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Can a second pipeline deploy automatically cancel a previous one in progress?

We have multiple developers working concurrently and make use of a development server to review the state of our application. 

We push to the "dev" branch to trigger a pipeline to deploy all approved changes to this server. This deploy triggers a new build of the current state of the app.

When we are developing rapidly there may be several deploys triggered concurrently which bogs down the deployments with redundant building.

How can we have the latest/most recent deploy automatically cancel previous deployments in progress?

Thank you.

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Hello Brendan,

You can put this Python script in your repository and call it as first run step in your pipeline to achieve this. In my case I use a similar one but placed in AWS Lambda and call via curl

import os


r = requests.get(request_url, auth=(BITBUCKET_USER, BITBUCKET_KEY))
result = r.json()
uuids = []
for value in result["values"]:
target = value.get("target")
if target.get("ref_name") == BITBUCKET_BRANCH:
type = value.get("state").get("type")
if type == "pipeline_state_in_progress" or type == "pipeline_state_pending":
if target.get("commit").get("type") == "commit":
if target.get("commit").get("hash") != BITBUCKET_COMMIT:
for uuid in uuids:
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Hello Brendan,

We'll be looking into ways to solve this problem natively in Pipelines later this year.

I suggest you following this ticket for updates:

In the meantime, if you need this functionality now, you can use the Bitbucket Pipelines REST API to construct a script that checks for other, more recent, running pipelines before deploying. 

Rest API documentation:



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Bitbucket Pipelines now supports deployment concurrency. You can find more information here:

We've set it up to pause new deployments when a deployment is already running. Instead of the existing in progress one, as stopping a running deployment may leave environments in an inconsistent/broken state. Paused deployments may be manually resumed.

If you're interested in automatic deployment queueing, please follow the issue here:


It seems that the second deployment is paused and not resumed. This is not helpful in our case in which we are deploying from a branch to a given server and we want the LAST (latest) deployment to succeed, not an earlier one that may already be in progress that is missing the latest commits. Is that possible with this new feature?

Not at the moment.

We decided not to automatically stop already running deployments as a deployment being stopped halfway unexpectedly would likely be a cause of issues for that deployment environment. Hence pausing newer ones instead.

We'd like to get a better understanding of use-cases before committing to a solution, as there's quite a few use-cases and edge-cases to consider.

Can you share with us on the queueing issue with any details about your deployment flow, number of deployments, number of them getting skipped, HOT fix procedure, etc. It would help us a lot. :) Our PMs will also provide updates on that ticket.

How about a configuration option?

I see these three values for that option as relevant:

  • Current functionality. Pause the new deployment and run the previous to the end
  • Pause the new deployment, run the previous to the end, then run the new deployment
  • Stop the previous deployment and run the new deployment

And if there could be some sort of wait-period where a new deployment would cancel the previous one(s), I think it would solve a lot.

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Giving us the ability to configure this would be nice, just like Travis.

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