Property—create new or edit existing property

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Use this pop-up window to create or modify a custom property attached to an object.

Enter information into the fields as follows:

Field Name Description


The property name can be an arbitrary text string, but unless you are an experienced CloudBees CD/RO user avoid using slashes and brackets as a part of the property name.

The names " properties " and " project " are not valid property names.


(Optional) Plain text or HTML description for this object. If using HTML, you must surround your text with <html> …​ </html> tags. Allowable HTML tags are <a>, <b>, <br>, <div>, <dl>, <font>, <i>, <li>, <ol>, <p>, <pre>, <span>, <style>, <table>, <tc>, <td>, <th>, <tr>, and <ul>.

For example, the following HTML:

<span style="font-family: Arial;">
  <i>Note:</i> For more information about the <b>abc</b> object, see
         <a href="">\</a>.

renders as follows:

<i>Note</i>: For more information about the <b>abc</b> object, see \


This value can be an arbitrary text string.


Do not select this check box if you do not want to allow property expansion.

Track Changes to Value

Uncheck to disable tracking of changes to this property value into the change history of modifications where the only change was to the value of this property. Unchecking it is useful where an automated process (such as a job step, pipeline stage, or workflow transition) makes numerous value-only changes.

Unchecking it is strongly recommended for properties that are used as build counters, most recent build or artifact names, or are used to store runtime output from jobs, pipelines, or workflows into a property attached to a change-tracked non-runtime entity. Otherwise, these will rapidly fill the change history with numerous irrelevant events.

This checkbox does not appear if change tracking is not enabled or is not tracking this property.

Unchecking this checkbox also modifies the behavior of the ectool export --revisionNumber revision_number option for exporting previous states of entities containing properties with this checkbox cleared. The current value of the property is exported, so that immediately reimporting it does not reset the property value.

See the KBEC-00422 - Locating and Fixing Properties with Excessive Unwanted Change History Generated by Automated Processes_ KB article for details about locating properties for which this should have been done (but was not) and thus have a large change history.

In an XML output <property> tag and in the ectool createProperty, modifyProperty, and setProperty commands, this option is named suppressChangeTracking, and its Boolean truth value is inverted.

Click OK to save your new or modified property information. For more information on creating and using properties, see the Properties Help topic.