Display or dump an Ansible inventory.


Display the default inventory

$ ansible-inventory --list

Display a custom inventory
$ ansbile-inventory --list --inventory [path/to/file_or_script_or_directory]

Display the default inventory in YAML
$ ansible-inventory --list --yaml

Dump the default inventory to a file
$ ansible-inventory --list --output [path/to/file]


usage: ansible-inventory [-h] [--version] [-v] [-i INVENTORY]

[--vault-id VAULT_IDS] [--ask-vault-password | --vault-password-file VAULT_PASSWORD_FILES] [--playbook-dir BASEDIR] [-e EXTRA_VARS] [--list] [--host HOST] [--graph] [-y] [--toml] [--vars] [--export] [--output OUTPUT_FILE] [host|group]


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



--ask-vault-password, --ask-vault-pass

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



--output 'OUTPUT_FILE'

When doing --list, send the inventory to a file instead of to the screen

--playbook-dir 'BASEDIR'

Since this tool does not use playbooks, use this as a substitute playbook directory.This sets the relative path for many features including roles/ group_vars/ etc.


Use TOML format instead of default JSON, ignored for --graph


Add vars to graph display, ignored unless used with --graph


the vault identity to use

--vault-password-file, --vault-pass-file

vault password file


show program's version number, config file location, configured module search path, module location, executable location and exit

-e, --extra-vars

set additional variables as key=value or YAML/JSON, if filename prepend with @

-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

-l, --limit


-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 -- Specify override location for the ansible config file

Many more are available for most options in ansible.cfg

For a full list check or use the ansible-config command.


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

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

./ansible.cfg -- Local config file (in current working directory) assumed to be 'project specific' and overrides the rest if present.

As mentioned above, the ANSIBLE_CONFIG environment variable will override all others.


Copyright © 2018 Red Hat, Inc | Ansible. Ansible is released under the terms of the GPLv3 license.


ansible(1), ansible-config(1), ansible-console(1), ansible-doc(1), ansible-galaxy(1), ansible-playbook(1), ansible-pull(1), ansible-vault(1) Extensive documentation is available in the documentation site: <>. IRC and mailing list info can be found in file, available in: <>


Ansible was originally written by Michael DeHaan.

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