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Ansible - lookup env home (users home directory)

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The lookup plugin is always executed on the control node (that's your Ansible server), which is to say that the lookup plugin does not do something on your managed nodes (the target systems).

To use the env plugin, the Python script must be in your Ansible plugins lookup directory, such as /usr/lib/python3.12/site-packages/ansible/plugins/lookup/

The env or printenv command will display certain global variables, something like this.

[john.doe@server1 ~]$ env


The lookup plugin can be used to get the value of the global variables. For example, to display the value of the HOME global variable.


  msg: "{{ lookup('env', 'HOME') }}"


Running this play should return the following.

TASK [debug]
ok: [localhost] => {
    "msg": "/home/john.doe"


Or the vars plugin is used to store the users home directory in the "home" variable.

  home: "{{ lookup('env', 'HOME') }}"


Or the set_fact module can be used.

- set_fact:
    home: "{{ lookup('env', 'HOME') }}"


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