_prefix

string

Prefix to apply to LXC/QEMU config facts.

Default: “proxmox_”

filters

list / elements=string

added in 4.6.0 of community.general

A list of Jinja templates that allow filtering hosts.

Default: []

group_prefix

string

Prefix to apply to Proxmox groups.

Default: “proxmox_”

groups

dictionary

added in 2.5.0 of community.general

Add hosts to group based on Jinja2 conditionals.

Default: {}

keyed_groups

list / elements=dictionary

added in 2.5.0 of community.general

Add hosts to group based on the values of a variable.

Default: []

default_value

string

added in 2.12 of ansible.builtin

The default value when the host variable’s value is an empty string.

This option is mutually exclusive with trailing_separator.

key

string

The key from input dictionary used to generate groups

parent_group

string

parent group for keyed group

prefix

string

A keyed group name will start with this prefix

Default: “”

separator

string

separator used to build the keyed group name

Default: “_”

trailing_separator

boolean

added in 2.12 of ansible.builtin

Set this option to False to omit the separator after the host variable when the value is an empty string.

This option is mutually exclusive with default_value.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

leading_separator

boolean

added in 2.11 of ansible.builtin

Use in conjunction with keyed_groups.

By default, a keyed group that does not have a prefix or a separator provided will have a name that starts with an underscore.

This is because the default prefix is “” and the default separator is “_”.

Set this option to False to omit the leading underscore (or other separator) if no prefix is given.

If the group name is derived from a mapping the separator is still used to concatenate the items.

To not use a separator in the group name at all, set the separator for the keyed group to an empty string instead.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

password

string

Proxmox authentication password.

If the value is not specified in the inventory configuration, the value of environment variable PROXMOX_PASSWORD will be used instead.

Since community.general 4.7.0 you can also use templating to specify the value of the password.

If you do not specify a password, you must set token_id and token_secret instead.

Configuration:

  • Environment variable: PROXMOX_PASSWORD

    added in 2.0.0 of community.general

plugin

string / required

The name of this plugin, it should always be set to community.general.proxmox for this plugin to recognize it as it’s own.

Choices:

  • community.general.proxmox

qemu_extended_statuses

boolean

added in 5.1.0 of community.general

Requires want_facts to be set to true to function. This will allow you to differentiate betweend paused and prelaunch statuses of the QEMU VMs.

This introduces multiple groups [prefixed with group_prefix] prelaunch and paused.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

strict

boolean

added in 2.5.0 of community.general

If yes make invalid entries a fatal error, otherwise skip and continue.

Since it is possible to use facts in the expressions they might not always be available and we ignore those errors by default.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

token_id

string

added in 4.8.0 of community.general

Proxmox authentication token ID.

If the value is not specified in the inventory configuration, the value of environment variable PROXMOX_TOKEN_ID will be used instead.

To use token authentication, you must also specify token_secret. If you do not specify token_id and token_secret, you must set a password instead.

Make sure to grant explicit pve permissions to the token or disable ‘privilege separation’ to use the users’ privileges instead.

Configuration:

  • Environment variable: PROXMOX_TOKEN_ID

token_secret

string

added in 4.8.0 of community.general

Proxmox authentication token secret.

If the value is not specified in the inventory configuration, the value of environment variable PROXMOX_TOKEN_SECRET will be used instead.

To use token authentication, you must also specify token_id. If you do not specify token_id and token_secret, you must set a password instead.

Configuration:

  • Environment variable: PROXMOX_TOKEN_SECRET

url

string

URL to Proxmox cluster.

If the value is not specified in the inventory configuration, the value of environment variable PROXMOX_URL will be used instead.

Since community.general 4.7.0 you can also use templating to specify the value of the url.

Default: “http://localhost:8006”

Configuration:

  • Environment variable: PROXMOX_URL

    added in 2.0.0 of community.general

use_extra_vars

boolean

added in 2.11 of ansible.builtin

Merge extra vars into the available variables for composition (highest precedence).

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

Configuration:

  • INI entry:

    [inventory_plugins]
    use_extra_vars = no
    
  • Environment variable: ANSIBLE_INVENTORY_USE_EXTRA_VARS

user

string / required

Proxmox authentication user.

If the value is not specified in the inventory configuration, the value of environment variable PROXMOX_USER will be used instead.

Since community.general 4.7.0 you can also use templating to specify the value of the user.

Configuration:

  • Environment variable: PROXMOX_USER

    added in 2.0.0 of community.general

validate_certs

boolean

Verify SSL certificate if using HTTPS.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes ← (default)

want_facts

boolean

Gather LXC/QEMU configuration facts.

When want_facts is set to true more details about QEMU VM status are possible, besides the running and stopped states. Currently if the VM is running and it is suspended, the status will be running and the machine will be in running group, but its actual state will be paused. See qemu_extended_statuses for how to retrieve the real status.

Choices:

  • no ← (default)

  • yes

want_proxmox_nodes_ansible_host

boolean

added in 3.0.0 of community.general

Whether to set ansbile_host for proxmox nodes.

When set to true (default), will use the first available interface. This can be different from what you expect.

This currently defaults to true, but the default is deprecated since community.general 4.8.0. The default will change to false in community.general 6.0.0. To avoid a deprecation warning, please set this parameter explicitly.

Choices:

  • no

  • yes

Examples

# Minimal example which will not gather additional facts for QEMU/LXC guests
# By not specifying a URL the plugin will attempt to connect to the controller host on port 8006
# my.proxmox.yml
plugin: community.general.proxmox
user: [email protected]
password: secure
# Note that this can easily give you wrong values as ansible_host. See further below for
# an example where this is set to `false` and where ansible_host is set with `compose`.
want_proxmox_nodes_ansible_host: true

# Instead of login with password, proxmox supports api token authentication since release 6.2.
plugin: community.general.proxmox
user: [email protected]
token_id: gitlab-1
token_secret: fa256e9c-26ab-41ec-82da-707a2c079829

# The secret can also be a vault string or passed via the environment variable TOKEN_SECRET.
token_secret: !vault |
          $ANSIBLE_VAULT;1.1;AES256
          62353634333163633336343265623632626339313032653563653165313262343931643431656138
          6134333736323265656466646539663134306166666237630a653363623262636663333762316136
          34616361326263383766366663393837626437316462313332663736623066656237386531663731
          3037646432383064630a663165303564623338666131353366373630656661333437393937343331
          32643131386134396336623736393634373936356332623632306561356361323737313663633633
          6231313333666361656537343562333337323030623732323833

# More complete example demonstrating the use of 'want_facts' and the constructed options
# Note that using facts returned by 'want_facts' in constructed options requires 'want_facts=true'
# my.proxmox.yml
plugin: community.general.proxmox
url: http://pve.domain.com:8006
user: [email protected]
password: secure
validate_certs: false
want_facts: true
keyed_groups:
    # proxmox_tags_parsed is an example of a fact only returned when 'want_facts=true'
  - key: proxmox_tags_parsed
    separator: ""
    prefix: group
groups:
  webservers: "'web' in (proxmox_tags_parsed|list)"
  mailservers: "'mail' in (proxmox_tags_parsed|list)"
compose:
  ansible_port: 2222
# Note that this can easily give you wrong values as ansible_host. See further below for
# an example where this is set to `false` and where ansible_host is set with `compose`.
want_proxmox_nodes_ansible_host: true

# Using the inventory to allow ansible to connect via the first IP address of the VM / Container
# (Default is connection by name of QEMU/LXC guests)
# Note: my_inv_var demonstrates how to add a string variable to every host used by the inventory.
# my.proxmox.yml
plugin: community.general.proxmox
url: http://pve.domain.com:8006
user: [email protected]
password: secure
validate_certs: false
want_facts: true
want_proxmox_nodes_ansible_host: false
compose:
  ansible_host: proxmox_ipconfig0.ip | default(proxmox_net0.ip) | ipaddr('address')
  my_inv_var_1: "'my_var1_value'"
  my_inv_var_2: >
    "my_var_2_value"

# Specify the url, user and password using templating
# my.proxmox.yml
plugin: community.general.proxmox
url: "{{ lookup('ansible.builtin.ini', 'url', section='proxmox', file='file.ini') }}"
user: "{{ lookup('ansible.builtin.env','PM_USER') | default('[email protected]') }}"
password: "{{ lookup('community.general.random_string', base64=True) }}"
# Note that this can easily give you wrong values as ansible_host. See further up for
# an example where this is set to `false` and where ansible_host is set with `compose`.
want_proxmox_nodes_ansible_host: true

Authors

  • Jeffrey van Pelt (@Thulium-Drake)

Hint

Configuration entries for each entry type have a low to high priority order. For example, a variable that is lower in the list will override a variable that is higher up.