Remove user account - Ansible module user
How to remove an example user removing home directory and spool files.
How to remove a user account with Ansible?
I’m going to show you a live demo with some simple Ansible code. I’m Luca Berton and welcome to today’s episode of Ansible Pilot.
Ansible remove user account
Today we’re talking about the Ansible module
The full name is
ansible.builtin.user, which means that is part of the collection of modules “builtin” with ansible and shipped with it.
It’s a module pretty stable and out for years, it manages user accounts.
It supports a huge variety of Linux distributions, SunOS and macOS, and FreeBSD.
This module uses Linux distributions
userdel to delete, on FreeBSD, this module uses
pw userdel, on macOS, this module uses
For Windows, use the
ansible.windows.win_user module instead.
- name string - username
- state string - present/absent
- remove boolean - no/yes
This module has many parameters to perform any task.
The only required is “name”, which is the username.
“state” allows us to create or delete a user, in the use case we need to specify “absent” to delete a user.
If we would like to try to remove the directories associated with the user, we need to set the parameter “remove”.
The behavior is the same as
Files in the user’s home directory will be removed along with the home directory itself and the user’s mail spool.
Files in other parts of the file system will have to be searched for and deleted manually.
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Let’s jump into a real-life Ansible Playbook to delete a user.
--- - name: user module demo hosts: all become: true tasks: - name: user example not present ansible.builtin.user: name: example state: "absent" remove: true
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