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include_tasks – Dynamically include a task list

New in version 2.4.

Synopsis

  • Includes a file with a list of tasks to be executed in the current playbook.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
apply
-
added in 2.7
Accepts a hash of task keywords (e.g. tags, become) that will be applied to the tasks within the include.
file
-
added in 2.7
The name of the imported file is specified directly without any other option.
Unlike import_tasks, most keywords, including loops and conditionals, apply to this statement.
free-form
-
Supplying a file name via free-form - include_tasks: file.yml of a file to be included is the equivalent of specifying an argument of file.

Notes

Note

  • This is a core feature of the Ansible, rather than a module, and cannot be overridden like a module.

Examples

- hosts: all
  tasks:
    - debug:
        msg: task1

    - name: Include task list in play
      include_tasks: stuff.yaml

    - debug:
        msg: task10

- hosts: all
  tasks:
    - debug:
        msg: task1

    - name: Include task list in play only if the condition is true
      include_tasks: "{{ hostvar }}.yaml"
      when: hostvar is defined

- name: Apply tags to tasks within included file
  include_tasks:
    file: install.yml
    apply:
      tags:
        - install
  tags:
    - always

- name: Apply tags to tasks within included file when using free-form
  include_tasks: install.yml
  args:
    apply:
      tags:
        - install
  tags:
    - always

Status

Red Hat Support

More information about Red Hat’s support of this module is available from this Red Hat Knowledge Base article.

Authors

  • Ansible Core Team (@ansible)

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