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Configuring Artifact Dependencies Using Web UI

To add dependencies to a build configuration:

  1. When creating/editing build configuration, open Dependencies page.
  2. Click the Add new artifact dependency link and specify the following settings:
    Option Description
    Depend on
    Specify the build configuration that the current build configuration should depend on.
    Get artifacts from Specify the type of build, from which the artifacts should be taken: last successful build, last pinned build, last finished build or build with specific build number.
    • When selecting the build configuration, take your clean-up policy settings into account. Builds are cleaned and deleted on a regular basis, thus the build configuration could become dependent on a non-existent build. When artifacts are taken from a build with a specific number, then the specific build will not be deleted during clean-up.
    • If both dependency by sources and dependency by artifacts on a last finished build are configured for a build configuration, then artifacts will be taken from the build with the same sources.
    Build number Use this field to specify the exact build number of the artifact. This field is enabled, if the Build number option is selected in the Get artifacts from field.
    Artifacts path Specifies the files to be downloaded form the "source" build. The path should be relative to the artifacts directory of the "source" build. The path can either identify a specific file, or use wildcards to match multiple files. Ant-like wildcards are supported.
    Downloaded artifacts will keep the "source" directory structure starting with the first * or ?.

    For example:

    • Use a/b/** to download all files from a/b directory of the source build. If there is a a/b/c/file.txt file in the source build artifacts, it will be downloaded into the file DestinationPath/c/file.txt.
    • At the same time, artifact dependency **/*.txt will preserve the directories structure: the a/b/c/file.txt file from source build artifacts will be downloaded to DestinationPath/a/b/c/file.txt.


    Artifacts can also be extracted from zip/jar/tar/tar.gz archives, using special '!' syntax:

    The files matched inside the archive will be placed in the directory corresponding to the first directory with a wildcard in the name.
    For example: release.zip!*.dll command will extract all .dll files residing in the root of release.zip artifact.

    Examples of advanced usage:

    • release-*.zip!*.dll will extract *.dll from all archives matched release-*.zip pattern.
    • a.zip!** will unpack entire archive saving path information.
    • a.zip!a/b/c/**/*.dll will extract all .dll files from a/b/c and its subdirectories, into the destination directory, without a/b/c prefix.
    Click the icon to invoke the Artifact Browser. TeamCity will try to locate artifacts according to specified settings and show then in a tree. Select required in the tree and TeamCity will place the paths to them into the input field.
    More artifacts Click this link to open an additional text field, where you can specify the path to additional artifacts.
    Destination path
    Specify the destination path on the agent where downloaded artifacts should be placed. If the path is relative, it will be resolved against the build checkout directory. If needed, the destination path can be cleaned before downloading artifacts.
    Clean directory before downloading artifacts Check this option to delete the content of the destination directory before copying artifacts.
When you have artifact dependencies configured, at some point you might need to start a build with custom artifact dependencies. For example, if your build configuration A is configured to take artifacts from the last successful build of configuration B, and you want to include some specific artifacts from B, different from the last successful.
To specify custom artifacts for a build, click Actions | Promote on the build results page, and customize the artifact dependency for the current build.

Configuring Artifact Dependencies Using Ant Build Script

This section describes how to download TeamCity build artifacts inside the build script. These instructions can also be used to download artifacts from outside of TeamCity.

For handling artifact dependencies between the builds this solution is more complicated then configuring dependencies in the TeamCity UI but allows for greater flexibility. For example, managing dependencies this way will allow you to start a personal build and verify that your build is still compatible with dependencies.

To configure dependencies via Ant build script:
1. Download Ivy.

TeamCity itself acts as an Ivy repository. You can read more about the Ivy dependency manager here: http://ant.apache.org/ivy/.

2. Add Ivy to the classpath of your build.
3. Create ivyconf.xml file that contains some meta information about TeamCity repository. This file should have the following content:

4. Replace YOUR_TEAMCITY_HOST_NAME with the host name of your TeamCity server.
5. Place ivyconf.xml in the directory where your build.xml will be running.
6. In the same directory create ivy.xml file in which define which artifacts should be downloaded and where to put them, for example:

Where:

  • YOUR_ORGANIZATION should be replaced with the name of your organization.
  • YOUR_MODULE should be replaced with the name of your project or module where artifacts will be used.
  • BUILD_CONFIGURATION_ID should be replaced with id of the build configuration from where artifacts are downloaded. You can obtain this id from the links in your TeamCity server (you should take value of buildTypeId parameter). e.g. bt20
  • BUILD_REVISION can be either build number or one of the following strings:
    • latest.lastFinished
    • latest.lastSuccessful
    • latest.lastPinned
  • ARTIFACT_FILE_NAME_WITHOUT_EXTENSION file name or regular expression of the artifact without extension part.
  • ARTIFACT_FILE_NAME_EXTENSION extension part of the artifact file name.

7. Modify your build.xml file and add tasks for downloading artifacts, for example (applicable for Ant 1.6 and later):

Please note that among ivy commons-httpclient, commons-logging and commons-codec should be in classpath of Ivy tasks.

Artifacts repository is protected by a basic authentication. To access the artifacts, you need to provide credentials to the <ivy:configure/> task. For example:

where TEAMCITY_HOST is hostname or IP address of your TeamCity server (without port and servlet context).
As USER_ID/PASSWORD you can use either username/password of a regular TeamCity user (the user should have corresponding permissions to access artifacts of the source build configuration) or system properties teamcity.auth.userId/teamcity.auth.password.

The properties teamcity.auth.userId/teamcity.auth.password store automatically generated build-unique values whose only intended use is artifacts downloading within the build script. The values are valid only during the time the build is running. Using the properties is preferable to using real user credentials since it allows the server to track artifacts downloaded by your build. If the artifacts were downloaded by the build configuration artifact dependencies or using the supplied properties, the specific artifacts used by the build will be displayed on the build results page. In addition, the builds which were used to get the artifacts from will not be cleaned up by the clean-up process much like the pinned builds.

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