package_facts – package information as facts

New in version 2.5.

Synopsis

  • Return information about installed packages as facts

Requirements

The below requirements are needed on the host that executes this module.

  • For ‘portage’ support it requires the qlist utility, which is part of ‘app-portage/portage-utils’.
  • For Debian-based systems python-apt package must be installed on targeted hosts.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
manager
list
    Choices:
  • auto ←
  • rpm
  • apt
  • portage
  • pkg
Default:
["auto"]
The package manager used by the system so we can query the package information.
Since 2.8 this is a list and can support multiple package managers per system.
The 'portage' and 'pkg' options were added in version 2.8.
strategy
-
added in 2.8
    Choices:
  • first ←
  • all
This option controls how the module queries the package managers on the system. first means it will return only informatino for the first supported package manager available. all will return information for all supported and available package managers on the system.

Examples

- name: Gather the rpm package facts
  package_facts:
    manager: auto

- name: Print the rpm package facts
  debug:
    var: ansible_facts.packages

- name: Check whether a package called foobar is installed
  debug:
    msg: "{{ ansible_facts.packages['foobar'] | length }} versions of foobar are installed!"
  when: "'foobar' in ansible_facts.packages"

Returned Facts

Facts returned by this module are added/updated in the hostvars host facts and can be referenced by name just like any other host fact. They do not need to be registered in order to use them.

Fact Returned Description
packages
dictionary
when operating system level package manager is specified or auto detected manager
Maps the package name to a non-empty list of dicts with package information.
Every dict in the list corresponds to one installed version of the package.
The fields described below are present for all package managers. Depending on the package manager, there might be more fields for a package.

Sample:
{ "packages": { "kernel": [ { "name": "kernel", "source": "rpm", "version": "3.10.0", ... }, { "name": "kernel", "source": "rpm", "version": "3.10.0", ... }, ... ], "kernel-tools": [ { "name": "kernel-tools", "source": "rpm", "version": "3.10.0", ... } ], ... } }
name
string
always
The package's name.

source
string
always
Where information on the package came from.

version
string
always
The package's version.



Status

Authors

  • Matthew Jones (@matburt)
  • Brian Coca (@bcoca)
  • Adam Miller (@maxamillion)

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