xattr - set/retrieve extended attributes

New in version 1.3.


  • Manages filesystem user defined extended attributes, requires that they are enabled on the target filesystem and that the setfattr/getfattr utilities are present.


parameter required default choices comments
no True
  • yes
  • no
if yes, dereferences symlinks and sets/gets attributes on symlink target, otherwise acts on symlink itself.
no None
The name of a specific Extended attribute key to set/retrieve
yes None
The full path of the file/object to get the facts of.
Before 2.3 this option was only usable as name.
aliases: name
no read
  • read
  • present
  • all
  • keys
  • absent
defines which state you want to do. read retrieves the current value for a key (default) present sets name to value, default if value is set all dumps all data keys retrieves all keys absent deletes the key
no None
The value to set the named name/key to, it automatically sets the state to 'set'


# Obtain the extended attributes  of /etc/foo.conf
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf

# Sets the key 'foo' to value 'bar'
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf
    key: user.foo
    value: bar

# Removes the key 'foo'
- xattr:
    path: /etc/foo.conf
    key: user.foo
    state: absent



  • As of Ansible 2.3, the name option has been changed to path as default, but name still works as well.


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