Pipeline Headers

What are Pipeline Headers?

Each pipeline can have optional headers defined. A pipeline header is similar to an HTTP header and defines a global “configuration item” for the overall execution of the pipeline. In the example below, you can see a pipeline with a header defined in the headers section:

headers: description: "This is the hello world pipeline" pipeline: - log: message: "The value of header 'description' is: #{headers.description}"

You can access the header values using the headers scope using the https://logabit.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/PA/pages/2543026496.

Headers Reference

It is possible to create custom headers, and there are some pre-defined headers. Below, you can find a reference for the pre-defined headers and their meanings.


It defines the version of the pipeline API to be used (for example: v2, v3). If not set, the latest version is used automatically.


It defines the authorization to be used for this pipeline. This has similar meaning as the HTTP Authorization header. The possible values are:

  • RunAs USERNAME: This executes the given pipeline as user with a given username. This requires a valid seed authentication or a call from a trusted service.

  • Bearer TOKEN: This uses the given (JWT) token for authentication.

  • Basic CREDENTIALS: This uses the given credentials for authentication.

In case no authentication header is set in current pipeline, the existing authentication from the HTTP header or from the backend will be used instead.


It is an optional description of this pipeline. The text may contain at max. 250 characters. This description is also used in logs and descriptions wherever possible.


Sometimes, it is necessary to change the default prefix #{ of an expression to a different value. For example, if this clashes with some other expression engines. Example:

expPrefix: "$"


In case this pipline contains command mocks using mock.command, this header can switch on / off all mocks at once using a value of true or false.


Also see https://logabit.atlassian.net/wiki/spaces/PA/pages/2544861215.

This is an optional value to define globally per pipeline what should happen if a single command in this pipeline has an error / exception. It is possible to define the short form or the long form of the header value, in order to specify additional parameters. Possible values are:

Short Value

Long Value


Short Value

Long Value



{"action": "IGNORE"}

Only the exception message (not the full stacktrace) is logged as warn, but no exception is thrown. So, next command in the pipeline will be executed.


{"action": "LOG"}

The full stacktrace of the exception is logged as an error, but no exception is thrown. So, next command in the pipeline will be executed.


{"action": "THROW"}

An exception is thrown, and the pipeline execution is stopped at this command. This is the default behavior in case this header doesnt exist or is empty.


{"action": "RETRY", "times": 3, "wait": 2, "then": "THROW"}

If command caused an error, the command is again executed whereas all parameters are optional: wait: the time to wait in seconds before the next retry starts (default = 3). times: the number of retries before giving up (default = 1). then: the action to do after the retry was not successfull (one of IGNORE, LOG, or THROW)(default = THROW).


{"action": "ROLLBACK", "pipeline": "uri:property:global/app/.../rollback"}

If command caused an error, the given pipeline is loaded and executed which contains the rollback logics. Note: This action is a preview. It is not part of the main branch, yet.


DEPRECATED Since version 7.0. Use the command iam.run.as or the pipeline header Authorization: RunAs USERNAME instead. A username of a user under which this pipeline must be executed as. It has the same functionality as the command iam.run.as.


This header is primarily to configure a pipeline which is auto-executed on import or install, but can be useful also in other cases. It defines a PE which evaluated on execution of the pipeline. If this expression returns true, the pipeline is executed. Otherwise, it is skipped and a info message is logged. Furthermore, a warning is returned to the caller that this pipeline was skipped. If the header is not set, the pipeline is always executed.

Here is an example to run the pipeline only when in test mode:
runWhen: "#{@instance.profiles().contains('test')}"

Or when a certain namespace is set:
runWhen: "#{@instance.namespace() == 'enterprise'}"


If this header is set to false, the pipeline and its commands are not trace logged on execution. The default is true.

DEPRECATED. Removed in versions >= 9.0. Use the distributed tracing feature instead or enabled logging for commands and pipelines in the admin settings.