Templates are processed by the Jinja2 templating language (U(http://jinja.pocoo.org/docs/)) - documentation on the template formatting can be found in the Template Designer Documentation (U(http://jinja.pocoo.org/docs/templates/)). ,Six additional variables can be used in templates: C(ansible_managed) (configurable via the C(defaults) section of C(ansible.cfg)) contains a string which can be used to describe the template name, host, modification time of the template file and the owner uid, C(template_host) contains the node name of the template's machine, C(template_uid) the owner, C(template_path) the absolute path of the template, C(template_fullpath) is the absolute path of the template, and C(template_run_date) is the date that the template was rendered. Note that including a string that uses a date in the template will result in the template being marked 'changed' each time.

Options

namedescriptionrequiredchoices
src Path of a Jinja2 formatted template on the local server. This can be a relative or absolute path. true
dest Location to render the template to on the remote machine. true
backup Create a backup file including the timestamp information so you can get the original file back if you somehow clobbered it incorrectly.
  • yes
  • no
force the default is C(yes), which will replace the remote file when contents are different than the source. If C(no), the file will only be transferred if the destination does not exist.
  • yes
  • no

Author

Ansible Core Team ,Michael DeHaan