Is there a way to destroy the variable in Ansible?

Actually, I have a {{version}} variable being used in my all roles for respective packages. When I run multiple roles, the version value of one role is passed to another - this is due to for some role I am not giving version value so that it can install the default version of that package available for respective m/c like ubuntu/redhat etc.

Here is my role template. The value of {{version}} from mysql is being passed to rabbitmq.

- { role: mysql }
- { role: rabbitmq}

If I can destory/delete the value of version in every role, it should solve the problem, I believe.


As already pointed out it is not possible to unset a variable in Ansible.

Avoid this situation by adding a prefix to your variable names like rabbitmq_version and so on. IMHO this a best practice.

Beside avoiding the situation you ran into, this will add clarity to your host_vars and group_vars.


To unset a variable, try running a set_fact task setting the variable to null, like:

- name: Unset variables

If you have a full dictionary that could just override the dict with null, like:

- name: Set dict
      rabbitmq_version: 1
      other_version: 2

- name: override dict to null

Something like other_var: just is "other_var": null in JSON. That is how you can unset variables in Ansible. Have a nice day.


No, there is no way to unset a variable (top level) in Ansible.

The only thing you can do, is to create a dictionary and store the variable as a key in this dictionary. Clearing the "parent" dictionary will essentially make the dictionary.key is defined conditional expression work.


you should use variable per role instead:

    - role: mysql
      version: mysql_version
    - role: rabbitmq
      version: rabbitmq_version


    - { role: mysql, version: mysql_version }
    - { role: rabbitmq, version: rabbitmq_version }

You can set it to nothing. I'm currently using it like that:

variable_name: ''
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    This makes the variable's value an empty string, but it does not unset the variable. – Michael Hampton Jul 29 '20 at 14:20

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