Rejecting modules

If you want to avoid using certain modules, you can add them to a reject list to prevent Ansible from loading them. To reject plugins, create a yaml configuration file. The default location for this file is /etc/ansible/plugin_filters.yml. You can select a different path for the reject list using the PLUGIN_FILTERS_CFG setting in the defaults section of your ansible.cfg. Here is an example reject list:

filter_version: '1.0'
  # Deprecated
  - docker
  # We only allow pip, not easy_install
  - easy_install

The file contains two fields:

  • A file version so that you can update the format while keeping backward compatibility in the future. The present version should be the string, "1.0"

  • A list of modules to reject. Ansible will not load any module in this list when it searches for a module to invoke for a task.


The stat module is required for Ansible to run. Do not add this module to your reject list.