How to move/rename a file using an Ansible task on a remote system


How is it possible to move/rename a file/directory using an Ansible module on a remote system? I don’t want to use the command/shell tasks and I don’t want to copy the file from the local system to the remote system.


The file module doesn’t copy files on the remote system. The src parameter is only used by the file module when creating a symlink to a file.

If you want to move/rename a file entirely on a remote system then your best bet is to use the command module to just invoke the appropriate command:

If you want to get fancy then you could first use the stat module to check that foo actually exists:

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