Creating a Temporary Directory to do some ansible work

Sometimes when working with ansible you might need a temporary folder to do some work in. Perhaps it’s going to store some large files or secrets and so should be cleaned up afterwards. Below is a sample playbook that can be used to do just that.

- hosts: localhost
  - name: Create temp directory for doing work in
    command: mktemp -d /tmp/mytempdir-XXXXXX
    register: mktemp

  - set_fact:
      tempdir: "{{ mktemp.stdout }}"

# insert your code using {{ tempdir }} here

  - name: Cleanup temp directory
      path: "{{ tempdir }}"
      state: absent

You can grab the code directly from our github repo

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