Limit a custom pipeline to a branch

I added two custom pipelines in order to manually trigger them: One for deployment to test and the other for deployment to prod.

Unfortunately, it is possible to run both pipelines on every branch, e.g. I could run "deployment to prod" on the development branch, which should only be possible on the master branch.

Is there a way to limit custom pipelines to specific branches?

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This doesn't seem to be possible within bitbucket-pipelines.yml itself, but you can check for the branch in your script:


if [ "$(git rev-parse --abbrev-ref HEAD)" == "master" ]; then
echo "master :)"
echo "not master :("

If you want to follow @Steve Taylor's answer you can also check the BITBUCKET_BRANCH environment variable in the pipeline.

Alternatively, you could set up a pipeline that runs on master only and has manual steps that do the deployments. i.e. Steps that will only trigger with manual input. You will also need to be using artifacts for this.

Documentation links.

Manual Steps:


Something like this:

- step:
trigger: manual
name: test
- build-output/**
- ./runTests
- step:
trigger: manual
name: "Deploy to Staging"
- build-output:**
- ./deploy-to-staging
- step:
trigger: manaual
name: "Deploy to Production"
- ./deploy-to-production

- step:
name: test
- ./run-tests

Then you can also set up Bitbucket Deployments (if you're in the alpha programme) to track the status of your environments

One side note, the first step can't be manual according to

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I just noticed that since some weeks there's an option to run every pipeline (not only custom ones) from every commit.

This is dangerous (everyone could push to production WIPs or old commits, or even malicious ones via a side branch).

Is it really this way?

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+1 for improving accessibility and access control for pipelines.

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