How to Read the Content of an External File With Ansible
Do you want to load up JSON data from a file directly into your Ansible
playbook, tasks or roles? Did you start by trying to read it via a
module and wondered if there was a better way? Well, there is, in the
lookup plugins. Read on to see how to use it.
Ansible comes with a whole bunch of Lookup plugins that allow loading
stuff from the outside your play. The one we are interested in today is the
file one. So, how do I load the content of my file with this?
And bam, you have the content in the
As you see, we are calling the
lookup() function, to which we are passing the
plugin we want to use has the first argument (in that case
file), and then
the path to our file. And just with that we loaded our file content!
Note that the file must be on your Ansible controller (i.e.: the computer
where you are running the
You can directly use this in any module without the need for an intermediate variable:
And voilà 🙂
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