AWS CodeBuild
User Guide (API Version 2016-10-06)

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Environment Variables in Build Environments

AWS CodeBuild provides several environment variables that you can use in your build commands:

  • AWS_DEFAULT_REGION: The AWS Region where the build is running (for example, us-east-1). This environment variable is used primarily by the AWS CLI.

  • AWS_REGION: The AWS Region where the build is running (for example, us-east-1). This environment variable is used primarily by the AWS SDKs.

  • CODEBUILD_BUILD_ARN: The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the build (for example, arn:aws:codebuild:region-ID:account-ID:build/codebuild-demo-project:b1e6661e-e4f2-4156-9ab9-82a19EXAMPLE).

  • CODEBUILD_BUILD_ID: The AWS CodeBuild ID of the build (for example, codebuild-demo-project:b1e6661e-e4f2-4156-9ab9-82a19EXAMPLE).

  • CODEBUILD_BUILD_IMAGE: The AWS CodeBuild build image identifier (for example, aws/codebuild/java:openjdk-8).

  • CODEBUILD_BUILD_SUCCEEDING: Whether the current build is succeeding. Set to 0 if the build is failing, or 1 if the build is succeeding.

  • CODEBUILD_INITIATOR: The entity that started the build. If AWS CodePipeline started the build, this is the pipeline's name (for example, codepipeline/my-demo-pipeline). If an IAM user started the build, this is the user's name (for example, MyUserName). If the Jenkins plugin for AWS CodeBuild started the build, this is the string CodeBuild-Jenkins-Plugin.

  • CODEBUILD_KMS_KEY_ID: The identifier of the AWS KMS key that AWS CodeBuild is using to encrypt the build output artifact (for example, arn:aws:kms:region-ID:account-ID:key/key-ID or alias/key-alias).

  • CODEBUILD_LOG_PATH: The log stream name in CloudWatch Logs for the build.

  • CODEBUILD_RESOLVED_SOURCE_VERSION: An identifier for the version of a build's source code. Its format depends on the source code repository:

    • For AWS CodeCommit, GitHub, GitHub Enterprise, and Bitbucket, it is the commit ID. For these repositories, CODEBUILD_RESOLVED_SOURCE_VERSION is only available after the DOWNLOAD_SOURCE phase.

    • For AWS CodePipeline, it is the source revision is provided by AWS CodePipeline. For AWS CodePipeline, the CODEBUILD_RESOLVED_SOURCE_VERSION environment variable may not always be available.

    • For Amazon S3, this does not apply.

  • CODEBUILD_SOURCE_REPO_URL: The URL to the input artifact or source code repository. For Amazon S3, this is s3:// followed by the bucket name and path to the input artifact. For AWS CodeCommit and GitHub, this is the repository's clone URL. If a build originates from AWS CodePipeline, then this might be empty.

  • CODEBUILD_SOURCE_VERSION: The value's format depends on the source repository.

    • For Amazon S3,it is the version ID associated with the input artifact.

    • For AWS CodeCommit, it is the commit ID or branch name associated with the version of the source code to be built.

    • For GitHub, GitHub Enterprise, and Bitbucket it is the commit ID, branch name, or tag name associated with the version of the source code to be built.


      For a GitHub or GitHub Enterprise build that is triggered by a webhook pull request event, it is pr/pull-request-number.

  • CODEBUILD_SRC_DIR: The directory path that AWS CodeBuild uses for the build (for example, /tmp/src123456789/src).

  • CODEBUILD_START_TIME: The start time of the build.

  • CODEBUILD_WEBHOOK_TRIGGER: Shows the webhook event that triggered the build. This variable is available only for builds triggered by a webhook. The value is parsed from the payload sent to AWS CodeBuild by Github, Github Enterprise, or Bitbucket. The value's format depends on what type of event triggered the build.

    • For builds triggered by a pull request, it is pr/pull-request-number.

    • For builds triggered by creating a new branch or pushing a commit to a branch, it is branch/branch-name.

    • For builds triggered by a pushing a tag to a repository, it is tag/tag-name.

  • HOME: This environment variable is always set to /root.

You can also provide build environments with your own environment variables. For more information, see the following topics:

To list all of the available environment variables in a build environment, you can run the printenv command (for Linux-based build environment) or "Get-ChildItem Env:" (for Windows-based build environments) during a build. With the exception of those previously listed, environment variables that start with CODEBUILD_ are for AWS CodeBuild internal use. They should not be used in your build commands.


We strongly discourage the use of environment variables to store sensitive values, especially AWS access key IDs and secret access keys. Environment variables can be displayed in plain text using tools such as the AWS CodeBuild console and the AWS CLI.

We recommend you store semsitive values in the Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store and then retrieve them from your build spec. To store sensitive values, see Systems Manager Parameter Store and Systems Manager Parameter Store Console Walkthrough in the Amazon EC2 Systems Manager User Guide. To retrieve them, see the parameter-store mapping in Build Spec Syntax.