FreeKB - Ansible local_action parameter
Ansible - local_action parameter

By default, modules are run against your managed nodes (the target systems). The local_action parameter can be used to run a module on the control node (that's your Ansible server). Refer to these articles for a better understanding of how tasks are run against the control node or managed nodes.

In this example, the local_action parameter is used with the file module to remove a file on the control node.

- name: remove foo.txt on control node
  local_action:
    module: file
    path: /tmp/foo.txt
    state: absent

 

Often, the run_once parameter is used so that the task is only ran one time on the control node.

- name: remove foo.txt on control node
  local_action:
    module: file
    path: /tmp/foo.txt
    state: absent
    run_once: true

 

Running this task should produce the following.

TASK [remove foo.txt on control node] 
changed: [server1.example.com -> localhost]

 



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