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package - Generic OS package manager

New in version 2.0.

Synopsis

  • Installs, upgrade and removes packages using the underlying OS package manager.
  • For Windows targets, use the win_package module instead.

Requirements

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

  • Whatever is required for the package plugins specific for each system.

Parameters

Parameter Choices/Defaults Comments
name
required
Package name, or package specifier with version, like name-1.0.
Be aware that packages are not always named the same and this module will not 'translate' them per distro.
state
required
Whether to install (present), or remove (absent) a package. Other states depend on the underlying package module, i.e latest.
use Default:
auto
The required package manager module to use (yum, apt, etc). The default 'auto' will use existing facts or try to autodetect it.
You should only use this field if the automatic selection is not working for some reason.

Notes

Note

  • This module actually calls the pertinent package modules for each system (apt, yum, etc).
  • For Windows targets, use the win_package module instead.

Examples

- name: install ntpdate
  package:
    name: ntpdate
    state: present

# This uses a variable as this changes per distribution.
- name: remove the apache package
  package:
    name: "{{ apache }}"
    state: absent

Status

This module is flagged as stableinterface which means that the maintainers for this module guarantee that no backward incompatible interface changes will be made.

Maintenance

This module is flagged as core which means that it is maintained by the Ansible Core Team. See Module Maintenance & Support for more info.

For a list of other modules that are also maintained by the Ansible Core Team, see here.

Support

For more information about Red Hat’s support of this module, please refer to this Knowledge Base article

Author

  • Ansible Inc

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