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Can bitbucket-pipeline.yml refer another yml file

I am in need to configure bitbucket-pipeline for each of the branches.  While we can have branch based configuration, the file becomes too big and often results in conflicts due to frequent updates.

Is it possible for the bitbucket-pipeline.yml refer to other yml file. What i am looking for is the parent yml file indicate for branch1 refer this branch1.yml, and branch2 refer branch2.yml.?

Or any way to split into multiple yml files?


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Ronald C_ Atlassian Team Apr 10, 2020

Hi Kiran,

I'm afraid that it's not possible to have multiple yml configurations within the repository.
A workaround you can do is by having a bash script with all your commands within it for a specific branch then use the yml configuration to run the bash script.

For example:

  1. Create bash script: Bash Scripting Tutorial -

    echo "Commands for a specific branch"
  2. Save the bash script within the repository
  3. Modify the yml configuration to run the bash script according to the branch
        - step:
              - ./ 
          - step:
                - ./
          - step:
                - ./ 


You may also make use of Pipelines' default variables - $BITBUCKET_BRANCH
Variables in pipelines - Atlassian Documentation

    - step:
          - ./$ 

 You may need to make sure the script's name is exactly the same as the branch name.


Hope this helps. :)


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