Usage of Deployment variables on multiple steps

Nicola Salvo June 9, 2019


I have broken down my pipeline in multiple steps to speed it up, and I'm using deployment variables to manage secrets:

- step:
name: Step1
deployment: test
- echo $DEPLOYMENT_CREDENTIALS > /tmp/keyfile.json
- parallel:
- step:
  name: Step2
   deployment: test
- echo $DEPLOYMENT_CREDENTIALS > /tmp/keyfile.json
- step:
name: Step3
deployment: test
- echo $DEPLOYMENT_CREDENTIALS > /tmp/keyfile.json


It looks like my pipeline it invalid, as it doesn't allow to specify "deployment" multiple times, however if I specify it only once the other steps do not find the variables. 

Is it possible to have multiple steps which make use of deployments ? Otherwise any suggestion on how to implement such scenario?




15 answers

9 votes
Christian Koschmieder de Juan January 13, 2023

this feature is A MUST

8 votes
Nitin Goyal March 6, 2020

we also facing same issue. we have steps like build docker image and push to ECR different AWS account. and another step we are publishing to the Kubernetes (again on different Kubernetes based on deployment).

jmgarciadelmoral January 22, 2021

``` - step: &deploy_set_env
name: "Deploy: Set Env"
enabled: false
- .env
- printenv | xargs -L 1 echo export > .env```


and then in the following steps:


- step: &deploy
name: "deploy"
- |
source .env


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Anuj February 4, 2021

I used this approach but getting error in sourcing the .env file

bash: export: `%s': not a valid identifier
Jay Kravetz February 5, 2021

This worked well. However, the ability to tell multiple steps to use the same environment is necessary

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6 votes
Roger Viaplana February 9, 2022

Same issue.

When will we have a solution?

2 votes
Christian Koschmieder de Juan February 12, 2023

You cant use the same deployment in different steps. It is supossed to be used one time. So, what you can do is to create one deployment for each step and use it in the pipeline.


Lab-deploy-1 to execute a script

Lab-deploy-2 to execute a seconds script

Until they allow us to repeat deployments in steps thats all you can do.

2 votes
Matt November 9, 2022

Any updates on this please? 

2 votes
mihai.dobre January 19, 2021

I'm facing almost the same issue. I was looking for some sort of environment variable that bitbucket is pushing by default (like BITBUCKET_DEPLOYMENT_ENVIRONMENT) in order to get the names of the steps in a pipeline. And I was thinking to use the one I mentioned but .... I need to declare fake environments in settings. Please let us use `deployment` or expose the name of the steps in an environment variable so that we don't need to repeat ourselves.

2 votes
Zogoo September 11, 2020

Is there any other way to achieve this?

2 votes
Deleted user May 4, 2020

Here we are facing the same issue. This will be really nice to have.

pohlen May 4, 2020

Then please vote for the feature:

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Deleted user May 5, 2020

Done. Thank you for pointing me that.

2 votes
Philip Hodder
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June 13, 2019

Hello Nicola,

Currently, you can only define a particular deployment environment once per pipeline. In the example you have provided, you have used it in three steps. Which is why you're get errors in your pipeline.

You could try one of the following strategies. They have various trade-offs though.

  1. Consolidate the steps into a single one. Though, you'll lose the performance improvements you're trying to add.
  2. Create 3 separate environments, then reference each one once in each step. However, this will need duplicate environment variable configuration across the environments. And will also cause three Test environments to show in the dashboard, for what I assume is a single deployment?
  3. Set the Deployment credential as a repository-level variable. This will make it accessible to any pipeline that runs in the repository. But could have security concerns depending on how much trust other users with write access have.

You might also find these feature request interesting to follow: 

If neither of those cover what you'd like, you can also create a new feature request.

It would be helpful for us if you could add details of your use-case to one of those feature requests.



cvivieca January 30, 2020

Hi Phil, 

I have the same question. Is it not yet there other way to achieve this? 



Deleted user February 28, 2020

I have the same issues here. I have three steps to separate functionality but not be able to define the same deployment. This means that the variables that are need to all steps must either be defined elsewhere (very ugly and approach) or create a huge step (also ugly).

And I would like another problem that appears with this deployment limitation. I was using a python image in one step to achieve certain goals. And on the next step I was using another image. Having to merge the multiple steps to one means that I will have to do with one image for all of my goals in this step.

This should be fixed asap.

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kevinpiac February 28, 2020

Facing the exact same issue there. 
I've added more verbose env variables such as DEV_VARIABLE_NAME, PROD_VARIABLE_NAME in order to keep my multiple steps process.

Please consider fixing this ASAP :) 

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simeon-uxiliary March 5, 2020

It would be great to be able to reuse the deployment variables.

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Oleksandr Diudiun September 27, 2021

More than two years and still nothing?

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Doroftei Andrei November 3, 2021

Still waiting for a fix.

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Son Le November 25, 2021

I'm having the exact same issue - waiting for a fix.

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Valentin Funk January 20, 2022

Exactly the same issue, no acceptable solution to this yet.

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Manish Manandhar February 18, 2022

On the same boat, please allow deployment variables to be shared across steps.
Artifacts wont work for secret variables.

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naveen.kummari April 4, 2022

Wow, more than 3 years and no update

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Tomáš Prítrský November 9, 2023

Stages were introduced, where you can group multiple steps
if you define the "deployment:" variable at stage, the env variables will be shared across all steps within this stage.

1 vote
Drew Gallagher February 12, 2023

Looking for this solution right now for our team. It would be very helpful!

Christian Koschmieder de Juan February 12, 2023

Create different deployment in the branch. Like lab-dep-1 lab-dep2 and use it for the steps in the same deployment. Is the only thing you can do.

1 vote
Adrien Carré December 1, 2022

I would like this to be implemented as well.


Ideally we could define a deployment variable for multiple steps for an entire pipeline

0 votes
Sergei Prognimak September 15, 2023

Not sure what it cause so much problems for so long. Solution is very simple

Just make it like this. First grab  env variables from deployment definition into artifact, then use them in next steps.

   step_init: &build_init_step
      - touch
      - echo "export REPOSITORY=$REPOSITORY" >>
      - echo "export BUILD_TAG=$BUILD_TAG" >>
      - echo "export TARGET_HOST=$TARGET_HOST" >>
   step_deploy: &build_deploy_step
      - source


   - step:
     name: Build "Test" environment images
     deployment: Test
     <<: *build_init_step
   - parallel:
     <<: *build_images_parallel_test
   - step:
     name: Deploying to "Test"
     <<: *build_deploy_step
0 votes
will June 21, 2023

Our company has decided to slowly migrate to an alternative version control supplier solely because this issue has been around for multiple years and all the suggested work arounds have the potential to expose the pipeline variables. 

0 votes
Bryant Foresman February 12, 2023

Anyone on this thread, look into stages, which were recently implemented; they provide multi step deployments, but have some limitations, like no parallel steps in them, and no manual steps in them:

Drew Gallagher February 13, 2023

Are there any plans for stages to run in parallel eventually? 

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Tomas Maggio May 28, 2023

How is it possible that everything they do have so many limitations?

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0 votes
Ba Satti December 25, 2022

wow wow

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