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ansible-inventory [options] [host|group]


used to display or dump the configured inventory as Ansible sees it

Common Options

ask for vault password
When doing an –list, represent in a way that is optimized for export,not as an accurate representation of how Ansible has processed it
create inventory graph, if supplying pattern it must be a valid group name
--host <HOST>
Output specific host info, works as inventory script
Output all hosts info, works as inventory script
--playbook-dir <BASEDIR>
Since this tool does not use playbooks, use this as a subsitute playbook directory.This sets the relative path for many features including roles/ group_vars/ etc.
Add vars to graph display, ignored unless used with –graph
the vault identity to use
vault password file
show program’s version number and exit
-h, --help
show this help message and exit
-i, --inventory, --inventory-file
specify inventory host path or comma separated host list. –inventory-file is deprecated
-v, --verbose
verbose mode (-vvv for more, -vvvv to enable connection debugging)
-y, --yaml
Use YAML format instead of default JSON, ignored for –graph


The following environment variables may be specified.

ANSIBLE_CONFIG – Override the default ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg


/etc/ansible/ansible.cfg – Config file, used if present

~/.ansible.cfg – User config file, overrides the default config if present


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

See the AUTHORS file for a complete list of contributors.


Copyright © 2017 Red Hat, Inc | Ansible.

Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3 License.

See also

ansible(1), ansible-config(1), ansible-console(1), ansible-doc(1), ansible-galaxy(1), ansible-inventory(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-vault(1),

© 2012–2018 Michael DeHaan
© 2018–2019 Red Hat, Inc.
Licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3.