Junos OS Platform Options

The Juniper Junos OS supports multiple connections. This page offers details on how each connection works in Ansible and how to use it.

Connections available


junos_netconf & junos_command modules only


all modules except junos_netconf, which enables NETCONF



XML over SSH


uses SSH keys / SSH-agent if present

accepts -u myuser -k if using password

uses SSH keys / SSH-agent if present

accepts -u myuser -k if using password

Indirect Access

via a bastion (jump host)

via a bastion (jump host)

Connection Settings

ansible_connection: ``ansible.netcommon.network_cli

ansible_connection: ``ansible.netcommon.netconf

Enable Mode
(Privilege Escalation)

not supported by Junos OS

not supported by Junos OS

Returned Data Format


  • json: result[0]['software-information'][0]['host-name'][0]['data'] foo lo0
  • text: result[1].interface-information[0].physical-interface[0].name[0].data foo lo0
  • xml: result[1].rpc-reply.interface-information[0].physical-interface[0].name[0].data foo lo0

The ansible_connection: local has been deprecated. Please use ansible_connection: ansible.netcommon.network_cli or ansible_connection: ansible.netcommon.netconf instead.

Using CLI in Ansible

Example CLI inventory [junos:vars]

ansible_ssh_common_args='-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p -q bastion01"'
  • If you are using SSH keys (including an ssh-agent) you can remove the ansible_password configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host directly (not through a bastion/jump host) you can remove the ansible_ssh_common_args configuration.
  • If you are accessing your host through a bastion/jump host, you cannot include your SSH password in the ProxyCommand directive. To prevent secrets from leaking out (for example in ps output), SSH does not support providing passwords via environment variables.

Example CLI task

- name: Retrieve Junos OS version
    commands: show version
  when: ansible_network_os == 'junipernetworks.junos.junos'

Using NETCONF in Ansible

Enabling NETCONF

Before you can use NETCONF to connect to a switch, you must:

  • install the ncclient python package on your control node(s) with pip install ncclient
  • enable NETCONF on the Junos OS device(s)

To enable NETCONF on a new switch via Ansible, use the junipernetworks.junos.junos_netconf module through the CLI connection. Set up your platform-level variables just like in the CLI example above, then run a playbook task like this:

- name: Enable NETCONF
  connection: ansible.netcommon.network_cli
  when: ansible_network_os == 'junipernetworks.junos.junos'

Once NETCONF is enabled, change your variables to use the NETCONF connection.

Example NETCONF inventory [junos:vars]

ansible_password=!vault |
ansible_ssh_common_args='-o ProxyCommand="ssh -W %h:%p -q bastion01"'

Example NETCONF task

- name: Backup current switch config (junos)
    backup: yes
  register: backup_junos_location
  when: ansible_network_os == 'junipernetworks.junos.junos'


Never store passwords in plain text. We recommend using SSH keys to authenticate SSH connections. Ansible supports ssh-agent to manage your SSH keys. If you must use passwords to authenticate SSH connections, we recommend encrypting them with Ansible Vault.

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