Cliconf plugins are abstactions over the CLI interface to network devices. They provide a standard interface for Ansible to execute tasks on those network devices.
These plugins generally correspond one-to-one to network device platforms. The appropriate cliconf plugin will
thus be automatically loaded based on the
You can extend Ansible to support other network devices by dropping a custom plugin into the
The cliconf plugin to use is determined automatically from the
ansible_network_os variable. There should be no reason to override this functionality.
Most cliconf plugins can operate without configuration. A few have additional options that can be set to impact how tasks are translated into CLI commands.
Plugins are self-documenting. Each plugin should document its configuration options.
You can use
ansible-doc -t cliconf -l to see the list of available plugins.
ansible-doc -t cliconf <plugin name> to see detailed documentation and examples.