- Create job artifacts
- Download job artifacts
- View failed job artifacts
- Delete job artifacts
- Expose job artifacts in the merge request UI
- Retrieve job artifacts for other projects
- How searching for job artifacts works
- Access the latest job artifacts by URL
- When job artifacts are deleted
- Troubleshooting job artifacts
Jobs can output an archive of files and directories. This output is known as a job artifact.
You can download job artifacts by using the GitLab UI or the API.
For administrator information about job artifact storage, see administering job artifacts.
To create job artifacts, use the
artifacts keyword in your
pdf: script: xelatex mycv.tex artifacts: paths: - mycv.pdf expire_in: 1 week
In this example, a job named
xelatex command to build a PDF file from the
LaTeX source file,
paths keyword determines which files to add to the job artifacts.
All paths to files and directories are relative to the repository where the job was created.
If you run two types of pipelines (like branch and scheduled) for the same ref, the pipeline that finishes later creates the job artifact.
To disable artifact passing, define the job with empty dependencies:
job: stage: build script: make build dependencies: 
You may want to create artifacts only for tagged releases to avoid filling the
build server storage with temporary build artifacts. For example, use
to create artifacts only for tags:
default-job: script: - mvn test -U rules: - if: $CI_COMMIT_BRANCH release-job: script: - mvn package -U artifacts: paths: - target/*.war rules: - if: $CI_COMMIT_TAG
You can use wildcards for directories too. For example, if you want to get all the
files inside the directories that end with
job: artifacts: paths: - path/*xyz/*
You can use CI/CD variables to dynamically define the artifacts file’s name.
For example, to create an archive with a name of the current job:
job: artifacts: name: "$CI_JOB_NAME" paths: - binaries/
To create an archive with a name of the current branch or tag including only the binaries directory:
job: artifacts: name: "$CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME" paths: - binaries/
If your branch-name contains forward slashes
feature/my-feature) it’s advised to use
$CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME for proper naming of the artifact.
To create an archive with a name of the current job and the current branch or tag including only the binaries directory:
job: artifacts: name: "$CI_JOB_NAME-$CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME" paths: - binaries/
To create an archive with a name of the current stage and branch name:
job: artifacts: name: "$CI_JOB_STAGE-$CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME" paths: - binaries/
If you use Windows Batch to run your shell scripts you must replace
job: artifacts: name: "%CI_JOB_STAGE%-%CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME%" paths: - binaries/
If you use Windows PowerShell to run your shell scripts you must replace
job: artifacts: name: "$env:CI_JOB_STAGE-$env:CI_COMMIT_REF_NAME" paths: - binaries/
artifacts:exclude to prevent files from
being added to an artifacts archive.
For example, to store all files in
binaries/, but not
*.o files located in
artifacts: paths: - binaries/ exclude: - binaries/**/*.o
exclude paths are not recursive.
To exclude all of the contents of a directory, match them explicitly rather
than matching the directory itself.
For example, to store all files in
binaries/ but nothing located in the
artifacts: paths: - binaries/ exclude: - binaries/temp/**/*
Save all Git untracked files and files in
artifacts: untracked: true paths: - binaries/
Save all untracked files but exclude
artifacts: untracked: true exclude: - "*.txt"
You can download job artifacts or view the job archive:
On the Pipelines page, to the right of the pipeline:
On the Jobs page, to the right of the job:
On a job’s detail page. The Keep button indicates an
expire_invalue was set:
On a merge request, by the pipeline details:
When browsing an archive:
If GitLab Pages is enabled in the project, you can preview HTML files in the artifacts directly in your browser. If the project is internal or private, you must enable GitLab Pages access control to preview HTML files.
If the latest job has failed to upload the artifacts, you can see that information in the UI.
You can delete a single job, which also removes the job’s artifacts and log. You must be:
- The owner of the job.
- A maintainer of the project.
To delete a job:
- Go to a job’s detail page.
- On the top right of the job’s log, select Erase job log ().
- On the confirmation dialog, select OK.
For example, to match a single file:
test: script: ["echo 'test' > file.txt"] artifacts: expose_as: 'artifact 1' paths: ['file.txt']
With this configuration, GitLab adds a link artifact 1 to the relevant merge request
that points to
file.txt. To access the link, select View exposed artifact
below the pipeline graph in the merge request overview.
An example that matches an entire directory:
test: script: ["mkdir test && echo 'test' > test/file.txt"] artifacts: expose_as: 'artifact 1' paths: ['test/']
To retrieve a job artifact from a different project, you might need to use a private token to authenticate and download the artifact.
In GitLab 13.5 and later, artifacts for parent and child pipelines are searched in hierarchical order from parent to child. For example, if both parent and child pipelines have a job with the same name, the job artifact from the parent pipeline is returned.
You can download job artifacts from the latest successful pipeline by using a URL.
To download the whole artifacts archive:
To download a single file from the artifacts:
For example, to download the latest artifacts of the job named
main branch of the
gitlab project in the
To download the file
review/index.html from the same artifacts:
To browse the latest job artifacts:
To download specific files, including HTML files that are shown in GitLab Pages:
For example, when a job
coverage creates the artifact
expire_in documentation for information on when
job artifacts are deleted.
Keeping the latest artifacts can use a large amount of storage space in projects with a lot of jobs or large artifacts. If the latest artifacts are not needed in a project, you can disable this behavior to save space:
- On the top bar, select Menu > Projects and find your project.
- On the left sidebar, select Settings > CI/CD.
- Expand Artifacts.
- Clear the Keep artifacts from most recent successful jobs checkbox.
You can disable this behavior for all projects on a self-managed instance in the instance’s CI/CD settings.
When you disable the feature, the latest artifacts do not immediately expire. A new pipeline must run before the latest artifacts can expire and be deleted.
This message is often preceded by other errors or warnings that specify the filename and why it wasn’t generated. Check the job log for these messages.
If you find no helpful messages, retry the failed job after activating CI/CD debug logging. This logging should provide information to help you investigate further.