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Early Access

Learn about the early access (aka BETA) features in Harness SaaS across all Harness modules and the Harness Platform. Early access features require a feature flag.


Harness deploys updates progressively to different Harness SaaS clusters. You can identify the cluster hosting your account in your Account Overview page. The features and fixes in the release notes may not be available in your cluster immediately.

Additionally, the release notes below are only for NextGen SaaS. FirstGen SaaS release notes are available here and Self-Managed Enterprise Edition release notes are available here.

January 12, 2023

Continuous Delivery

  • Convert imperative Kubernetes rollback to declarative rollback. (CDS-2993, ZD-26855, ZD-27690, ZD-36563, ZD-36670)

    This functionality is behind a feature flag: CDP_USE_K8S_DECLARATIVE_ROLLBACK_NG.

    Harness applies Kubernetes manifest using kubectl apply, which is a declarative way of creating Kubernetes objects. But when rolling back, we perform kubectl rollout undo workloadType/workloadName --to-revision=<REVISION_NUMBER>, which is an imperative way of rolling back. Using imperative and declarative commands together is not recommended and can cause issues.

    In some instances, the workload spec was not updated properly when rollout undo was performed. Subsequent deployments then refered to an invalid spec of the workload and caused Kubernetes issues like kubectl rollout undo should warn about undefined behaviour with kubectl apply.

    What is the fix?

    We had to redesign our release history to store all rendered manifests in secrets, just like Helm does. While rolling back, we are now reapplying the last successful release's manifests. This solves this issue.

    What is the impact on customers?

    • Enabling declarative rollback disables versioning (even if the Skip Versioning checkbox is left unchecked), since versioning was introduced with the imperative rollback design. However, versioning is not needed anymore with declarative rollback.
    • The delegate's service account needs the permission to create, update, and read secrets in the defined infrastructure namespace. Typically, customers' delegates already have these permissions, but if cluster roles are strictly scoped, this could cause failures. For information on cluster roles for the delegate, go to Install Harness Delegate on Kubernetes.

December 13, 2022

Service Reliability Management

Continuous Verification (CV) fails if the data for configured deployment strategy is not available (SRM-12731)

Harness was automatically applying an alternate deployment strategy even if the required data for the deployment configured in the Verify step was not available.

Now, Harness does not automatically apply an alternate deployment strategy if the required data is not available. Instead, Harness fails the CV. Harness automatically applies an alternate deployment strategy only if you choose the Auto option in the Continuous Verification Type dropdown list when configuring the Verify step.

This feature is behind the feature flag SRM_LOG_HOST_SAMPLING_ENABLE.

December 7, 2022

Continuous Delivery

Nexus 3 is now supported for Azure Web App artifacts. (CDS-46372)

For more information, see Azure Web Apps deployment tutorial

This functionality is behind a feature flag: AZURE_WEB_APP_NG_NEXUS_PACKAGE

November 29, 2022

Continuous Delivery

Terraform Backend Configuration file path in the Terraform Apply step now supports remote file repos. (CDS-39012, ZD-37065)

Terraform Backend Configuration now can be specified in the remote file repository.

For more details, go to Provision with the Terraform Apply Step.

This functionality is behind a feature flag: TERRAFORM_REMOTE_BACKEND_CONFIG.

November 11, 2022

Harness Platform

You can now create secrets using the Google Cloud Secret Manager in Harness. (PL-28978)

Also, Projects is a new option in the left navigation. Click Projects to view the project-specific overview, pipeline, connector, and other details.

November 6, 2022

Harness Platform

You can now get optimized performance on remote pipelines by enabling the feature flag USE_GET_FILE_V2_GIT_CALL if you are on delegate version 772xx or higher. (PL-29459)

If you are on an older delegate version, you can upgrade your delegate for optimized performance.

October 20, 2022

Feature Flags

We've released a beta version of an Apex SDK for Feature Flags.

For more information and to access this SDK, see the Apex SDK reference guide and the GitHub repository.

October 18, 2022

Continuous Delivery

ECS Run Task support

In addition to deploying tasks as part of your standard ECS deployment, you can use the ECS Run Task step to run individual tasks separately as a step in your ECS stage. The ECS Run Task step is available in all ECS strategy types. An example of when you run a task separately is a one-time or periodic batch job that does not need to keep running or restart when it finishes.

This functionality is behind feature flags: NG_SVC_ENV_REDESIGN and ECS_NG

For more information, go to the ECS tutorial's run task step.

October 7, 2022

Continuous Delivery

  • ECS deployments: deploy artifacts to your Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) clusters using a Rolling, Canary, and Blue Green strategies.

Enable Feature Flags NG_SVC_ENV_REDESIGN and ECS_NG.

For more information, go to the ECS deployment tutorial.

  • Traditional deployments using SSH or WinRM: deploy your artifacts to hosts located in Microsoft Azure, AWS, or any platform-agnostic Physical Data Center (PDC).

These deployments are called Traditional because they use Secure Shell and PowerShell scripts and a traditional runtime environment as opposed to containers and orchestration mechanisms, like Kubernetes.


For more information, go to Secure Shell (SSH) deployment tutorial and WinRM deployment tutorial.

  • Custom deployments using Deployment templates: In some cases, you might be using a platform that does not have first class support in Harness, such as OpenStack, WebLogic, WebSphere, Google Cloud functions, etc. We call these non-native deployments. For non-native deployments, Harness provides a custom deployment option using Deployment Templates.


For more information, go to the Custom deployments using deployment templates tutorial.

Harness Platform

  • You can now create remote Templates in Harness and save it in your Git repo by enabling the feature flag NG_TEMPLATE_GITX. (PL-28573)

For more information, see Create a remote step template, Create a remote stage template, and Create a remote pipeline template.

  • You can now use expressions to reference pre-existing secrets in Vault using a fully-qualified path. (PL-28352)

For more information, see HashiCorp Vault Secrets.

  • Harness will now send email notification for user invites when the feature flag AUTO_ACCEPT_SAML_ACCOUNT_INVITES is enabled. (PL-26218, ZD-32152,35287)

Harness will not send any emails for user invites when the feature flag PL_NO_EMAIL_FOR_SAML_ACCOUNT_INVITES is enabled.

Continuous Integration

This release includes a new Docker delegate that you can install directly on a host. This feature is behind the Feature Flag CI_DOCKER_INFRASTRUCTURE. (CI-5680)

September 7, 2022

Harness Platform

You can now create a Harness Custom Secret Manager in Next Gen. (PL-25545)

You can onboard any secret manager with Harness and reference their secrets in Harness using a Shell Script.

This is behind the feature flag CUSTOM_SECRET_MANAGER_NG.

See Add a custom secret manager.

July 7, 2022

Harness Platform

Simplified Git Experience

Harness Git Experience lets you store configurations for your resources like Pipelines, Input Sets in Git. You can choose Git as the source of truth and use your Git credentials to access and modify your configurations.

With Harness Git Experience, you can select the repository and branch from where you want to execute your Pipelines, hence simplifying your Pipeline execution by seamless access to your Harness resources and their configurations stored in Git.

For more information, refer to Harness Git Experience Overview.

This functionality is behind a feature flag: NG_GIT_EXPERIENCE