This seems so trivial, I am almost shy to ask... Depending on certain conditions, which I am able to check by looking at Bamboo variables, I sometimes want to just stop the execution of a build and/or it's deploy. The possibility to conditionally execute steps seems very limited in Bamboo, and I am having trouble solving this. I found a workaround, which is running a script that exits with an error, like a powershell script simple as this

exit 1

But that obviously causes the build to appear as failed, which really isn't what I want. I just want to prevent a deploy in certain conditions.

Does anyone know an elegant way to accomplish a full stop in a Bamboo plan?

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    What about exit 0 ?
    – Tensibai
    Jun 1, 2018 at 14:00
  • @Tensibai - exit 0 will make Bamboo continue executing the following steps in the plan, since exit 0 basically means "I'm done and things went fine". I need it to stop executing.
    – Culme
    Jun 1, 2018 at 14:32
  • Misread it as stopping the script in middle vs stopping the plan. Not using bamboo so I can't tell.
    – Tensibai
    Jun 1, 2018 at 14:34
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    @kaizenCoder Thanks. But there are several task types that do not contain scripting, and in those task types - how would one introduce the conditional check?
    – Culme
    Jun 4, 2018 at 6:45
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    (On a side note: I did try to open an issue with Atlassian on this today. So I go to Bamboo forum, create feature request - system says feature requests need to be input from another system, I go to the other system, choose Bamboo as product, and the other system says I must use the Bamboo forum to submit a feature request.uuuhm. .... but.... I would love to start rambling about this, but hopefully the facts ramble by themselves.
    – Culme
    Dec 23, 2019 at 12:19

2 Answers 2


You can manually stop a build in progress. From Stopping an active build:

To stop an active plan build:

  1. Click Dashboard and then the All Plans tab.
  2. Click the 'Stop' icon next to the active plan you want to stop.

It also appears possible to stop the build/deploy programmatically, using the REST API, more specifically making a DELETE request to the appropriate url:

/queue/{projectKey}-{buildKey}-{buildNumber : ([0-9]+)}?stage&executeAllStages ... DELETE Stop build execution.

available response representations:

401 Returned when user does not have sufficient rights to view or execute build for specified plan

204 On success (success is also when build was already completed - so nothing to stop)

404 Returned when specified job does not exist


I know that is not the clean solution everybody looks for and is a nasty workaround, but what worked for me was to squash all my deployment logic into a single Script Task (shell script) and then put the necessary conditions there, such as:

if [ <put condition for terminate here> ] ; then 
   exit 0
<Continue with other execution logic>

In that way, you can exit with 0 (thus build shows as successful) , but of course that prevents you from reusing all of the out-of-the-box Bamboo Task types that are readily available and questions the benefits of using the bamboo framework as a wrapper.

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