WeOS 4 Platform Options

Westermo WeOS 4 is part of the community.network collection and only supports CLI connections. This page offers details on how to use ansible.netcommon.network_cli on WeOS 4 in Ansible.

Connections available





uses SSH keys / SSH-agent if present

accepts -u myuser -k if using password

Indirect Access

by a bastion (jump host)

Connection Settings

ansible_connection: community.netcommon.network_cli

Enable Mode
(Privilege Escalation)

not supported by WeOS 4

Returned Data Format


WeOS 4 does not support ansible_connection: local. You must use ansible_connection: ansible.netcommon.network_cli.

Using CLI in Ansible

Example CLI group_vars/weos4.yml

ansible_connection: ansible.netcommon.network_cli
ansible_network_os: community.network.weos4
ansible_user: myuser
ansible_password: !vault...
ansible_ssh_common_args: '-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p -q bastion01"'
  • If you are using SSH keys (including an ssh-agent) you can remove the ansible_password configuration.

  • If you are accessing your host directly (not through a bastion/jump host) you can remove the ansible_ssh_common_args configuration.

  • If you are accessing your host through a bastion/jump host, you cannot include your SSH password in the ProxyCommand directive. To prevent secrets from leaking out (for example in ps output), SSH does not support providing passwords through environment variables.

Example CLI task

- name: Get version information (WeOS 4)
    commands: "show version"
  register: show_ver
  when: ansible_network_os == 'community.network.weos4'

Example Configuration task

- name: Replace configuration with file on ansible host (WeOS 4)
    config: "{{ lookup('file', 'westermo.conf') }}"
    replace: "yes"
    diff_match: exact
    diff_replace: config
  when: ansible_network_os == 'community.network.weos4'


Never store passwords in plain text. We recommend using SSH keys to authenticate SSH connections. Ansible supports ssh-agent to manage your SSH keys. If you must use passwords to authenticate SSH connections, we recommend encrypting them with Ansible Vault.