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buildbucket module can be used to connect a Buildbot master to buildbucket.


Configuring a buildbot master is trivial:


class MyMaster(Master3):
    # ...
    service_account_file = 'service-account-<name>.json'
    buildbucket_bucket = '<your-bucket-name>'

Chromium masters use “service-account-chromium.json” and “service-account-chromium-tryserver.json” service accounts. For other projects, write to

buildbucket_bucket is a name of the bucket on buildbucket. Ping to get one set up.

How it works in the nutshell

Every ten seconds the Buildbot master peeks builds in the specified bucket until it reaches lease count limit. For each valid peeked build the master tries to lease it. If leased successfully, master schedules a build.

During build lifetime master reports build status back to buildbucket. When the build starts, master calls start API, and when build finishes, it calls succeed or fail APIs. For SKIPPED and RETRY builds the master does not notify buidbucket, so the lease expires soon and the build will be rescheduled.

Every minute buildbot sends heartbeats for currently held leases. If the master discovers that a build lease expired, it stops the build.

Build parameters

Buildbot-buildbucket integration supports the following build parameters:

  • builder_name (str): required name of a builder to trigger. If builder is not found, the build is skipped.
  • properties (dict): arbitrary build properties. Property ‘buildbucket’ is reserved.
  • changes (list of dict): list of changes to be associated with the build, used to create Buildbot changes for builds. Each change is a dict with keys:
    • id (str): a unique identity of the change. If id and revision are specified, buildbot master will search for an existing buildbot change prior creating a new one. Also see implementation details below.
    • revision (str): change revision, such as commit sha.
    • author (dict): author of the change. REQUIRED.
      • email (str): change author's email. REQUIRED.
    • create_ts (int): change creation timestamp, in microseconds since Epoch.
    • files (list of dict): list of changed files. Each file is a dict with keys:
      • path (str): file path relative to the repository root.
    • message (str): change description.
    • branch (str): change branch.
    • url (str): url to human-viewable change page.
    • project (str): name of project this change refers to.


Current implementation has the following limitations:

  • Only one buildbucket instance configuration per buildbot master is supported.
  • Build request merging is not supported. If build requests are merged, only one buildbucket build will be updated. Bug:

Implications of using buildbucket.

  • Scheduling code does not have to be hosted on buildbot.
  • trigger recipe module can trigger builds on different masters.
  • Multiple masters can be setup to poll the same buckets(s). This allows parallel build processing.

Implementation details

  • Buildbucket-specific information, such as build id and lease key, is stored in “buildbucket” property of Buidlbot entities.
  • When change id and revision are specified, buildbot master executes a database query to find all changes matching a revision, assuming revision is uniquish, and then searches in memory for change by id.
  • Current leases are stored in memory. On startup, buildbot master loads them from the database, which can be long if there is a lot of pending build requests (will not happen if only buildbucket is used).