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Plugin step settings

This topic provides settings for the Plugin step. For more information about plugins, go to Explore plugins.


Depending on the stage's build infrastructure, some settings might be unavailable or optional.


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


Optional text string describing the step's purpose.

Container Registry and Image

Container Registry is a Harness container registry connector that has access to Docker Hub. If you have created your own plugin, the connector must have access to the container registry where your plugin image is located.

The name of the plugin's Docker image. The image name should include the tag, or it defaults to the latest tag if unspecified. For more information about tags, go to Docker build tags.

You can use any Docker image from any Docker registry, including Docker images from private registries.

For private registries, provide the fully-qualified name (FQN) of the image.


These fields are optional when using a local runner build infrastructure, self-managed AWS/GCP/Azure VM build infrastructure, or Harness Cloud build infrastructure. These fields are only required if the build machine doesn't have the required binaries pre-installed.


Select this option to run the container with escalated privileges. This is the equivalent of running a container with the Docker --privileged flag.


Specify plugin-specific settings according to the plugin's documentation, either in the Harness CI documentation (Explore plugins) or on the Drone Plugins Marketplace.

For detailed information about a plugin's settings, go to the plugin's page on the Drone Plugins Marketplace. In addition to the settings described on a plugin's Marketplace page, each plugin has a README where you can read about the plugin's settings in detail. The README can include additional or uncommon settings that aren't described on the Marketplace page or the Harness CI documentation. You can find README links at the top of each plugin's Marketplace page.

The README link is at the top of each plugin's Drone Plugin Marketplace page.

Output variables


Not all plugins write output variables.

Support for plugin output variables is unpredictable with self-managed VM build infrastructures.

Output variables are exposed values that can be used by other steps or stages in the pipeline. If the plugin writes output to the DRONE_OUTPUT.env file, you can use expressions to reference those output variables in other steps and stages in the pipeline.

For example, to write to the DRONE_OUTPUT.env file, the plugin must use a command such as the following:

echo "VAR_NAME=somevalue" >> $DRONE_OUTPUT

To reference the resulting output variable in another step in the same stage, use either of the following expressions:


To reference an output variable in a stage other than the one where the output variable originated, use either of the following expressions:


For each expression:

  • Replace STEP_ID with the ID of the Plugin step.
  • Replace VAR_NAME with the relevant variable name.
  • In cross-stage references, replace STAGE_ID with the ID of the stage where the Plugin step exists.

If the step is within a step group, include the step group identifier in the expression, such as:


Environment variables

When a Harness CI pipeline runs, it produces a number of environment variables, including many DRONE_ environment variables. You can reference these in your plugin script, if needed. For more information, go to the CI environment variables reference.

Image Pull Policy

If you specified a Container Registry and Image, you can specify an image pull policy:

  • Always: The kubelet queries the container image registry to resolve the name to an image digest every time the kubelet launches a container. If the kubelet encounters an exact digest cached locally, it uses its cached image; otherwise, the kubelet downloads (pulls) the image with the resolved digest, and uses that image to launch the container.
  • If Not Present: The image is pulled only if it isn't already present locally.
  • Never: The image is assumed to exist locally. No attempt is made to pull the image.

Run as User

If you specified a Container Registry and Image, you can specify the user ID to use for running processes in containerized steps.

For a Kubernetes cluster build infrastructure, the step uses this user ID to run all processes in the pod. 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. The default is 500Mi.
  • 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. The default is 400m. 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: