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GoCD Groovy DSL Configuration Plugin

A GoCD plugin that allows maintaining pipelines and environments in source control using a DSL written in the groovy language.

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A note about security

This plugin evaluates untrusted code on the GoCD server. A malicious script can do significant damage (steal keys and secrets, remove files and directories, install malware, etc). As such, please use this plugin only with GoCD servers and repositories where you completely trust your users.


  • Download the plugin jar from the downloads page and place the jar file on the GoCD server in plugins/external directory.

  • Add config-repos element right above first <pipelines />. Then you can add any number of repository configuration repositories as such:

      <config-repo pluginId="cd.go.contrib.plugins.configrepo.groovy" id="my-project">
        <git url="" />
  • The plugin will now scan and read files ending with the extension .gocd.groovy and setup pipelines defined in those files.

Linting or verifying your DSL locally

There are some basic standalone linting abilities provided by the plugin:

java -jar groovy-dsl-plugin.jar syntax file1

Lint and validation of Groovy DSL

$ java -jar groovy-dsl-plugin.jar
Usage: java -jar groovy-dsl-plugin.jar [options] [command] [command options]
    --help, -h
      print this help
    syntax      perform syntax checking of specified file
      Usage: syntax [options] [file|-]
          --help, -h
            print this help
          --json, -j
            show generated json for the config
            Default: false

How do I know which parts of the DSL to use?

Generally speaking, the philosophy of this plugin is to allow for IDE and Groovy language-driven support rather than providing static documentation of the structure as with other non-language-based GoCD "pipelines as code" plugins. Alongside getting clues from examples, we'd generally suggest following the below steps to set up an IDE with the DSL dependency and being able to benefit from auto-completion/suggests as well as viewing the API documentation inline with editing.

Auto complete in your IDE

If you're using an IDE like IntelliJ or Eclipse, you can import the dsl.jar file from the downloads page, or using the following maven co-ordinates in your build script:

<!-- maven -->
  <!-- get version from -->
// groovy build.gradle
dependencies {
  // get version from
  compileOnly group: 'cd.go.groovydsl', name: 'dsl', version: 'XXX'

Static DSL reference documentation

If you don't use an IDE, an alternative is to use the API Javadocs. Since the intent is for this to be downloaded and viewing in an IDE it is not published somewhere statically, but you can download/view localy:

  1. Find the relevant version of the plugin from
  2. Navigate to Files < View All
  3. Download the dsl-${version}-javadoc.jar
  4. Unzip it and open index.html in a browser

Support for Branches and PRs

Often you would want to run your builds against multiple branches and PRs. Manually configuring pipelines/workflow for each branch/PR could be cumbersome. The plugin provides an ability to templatize a pipeline or an entire workflow to run your builds against each branch and PR. Once a template is defined, the plugin scans the configured repository at a regular interval and for each available branch/PR it builds the corresponding pipelines.

The plugin also provides notification capability, you can configure the plugin to notify your pull requests with the build status.

For a working example, refer to the Groovy Script which generates the PR workflow under the pipeline group gocd-pull_8567-Groovy_plugin_branch_PR_feature_example on You will have to login as Guest user to view this pipeline group.

You can refer to PR support examples for comprehensive examples for each provider.


Here is a simple example of the DSL, there are more examples in the examples directory.

import cd.go.contrib.plugins.configrepo.groovy.dsl.*

GoCD.script {
  pipelines {
    pipeline('build') {
      group = 'go-cd'
      lockBehavior = 'lockOnFailure'
      trackingTool {
        link = '${ID}'
        regex = ~/##(\d+)/

      environmentVariables = [
        'pipeline-var': 'pipeline-value'

      materials {
        git('my-repo') {
          url = ''
          branch = 'master'
          blacklist = ['', "examples/**/*"]

      stages {
        stage('test') {
          environmentVariables = [
            'stage-var': 'stage-value'
          jobs {
            job('build') {
              tasks {
                bash {
                  commandString = "git clean -fdx"

                bash {
                  commandString = './gradlew clean assemble test'


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