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Step inputs

Step inputs are environment items that tell the Bitrise CLI how to run a given step. As discussed in the Steps section, the default inputs can be found in the step.yml file of every step and the user only needs to manually set the inputs they wish to change.

Step inputs can be defined in the bitrise.yml file of the project by setting the inputs attribute. They have the same syntax as every environment property. It consists of two main parts: a KEY: value pair and an opts field. The key and the value are required, the opts field is optional.

- my_key_for_the_env: my value for the env
    title: An example env var item
    is_dont_change_value: false
    category: example
  • my_key_for_the_env: the key of the environment item (required)
  • my value for the env: the value of the item (required)
  • opts: optional attributes.

Of course, a step input can have many more attributes - let's take a look at them!

  • title, summary and description : metadata, for comments, tools and GUI. Note: these meta properties can be used for permanent comments. Standard YML comments are not preserved when the YML is normalized, converted to JSON or otherwise generated or transformed. These meta properties are.
  • is_expand : can be set to true or false. If set to true, the shell environment variables are expanded/resolved.
  • skip_if_empty : can be set to true or false. If set to true, the input will not be used if its value is empty.
  • category : used to categorize the input.
  • value_options : list of the available values.
  • is_required : can be set to true or false. If set to true, the step requires a non-empty value to be set for the input.
  • is_dont_change_value : can be set to true or false. If set to true, the value of the input should not be changed and/or should be hidden on UIs. Mainly used for debug inputs and for "connection" inputs (set to outputs of other steps, to connect this step with another one).
  • is_template : can be set to true or false. If set to true , the input's value will be evaulated as a Go template.

Using template expressions for step inputs

If you need a step to use a certain value only in certain circumstances, use template expressions as step inputs. Template expressions are evaluated before the step uses the input. They are written in Go's template language - you can read more about that here.

Set the is_template attribute in the bitrise.yml file of your project to use template expressions.

  1. Open the bitrise.yml file of your project.

  2. Find the step you need, and then the input of that step in which you wish to use a template expression.

  3. Add an opts field to the content of the step.

  4. Add the is_template attribute to opts and set its value to true.

  5. Add the template expression to the step's content.


- script:
  title: Template example
  - content: |-
      {{if .IsCI}}
      echo "CI mode"
      echo "not CI mode"
      is_template: true

Check out the template utility on GitHub!