How to download a directory from a remote machine in ansible?

How to download a directory from a remote machine in ansible?

In ansible, we are going to see how to download files or directory from remote machine with an example ansible playbook.

synchronize is a wrapper around rsync to make common tasks quick and easy to use in playbooks.

mode is used to provide the direction of the synchronization.

Two modes possibe, one is push and another one is pull.

In push mode the localhost or delegate is the source, in pull mode the remote host is the source.

Lets see sample example ansible playbook to download files from remote machine.

- name: Download directories to localhost
  hosts: ""
     - name: Download directories
    	  mode: pull
    	  src: /home/user/test
    	  dest: /home/user/ansible

- name: Display directory
  hosts: localhost
     - name: initialize command
    	  cmd_str: "ls /home/user/ansible/test"

      - name: "Executing {{ cmd_str }} in localhost machine"
  	command: "{{ cmd_str }}"
  	register: out

      - name: Print the msg
    	  msg: "{{ out.stdout }}"


$ ansible-playbook download_files.yml

PLAY [Download directories to localhost] ************************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [Gathering Facts] ******************************************************************************************************************************************************
[DEPRECATION WARNING]: Distribution centos 8.4 on host should use /usr/libexec/platform-python, but is using /usr/bin/python for backward compatibility with
prior Ansible releases. A future Ansible release will default to using the discovered platform python for this host. See for more information. This feature will be removed in version 2.12. Deprecation
warnings can be disabled by setting deprecation_warnings=False in ansible.cfg.
ok: []

TASK [Download directories] *************************************************************************************************************************************************
changed: []

PLAY [Display directory] ****************************************************************************************************************************************************

TASK [Gathering Facts] ******************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]

TASK [initialize command] ***************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [localhost]

TASK [Executing ls /home/user/ansible/test in localhost machine] ***********************************************************************************************************
changed: [localhost]

TASK [Print the msg] ********************************************************************************************************************************************************
ok: [localhost] => {
	"msg": "testing1.txt\ntesting2.txt\ntesting.txt"

PLAY RECAP ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************          	: ok=2	changed=1	unreachable=0	failed=0	skipped=0	rescued=0	ignored=0   
localhost              	: ok=4	changed=1	unreachable=0	failed=0	skipped=0	rescued=0	ignored=0   

Downloaded the files in test directory from remote machines to local machine.

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