How can I use the ##vso task.setvariable for dynamically setting up a variable based on the outcome of a task?

177    Asked by CharlesParr in Devops , Asked on Jan 18, 2024

 I am currently working on the task of management of the Azure DevOps pipeline. In it, I need to dynamically set a variable that should be based on the outcome of a particular task. How can I use the ##vso task.setvariable for this particular objective? 

Answered by Charles Parr

In the context of DevOps, you can use the ##vso task.setvariable for dynamically setting up a variable that should be based on the outcome or a specific task. Here is the example given of how you can do so:-


Task: SomeTask@version
  Inputs:
    # Task configuration
Script: |
    # Your script logic
    If [condition]; then
      Echo “##vso[task.setvariable variable=DynamicVariable]NewValue”

    Fi

    displayName: ‘Set Dynamic Variable’

Here are some considerations given which should be kept in mind during the above process:-

Variable scope

Ensure that the variable is set with the same job where it will be used.

Agent phase

Try to ensure that the tasks should be within the same agent phase as the respective steps that need to be accessed the variable.

Conditionals

You should utilize the conditionals for setting up a variable which should be based on some specific conditions so that you can get the desired outcomes.

Step dependencies

Keep in mind that a variable should be set before it is accessed in subsequent steps.

Here is the example given of how you can access the variable in subsequent steps:

Script: echo $(DynamicVariable)
  displayName: ‘Use Dynamic Variable’

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