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Do deployment variables work in self-hosted Pipeline Runners?

Hi there,

 

I have set up a self-hosted Pipeline Runner on a Windows machine, and the deployment variables are not working despite following the documentation here:

https://support.atlassian.com/bitbucket-cloud/docs/variables-and-secrets/

 

I do not see anything suggesting that they're not supported here:

https://support.atlassian.com/bitbucket-cloud/docs/set-up-runners-for-windows/

 

So I'm wondering if anyone else has had luck with getting these to work?

 

Thanks!

 

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Hi @elanclarkson and welcome to the community!

I have been able to replicate this issue, so this looks like a bug that we need to further investigate.

I will reach out to the development team and I will let you know when I have an update.

Kind regards,
Theodora

Hi @elanclarkson,

The issue has been fixed. Could you please check if deployment variables work now in your Windows runner?

For testing purposes, you can use the following command in the script of your bitbucket-pipelines.yml file to print the value of a variable named myVar:

$env:myVar

Please note that if the variable is secured we do not display its value in the Pipelines log, so the previous command will print $Env:myVar if myVar is a secured variable. However, you can print its value in a new file that you define as an artifact, and then download that artifact to double-check the value.

script:
- $env:myVar > artifactfile.txt
artifacts:
- artifactfile.txt

Kind regards,
Theodora

Many thanks Theodora, works like a charm!

 

... I do note that I can only access the vars by using the $env:myVar syntax mentioned. I was expecting to be able to use $myVar as per the documentation but this isn't a major.

 

Thanks again!

Hi Elan,

You are very welcome, I'm glad to have helped!

The different way of referencing environment variables has to do with Windows Runners builds running on PowerShell instead of Docker containers, and you are right that this info is missing from our documentation. I will reach out to my team internally and request to have this added.

Please feel free to reach out if you ever need anything else!

Kind regards,
Theodora

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