What is Metadata?

Metadata is a structured key/value storage of relevant information about a build. It can be updated or retrieved throughout the build by using the built-in meta CLI in the steps.

Manipulating Metadata

Screwdriver provides the shell command meta get to extract information from the meta store and meta set to save information to the meta store.

Same pipeline

Screwdriver build can retrieve metadata set by itself or by previous builds within the same pipeline.

Example: build1 -> build2 -> build3

build2’s metadata will consist of metadata set by itself and build1

build3’s metadata will consist of metadata from build2 (which also includes metadata from build1)

$ meta set example.coverage 99.95
$ meta get example.coverage
$ meta get example


$ meta set foo[2].bar[1] baz
$ meta get foo


External pipeline

Screwdriver build can also access metadata from an external triggering job by adding the --external flag followed by the triggering job.

Example: sd@123:publish -> build1. Then inside build1:

$ meta get example --external sd@123:publish