Okay, we all know Ansible installation is coming with default modules and you don’t need to download or configure any additional modules for normal cases, Yes batteries already included.
But, what if you need to achieve something with Ansible but a suitable module is not available ? No worries, you can write your own modules for local use; that’s the beauty of Ansible.
Also See all Community Supported Ansible Modules.
Before you start, just make sure you have searched the module library and confirmed nothing suitable for your special use.
Learn more about developing a new Ansible Module.
You can add a local module in any of below locations as Ansible automatically loads all executable files found in those directories as modules.
ANSIBLE_LIBRARY environment variable
You can search and confirm the same by checking Ansible version, you can see the paths in
ansible python module location line.
$ ansible --version
config file = /home/devops/ansible.cfg
configured module search path = [u'/home/devops/.ansible/plugins/modules', u'/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules']
ansible python module location = /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ansible
executable location = /usr/bin/ansible
python version = 2.7.17 (default, Nov 7 2019, 10:07:09) [GCC 7.4.0]
No need to worry, if you cannot see modules or no such path (
/usr/share/ansible/plugins/modules) , as we told earlier those are default directories configured to search for modules.
You can find the path of existing modules using
ansible-doc command as below.
$ ansible-doc -t module yum
> YUM (/usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/ansible/modules/packaging/os/yum.py)
Installs, upgrade, downgrades, removes, and lists packages and groups with the
`yum' package manager. This module only works on Python 2. If you require
Python 3 support see the [dnf] module.
Now, I am downloading
diff module from github (just clone the repo or download only
diff.py from repo) and move
diff.py to my own module path –
$ git clone https://github.com/cytopia/ansible-module-diff
$ ls -l ansible-module-diff/
-rwxrwxr-x 1 devops devops 11128 Feb 3 10:58 diff.py
-rw-rw-r-- 1 devops devops 35059 Feb 3 10:58 LICENSE
-rw-rw-r-- 1 devops devops 2391 Feb 3 10:58 README.md
$ mkdir -p /home/devops/.ansible/plugins/modules
$ cp ansible-module-diff/diff.py /home/devops/.ansible/plugins/modules/
Verify my module if its fetched by Ansible or not.
$ ansible-doc -t module diff
> DIFF (/home/devops/.ansible/plugins/modules/diff.py)
Diff compare a string, file or command output against a string file or command
output. Check mode is only supported when diffing strings or files, commands
will only be executed in actual run. More examples at
Success ! You can see module info and documentation.
In some cases, you don’t want to share the custom module with everyone or wants to limit to some projects only.
library– in the same project directory. You can specify a module path in your
library = ./library
library– within that role directory.
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