Create a Jython Script task

A Jython Script task contains a Jython script that is executed on the Release server. This is an automated task that completes when the script finishes successfully.

The inline script editor is used to enter script. Type or paste a Jython script into the Script field of the Jython script task details. To enlarge the script editor, click enlarge editor. Pressing this button again will minimize the editor.

Jython Script Task Details

Release supports Jython 2.7. Jython is the Java implementation of Python. This means that you have access to standard Python as well as the Java libraries included in Java 8.

Note: The output of the Jython Script task is in markdown format. For more information, refer to Using Markdown in Release.

You can access and modify release variables in your scripts using the dictionary named releaseVariables. This sample script shows how to access and modify a variable:

releaseVariables['xldeployPackage'] = 'Release'

In a similar way, you can modify global variables using the dictionary named globalVariables.

If you want to update global variables, the Run automated tasks as user variable must be set to a user that has the Edit global variables permission.

To set this variable:

  1. In the top navigation bar, click Releases.
  2. Click a release.
  3. In the Show dropdown, click properties.
  4. In the Run automated tasks as user field, set a user.
  5. Click Save.

In the release flow editor, Jython Script tasks have a gray border.

See the Variable Interpolation section below for more information on variable interpolation.

Security and Jython Script tasks

When a Jython Script task becomes active, the script is executed in a sandbox environment on the Release server. This means that the script has very restricted permissions. By default, access to the file system, network, and non API related classes is not allowed.

To remove these restrictions, add a script.policy file to the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf directory. This is a standard Java Security Policy file that contains the permissions that a script should have.

To enable the use of additional Java packages or classes in the script, use the following Release specific RuntimePermission:

    permission "*";
    permission "";

To allow the use of a restricted built-in Jython module in the script, please remove the module from the list of restricted modules in the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/xl-release.conf file: = ["importlib", "imp", "tempfile", "linecache", "shutil", "os",
                                                              "getpass", "platform", "threading", "thread", "subprocess", "webbrowser", "cmd",
                                                              "pdb", "bdb", "gc", "user", "code", "codeop", "zipimport", "pkgutil", "modulefinder",
                                                              "runpy", "distutils", "compiler", "posix", "pwd", "grp", "posixfile", "commands"]

Note: Although we do not advise doing so, it is possible to disable the sandbox environment of the script task by updating the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/xl-release.conf file: = false

By default, all password properties for release, phase, and task are encrypted in script task context. It is possible to get decrypted password properties by updating the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/xl-release.conf file: = true

This is a deprecated feature and it will be removed in future releases.

As a part of security improvement, release will now restrict users to pass encrypted values for any create or update operation.

From Release 9.7.7, you can fall back to previous behaviour by updating the script task in the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/xl-release.conf with the following config:

xl {
  security {
    accept-encrypted-secrets {
      enabled = false

You must restart the Release server after creating or changing the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/script.policy or the XL_RELEASE_SERVER_HOME/conf/xl-release.conf file.

Using Jython datetime in scripts

Sometimes it is desirable to write Java code while writing Jython scripts.

However if you try using Jython datetime in the following way:

import datetime
currentDT = # here this will be converted to java.sql.Timestamp

the printed result will be incorrect.

You can overcome this problem by calling Jython datetime directly like this:

import datetime

The Jython will sometimes convert Jython instances that are assigned to a variable to Java, and because you can’t know what kind of Java instance it will be, it is better to use Java in this case when you are dealing with Jython datetime.

from java.text import SimpleDateFormat
from java.util import Date

date = Date()
sdf = SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss")

Sample scripts

This sample script shows how to download a file from a web site and save it locally:

import httplib
url = ''
file = '/tmp/xebialabs.html'
xl = httplib.HTTPConnection(url)
xl.request('GET', '/')
response = xl.getresponse()
myFile = open(file, 'w')
print "Save %s to %s" % (url, file)

This example grants access to the network using Python httplib and read/write access to the /tmp directory on the Release server:

grant {
    // Network access
    permission  java.lang.RuntimePermission "";
    permission "*", "connect, resolve";

    // File access
    permission "/tmp/*", "read, write";
    permission java.util.PropertyPermission "line.separator", "read";

Variable Interpolation

You can insert release, folder, or global variables directly into the script using the standard ${variable_name} syntax. However, users should exercise caution when interpolating variables because of the potential for insecurities and code injections, and it is not a recommended practice. This capability will be removed in a future update.

Variable interpolation replaces the ${variable_name} text in the script with the variable value “as is”, without any escaping. This means that it will definitely fail if your variable value contains double quotes or new lines and if your Jython code looks like this:

x = "${myvariable}"

You can still work around this issue using triple quotes, but only in the case that your variable itself does not contain triple quotes, for example:

x = """${myvariable}"""

If you wish to use this feature, it is strongly recommended to avoid such characters as quotes, parentheses, and so on in the body of your variable. It is much preferred to use the releaseVariables['variable_name'] syntax as mentioned above.

Reserved variables

Script execution environment defines and uses set of variables, which you should consider as reserved variables and do not assign in your scripts.

DANGER: assigning to any of these variables may result in unpredictable behavior of your script.

  • any variables starting with underscore, please avoid using variables starting with underscore
  • release
  • phase
  • task
  • globalVariables
  • folderVariables
  • releaseVariables
  • API helper objects, functions and classes listed here