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Git Clone step settings

This topic provides settings for the Git Clone step, which clones a repo to the pipeline workspace. This step is useful when you want to include multiple repositories in your build. For example, suppose you maintain your code files in one repo and your build files (such as Dockerfiles) in a separate repo. In this case, you can set up your pipeline's Build stage to clone your code files and then add a Git Clone step to clone your build files into your pipeline workspace.


Depending on the stage's build infrastructure, some settings may be unavailable.


Enter a name summarizing the step's purpose. Harness automatically assigns an Id (Entity Identifier Reference) based on the Name. You can change the Id.


The connector to the source control provider for the code repo you want the step to clone. For more information, go to Code repo connectors.

Repository Name

The name of the code repo you want to clone into the pipeline workspace, if this is not already designated in the connector's configuration.

This setting is required if the connector uses a Git account URL, such as, rather than to a URL for a specific repo within that account.

Build Type

Select Git Branch if you want the step to clone code from a specific branch with in the repo. Select Git Tag if you want the step to clone code from a specific commit tag. Based on your selection, specify a Branch Name or Tag Name. You can use fixed values, runtime input, and variable expressions for the branch and tag names.

This setting applies only to the repo specified in this Git Clone step. It is separate from the codebase object for the pipeline's Build stage. If you want this Git Clone step's repo to use the same branch or commit as the primary codebase, specify either <+codebase.branch> or <+codebase.tag> for Branch Name or Tag Name. Make sure to set the input type to Expression. These expressions pull runtime input from the pipeline; for example, if the pipeline's primary codebase uses the development branch, then the Git Clone step clones the development branch from its repo. For more information, go to Built-in CI codebase variables reference.

Clone Directory

The target path in the pipeline workspace where you want to clone the repo.

You can't specify /harness/ as a target for a Git Clone step because this folder is reserved for the repo defined in the Build stage's codebase object. However, you can set up your Build stage to use a custom workspace volume and share data across steps in your Build stage. For more information, go to the Workspace section in CI Build stage settings.

Additional Configuration

Use the following settings to add additional configuration to the step.


The number of commits to fetch when the step clones the repo.

For manually-triggered builds, the default depth is 50. This means each git clone operation fetches the 50 most recent commits. For all other trigger types, the default depth is 0, which fetches all commits from the relevant branch.

For more information, go to

SSL Verify

If True, which is the default value, the pipeline verifies your Git SSL certificates. The build fails if the certificate check fails. Set this to False only if you have a known issue with the certificate and you are willing to run your builds anyway.

If you want to use self-signed certificates in your build infrastructure, go to Configure a Kubernetes Build Farm to use Self-Signed Certificates

Run as User

Specify the user ID to use to run all processes in the pod if running in containers. For more information, go to Set the security context for a pod.

Set Container Resources

Set maximum resource limits for the resources used by the container at runtime:

  • Limit Memory: The maximum memory that the container can use. You can express memory as a plain integer or as a fixed-point number using the suffixes G or M. You can also use the power-of-two equivalents Gi and Mi.
    • Limit CPU: The maximum number of cores that the container can use. CPU limits are measured in CPU units. Fractional requests are allowed; for example, you can specify one hundred millicpu as 0.1 or 100m. For more information, go to Resource units in Kubernetes.


Set the timeout limit for the step. Once the timeout limit is reached, the step fails and pipeline execution continues. To set skip conditions or failure handling for steps, go to:

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