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Used by other steps to make error analysis easier. Lists parameters and other data available to the step in which the error occurs.




name mandatory default possible values
echoDetails no true true, false
failOnError no true true, false
libraryDocumentationUrl no
libraryRepositoryUrl no
mandatorySteps no []
script yes
stepName yes
stepNameDoc no
stepParameters yes
stepTimeouts no [:]
  • echoDetails - If it is set to true details will be output to the console. See example below.
  • failOnError - Defines the behavior, in case an error occurs which is handled by this step. When set to false an error results in an "UNSTABLE" build result and the pipeline can continue.
  • libraryDocumentationUrl - Defines the url of the library's documentation that will be used to generate the corresponding links to the step documentation.
  • libraryRepositoryUrl - Defines the url of the library's repository that will be used to generate the corresponding links to the step implementation.
  • mandatorySteps - Defines a list of mandatory steps (step names) which have to be successful (=stop the pipeline), even if failOnError: false
  • script - The common script environment of the Jenkinsfile running. Typically the reference to the script calling the pipeline step is provided with the this parameter, as in script: this. This allows the function to access the commonPipelineEnvironment for retrieving, e.g. configuration parameters.
  • stepName - Defines the name of the step for which the error handling is active. It will be shown in the console log.
  • stepNameDoc - Defines the documented step, in case the documentation reference should point to a different step.
  • stepParameters - Passes the parameters of the step which uses the error handling onto the error handling. The list of parameters is then shown in the console output. The simplest case looks like this: [ script: this ]
  • stepTimeouts - Defines a Map containing step name as key and timout in minutes in order to stop an execution after a certain timeout. This helps to make pipeline runs more resilient with respect to long running steps.

Step configuration

We recommend to define values of step parameters via config.yml file.

In following sections of the config.yml the configuration is possible:

parameter general step/stage
failOnError X
libraryDocumentationUrl X
libraryRepositoryUrl X
mandatorySteps X
stepTimeouts X


The step depends on the following Jenkins plugins

Transitive dependencies are omitted.

The list might be incomplete.

Consider using the ppiper/jenkins-master docker image. This images comes with preinstalled plugins.


handlePipelineStepErrors (stepName: 'executeHealthCheck', stepParameters: parameters) {
  // The code you want to get controlled by the error handler goes right here into the closure
  def url = new Utils().getMandatoryParameter(parameters, 'url', null)
  def statusCode = curl(url)
  if (statusCode != '200')
    error "Health Check failed: ${statusCode}"

Example console output

If echoDetails is set to true the following information will be output to the console:

  1. Step beginning: --- Begin library step: ${stepName}.groovy ---
  2. Step end: --- End library step: ${stepName}.groovy ---
  3. Step errors:
--- An error occurred in the library step: ${stepName}
The following parameters were available to the step:
The error was:
Further information:
* Documentation of step ${stepName}: .../${stepName}/
* Pipeline documentation: https://...
* GitHub repository for pipeline steps: https://...