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Limit pipelines to a specific branch

This question is in reference to Atlassian Documentation: Configure bitbucket-pipelines.yml

Is there a way to disable pipelines for specific branches?  Or, only enable for one specific branch?  We'd like to only have pipelines run on our 'master' branch for now, and ignore everything else.  

Tried adding a default that simply has an echo statement in the script, but it still spends a lot of time spinning up a docker, just to do that echo.  Seems like a waste of resources?

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xtjhin Atlassian Team Jun 07, 2016

Hi James

You sure can limit pipelines to run only when certain branches change.

Here's an example of a bitbucket-pipelines.yml that only runs when master is pushed

      - step:
            - echo "only on master"

With this configuration, if I push another branch, it won't be built.

That seems to have done the trick.  I was thinking 'default' was a required block, meaning a branch always has a match.  I was wrong!  

Thank you.

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Yup, works for me too, thanks!

Note that the 'default' block is a sibling of the 'branches' block, not a descendant.  That tripped me up for a couple minutes.

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I have a single repository under bit-bucket account and this repository has this 4 branches :

- master 
- Admin - Web

 I put bitbucket-pipelines.yml under master and its like that:


image: maven:3.5.0-jdk-7
API: - step:
: - maven script: - mvn install


so I expect that when I push something to API, this will file will be triggered , but in fact it never happened, did I miss any?

is there a way to gave multiple options?
I mean, I want to run the same test on both `develop` and `master`, it's a bit ugly to repeat the same 10 rows of config for both brenches

it'd be great something like this

- step:
: - maven script:

but i think it breaks the yaml 

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Any information about this? We would like to see similar functionality.

you can write

branches: '{master, develop}': 
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Wow, didn't know about it, thank you

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that's incredible, thanks indeed

it is not in any way clear trough the documentation!

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Is it possible to give the multiple branches syntax via bitbucket variables ?

Let say i have a list of branches to trigger pipeline in repo variable APP_BRANCHES with value feature/b1, fix/b2, hotfix/b3


branches: '{$APP_BRANCHES}'

 Is it possible ?

- step:
# In next line with proper indentation.

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