BuildMaster Documentation

Importing an Artifact from a Drop Path

  • Last Modified: 2019-07-25

BuildMaster gives you a lot of flexibility when it comes to creating and deploying artifacts. In some cases you might want to create an artifact for deployment that includes files that were placed in a drop path.

The Create-Artifact operation allows you to collect all of the files in a directory, compresses them in a zip file, and save it to the artifact library with the intention of deploying it later.


While there are several ways to utilize a drop path, the two most common drop path use-cases in BuildMaster are described as follows:

  1. all build output will be exported to a specific subdirectory of a base drop path using the release number and the user or tool that does this will notify a BuildMaster user (or automate the call to BuildMaster) instructing the user or system to capture the contents into an artifact
  2. build output is copied in a predetermined drop path, a BuildMaster user (or the system via API call) causes all files in this directory to be captured into an artifact and associated with a build

Configuring the Build Plan

Creating a plan to handle artifact capture from a drop path is as simple as using the Create-Artifact operation. For example, if your company uses a shared network folder as a drop-path for compiled source code you can use this feature to pick up those files and create an artifact for deployment in subsequent operations.

Example plan (use-case #1):

Create-Artifact HdarsVendorFiles
    From: \\fileshare1\vendorDrop\Hdars\$ReleaseNumber

Example plan (use-case #2):

Create-Artifact BuildOutput
    From: \\fileshare1\buildOutput


The two use-cases for this pattern are demonstrated on our public BuildMaster instance at the following locations:

Configuring Automatic Build Triggering

Starting in BuildMaster v6.1.10, you can configure a scheduled Repository Monitor, which will routinely poll an existing drop path to check if there is any new content within it that BuildMaster needs to capture.

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