Ansible – Using template lookup

For some of actions / modules / roles it might be that you would like to use your Jinja template as variable. I have been looking some time for this lookup module. Therefore to save you from crawling over internet this is how could you use it

Example of Jinja template

  location ~ \.php$ {
    try_files $uri =404;
    root           /var/www/htdocs/;
    fastcgi_pass   unix:/var/run/php65-php-fpm.sock;
    fastcgi_intercept_errors        on;
    fastcgi_buffers 256 16k;
    fastcgi_max_temp_file_size 0;
    fastcgi_index  index.php;
    fastcgi_param  SCRIPT_FILENAME $document_root$fastcgi_script_name;
    include        fastcgi_params;

    {% if env is defined and env=="testos" %}
    auth_basic           "Ninja Test ";
    auth_basic_user_file {{ nginx_basic_auth }} ;
    {% endif %}

And then within our playbook we define it as following

- name: Testing
  hosts: localhost
    - blabla: "Testing123"
    - testing: "{{ lookup('template', 'template.j2') }}"

  - debug: msg="{{testing}}"


Are you using this in other way ? Comment whats your approach 🙂


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