If you are not familiar with modules, check out Ansible - Getting Started with Modules.
The file module with state: directory is used to create a directory on a managed node (e.g. target system). In this example, the /tmp/example directory will be created if it does not exist.
- name: mkdir /tmp/example file: path: /tmp/example state: directory
If the directory was successfully created, the play should indicate changed.
TASK [mkdir /tmp/example] changed: [server1.example.com]
Directory not created
If the directory was not created, the play should indicate ok. This is the expected behavior if the directory already exists. If the directory already exists, the directory will not be created, overwritten, or changed.
TASK [mkdir /tmp/example] ok: [server1.example.com]
Owner / Group / Mode
When the owner, group or mode options are used, if the directory already exists, the directory will be updated with the owner, group and mode.
- name: update /tmp/example owner group mode file: path: /tmp/example state: directory owner: john.doe group: admins mode: "0770"
If permission denied is returned when running the play, refer to our article on resolving permission denied.
You may also want to use x.stat.exists to determine if the directory exists, and x.stat.isdir to determine if the object is a directory.