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Update ServiceNow tickets in CD stages

This topic describes how to update Service Now tickets in CD Stages.

Harness provides the ability to update ServiceNow change requests and incident tickets from your Pipeline step using the ServiceNow Update step.

You can add the Create ServiceNow step to a Harness CD stage or an Approval stage and do the following:

  • Automatically update change requests in ServiceNow to track updates to your build, test, and production environments by adding a ServiceNow Create step in your Pipeline.
  • Automatically assign tickets in ServiceNow to triage and resolve incidents quickly in case of Pipeline failures.

Important notes

  • You must add a Harness ServiceNow connector before or during the Create ServiceNow step setup.
  • You must install the Harness application before using templates to create ServiceNow tickets.​
  • Make sure you have the following roles:
    • x_harne_harness_ap.integration_user_role​ to access supported APIs, view Harness support details and access Templates.
    • itil for end-to-end integration with Harness platform.​​​
  • Review add ServiceNow approval stages and steps.
  • The ServiceNow API only allows date time and time values in the UTC timezone only. Consequently, input for any datetime/time fields in Harness ServiceNow steps must be provided in UTC format irrespective of time zone settings in your ServiceNow account.
    The timezone settings govern the display value of the settings not their actual value. The display values in the Harness UI depend on ServiceNow timezone settings.

ServiceNow user roles

You can install the Harness app in your ServiceNow instance from the ServiceNow store. For more information, see the ServiceNow installation guide.

Add a ServiceNow Update step

  1. In a Harness CD or Approval stage, in Execution, select Add Step.
  2. Select ServiceNow Update. The ServiceNow Update settings appear.
  3. In Name, enter a name that describes the step.
  4. In Timeout, enter how long you want Harness to try to create the issue before failing (and initiating the stage or step failure strategy).
  5. In ServiceNow Connector, create or select the ServiceNow connector to use.
  6. In Ticket Type, select a ServiceNow ticket type from the list.

  1. In Ticket Number enter the ServiceNow ticket number to update. You can enter fixed values, provide runtime input, or provide an expression for this field.

  1. If you want to update multiple change tasks under a parent change request, select Update Multiple, and then do the following:
  • In Change Request Number, specify the change request whose tasks you want to update.

  • In Change Task Type, specify which task type you want to target. All tasks whose type matches your selection are updated. If you want all tasks under the parent to be updated regardless of their task type, leave this field blank.


    The Update Multiple option appears only if you select Change Task in the Ticket Type field.

    This feature is behind the feature flag CDS_NG_UPDATE_MULTIPLE_SNOW_CHANGE_REQUEST. To enable this feature, contact Harness Support.

Update fields

  1. Select Update Fields to update specific ServiceNow fields in your ServiceNow ticket. This option enables you to access multiple custom fields from your ServiceNow integration.

  2. (Applicable only if the ticket number is a fixed value) Scan the list of fields for a refresh icon, and then click the icon next to each field to fetch the latest value from ServiceNow. Harness displays the refresh icon next to a field only if that field has been updated in ServiceNow.

    More information

    If the ticket number is a fixed value, and not a runtime value or expression, in addition to listing fields that have values, Harness does the following for you:

    • It includes values from ServiceNow in the fields.

    • It displays any new fields that have been added to the ticket in ServiceNow after the last time you viewed this section.

    • If the value of a field has changed in ServiceNow, Harness includes a refresh icon that you can select if you want the field to show the updated value. Harness does not automatically update the field with the latest value.

      This feature is behind the feature flag CDS_SERVICENOW_FETCH_FIELDS. To enable the feature, contact Harness Support.

  3. In Description, enter a detailed description of the ticket.

  4. In Short Description, enter a summary of the ticket you are creating. This will be the title of the ticket.
    You can use Harness variables in the Short Description and Description fields.

  5. Select Fields. The Add ServiceNow Fields settings appear.

  6. You can specify additional fields for the ticket by clicking Provide Field List. The properties are specified as key-value pairs, the name being the field name (not the label) in ServiceNow and a valid value.

Apply from template

  1. Select Apply From Template to update a ticket using an existing template.
  2. In Template Name, enter the name of an existing template or provide an expression.
    All the fields corresponding to the Template are listed.
  3. Select Apply Changes.

Custom table support

For details, go to Custom table support in Create ServiceNow tickets in CD stages.