Copy Artifact Plugin

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Plugin ID copyartifact Changes In Latest Release
Since Latest Release
Latest Release
Latest Release Date
Required Core
1.37 (archives)
Oct 31, 2015
matrix-project (version:1.3)
maven-plugin (version:2.7.1, optional)
Source Code
Issue Tracking
Pull Requests
Open Issues
Pull Requests
n/a (id: ikedam)
Usage Installations 2014-Nov 15986
2014-Dec 16085
2015-Jan 16966
2015-Feb 17519
2015-Mar 18630
2015-Apr 19023
2015-May 19238
2015-Jun 20122
2015-Jul 20810
2015-Aug 21006
2015-Sep 21804
2015-Oct 22386

Adds a build step to copy artifacts from another project. The plugin lets you specify which build to copy artifacts from (e.g. the last successful/stable build, by build number, or by a build parameter). You can also control the copying process by filtering the files being copied, specifying a destination directory within the target project, etc. Click the help icon on each field to learn the details, such as selecting Maven or multiconfiguration projects or using build parameters. You can also copy from the workspace of the latest completed build of the source project, instead of its artifacts. All artifacts copied are automatically fingerprinted for you.

Configuration Notes

  • When using this plugin with a Windows slave node that is configured as a Windows service, the service should have permission to interact with desktop (select "Allow service to interact with desktop" from Jenkins Slave service properties). Otherwise you may see errors similar to this:
    ERROR: Failed to copy artifacts from ...
    hudson.util.IOException2: java.lang.IllegalAccessError: class hudson.remoting.Pipe$ConnectCommand cannot
      access its superclass hudson.remoting.Command
    at hudson.FilePath.copyRecursiveTo(
    at hudson.FilePath.copyRecursiveTo(
    at hudson.plugins.copyartifact.FilePathCopyMethod.copyAll(

Permissions to copy artifact

When you face a following message and fail to copy artifacts, this may be caused by permission to the project with artifacts. Please read this section once.

Unable to find project for artifact copy: YOUR_PROJECT_WITH_ARTIFACTS
This may be due to incorrect project name or permission settings; see help for project name in job configuration.
Build step 'Copy artifacts from another project' marked build as failure

Specifying project statically (without variables)

  • This case:
  • In this case, you can copy artifacts if you have permission to read the project to copy from at configuration time.

Specifying project dynamically (with variables)

  • Those cases:

  • If your Jenkins is secured, it fails to copy artifacts without a proper configuration.
  • You need to allow projects copy artifacts in one of following ways:

Allow read from anonymous

  • Copyartifact plugin treats builds running as an anonymous.
  • Copying artifacts is allowed if the project with artifacts is readable from anonymous.
  • When you use Matrix-based security for authorization, it can be done as following in Manage Jenkins > Global Security Configuration:
  • When you use Project-based Matrix Authorization Strategy for authorization, it can be done as following in the configuration page of the project to copy artifacts from:

Specify projects who can copy artifacts

  • Available since Copyartifact 1.30
  • In the project configuration pages, you can specify projects to allow copy artifacts from that project:
  • You can specify multiple projects with separating with commas.
  • You can use wildcard character ('*') to specify name patterns.
Since Copyartifact 1.30, there is a limitation "Permission to Copy Artifacts" accepts only relative project names.
If you use CloudBees Folders Plugin and the projects are located in different folders, you need to specify project names like "../folder/project".
This is fixed in Copyartifact 1.31.

Authorize builds as a user

  • Available since Jenkins 1.532
    • To be exact, the feature of Jenkins to authorize builds are available since 1.520, but who cares such details?
  • Authorize Project plugin enables you to run builds of a project as a specific user.
    • Copyartifact plugin treats builds running as an anonymous without authorization configurations.
  • You can resolve permission problems by running builds as a user with read permission to the project with artifacts

Change Log

Version 1.37 (Oct 4, 2015)
  • Added an option to 'Upstream build that triggered this job' to allow upstream dependencies (#73).
Version 1.36.1 (Nov 4, 2015)
  • Fixed problems with "Specified by a build parameter" (JENKINS-30357)
    • Fixed NPE when specified undefined variables.
    • Supports used in workflow jobs.
    • Also supports immediate value specification for used in workflow jobs (${SELECTOR} in workflow jobs).
    • Also supports variable expression (${SELECTOR} in non-workflow jobs).
Version 1.36 (Sep 6, 2015)
  • Introduced a field to specifi the suffix of the variable to store the build number. (JENKINS-18938, JENKINS-29812)
    • Added "Result variable suffix" in the "advanced" section.
    • It allows you to store the build number to the variable named "COPYARTIFACT_BUILD_NUMBER_(specified name)"
    • Copyartifact behaves as before (creates the suffix from the source project name) if you don't specified it. You don't need to reconfigure existing configurations.
Version 1.35.2 (Jul 4, 2015)
Version 1.35.1 (May 10, 2015)
Version 1.35 (Mar 1, 2015)
Version 1.34 (Jan 25, 2015)
Version 1.33 (Jan 17, 2015)
  • Added a new build selector "last completed build" (JENKINS-16476)
Version 1.32.1 (Oct 20, 2014)
  • Fixed NPE when used in promotions (Promoted Builds plugin) (JENKINS-25155).
Version 1.32 (Oct 12, 2014)
  • Added a new build selector "Downstream build of" (JENKINS-24626)
  • Fixed NPE on TriggeredBuildSelector when the upstream is removed. (JENKINS-18804)
  • Fixed COPYARTIFACT_BUILD_NUMBER_XXX not declared in some cases
  • TriggeredBuildSelector is now applicable also for maven module builds (JENKINS-14653)
Version 1.31 (Jul 21, 2014)
  • Supports absolute paths in CopyArtifactPermissionProperty. (JENKINS-22038)
  • Fixed input validation problem when used with Cloudbees Template and Cloudbees Folders plugin (JENKINS-22828)
  • Fixed: Promotion permalinks not offered when job name is parameterized (JENKINS-22590)
  • Fixed: Name of COPYARTIFACT_BUILD_NUMER_ variable is incorrectly documented (JENKINS-15764)
  • Fixed: Project source of a multi-config project inside a folder not working (JENKINS-20940)
  • Added a parameter to specify whether to copy from the newest upstream or the oldest one when triggered by multiple upstreams. (JENKINS-11655)
  • Fixed: Copying from workspace drops files matching Ant's default excludes (JENKINS-14900)
    • *Specify explicitly files matching Ant's default excludes with "Artifacts not to copy" if you need to exclude them.
  • Added exclude filter. (JENKINS-18662)
  • Fixed inproper help texts of filter. Copyartifact doesn't fail even specified files don't really exist. (JENKINS-23444)
Version 1.30 (Feb 16, 2014)
  • Added license information (MIT).
  • Fixed ClassNotFound when maven plugin not installed (JENKINS-15977)
  • Allow to specify named builds in Specific Build Selector (JENKINS-19693)
  • Job Property to define projects that can copy artifacts (JENKINS-20398)
  • Fixed startup failure without maven-plugin (JENKINS-21274)
Version 1.29 (Jan 29, 2014)
  • Support (mostly) absolute path for job name
    i.e. job name can be fully qualified but not start with "/"
    required for backward compatibility (JENKINS-19833)
  • The authorization of builds are considered (when used with QueueItemAuthenticator). QueueItemAuthenticator is available from Jenkins 1.520. (JENKINS-14999)
  • Make fingerprinting artifacts optional. By default the old behavior is preserved. (JENKINS-12134 and this serves as a workaround for JENKINS-17606).
Version 1.28 (Sep 23, 2013)
  • Supports ItemGroup (Cloudbees folders)
  • Added diagnostics log messages when using SpecificBuildSelector (related to JENKINS-18220)
  • Migrates configuration when upgraded from version 1.25 or earlier. (JENKINS-17680)
Version 1.27 (May 01, 2013)
  • NPE renaming job after 1.26 format change. (JENKINS-17447)
  • Optional Copy Artifact build step fails if no specific build's build number is given. (JENKINS-14266)
Version 1.26 (Mar 25, 2013)
  • Split filtering by build parameters into a separate configuration field, solving a security problem related to job configuration and upstream builds. Existing job configuration using this plugin will be rewritten if you run at least one build after the upgrade; if you immediately open the configuration page you will need to manually restore the upstream project field. (JENKINS-13222)
  • Gets artifacts from jobs higher in the upstream chain. (pull request #18)
Version 1.25 (Nov 06, 2012)
Version 1.24 (Oct 03, 2012)
  • Continued fix for the case of a Windows slave with Unix master. (JENKINS-13515)
Version 1.23 (Sep 21, 2012)
  • Failure on some Windows machines introduced in 1.22. (JENKINS-13515)
Version 1.22 (Apr 16, 2012)
  • Hierarchical project support.
Version 1.21 (Jan 12, 2012)
  • Revisited JENKINS-12134 implementation to hide the computation overhead to the actual copy operation.
Version 1.20 (Dec 16, 2011)
Version 1.19 (Nov 28, 2011)
  • Using "Upstream build which triggered" with "Last successfull" fallback uses last build as fallback and not last successful. (JENKINS-11828)
  • Improve a misleading error message. (JENKINS-10762)
  • Added hyperlinks to console output
  • Added german translation
Version 1.18 (Jul 24, 2011)
  • Copy only artifacts run for a particular matrix build (not those inherited from previous builds) in Jenkins 1.413+. (JENKINS-10214)
Version 1.17 (Jul 24, 2011)
  • Add support for multiconfiguration(matrix) projects with upstream build selector. (JENKINS-9729)
  • Add an option for upstream build selector to use last successful build when job is not triggered by upstream job. (JENKINS-10225)
  • Partial fix for JENKINS-9741 to preserve permissions on the copied artifacts when using the "flatten" option.
Version 1.16 (Apr 17, 2011)
  • Add build selector to select the upstream build that triggered this job. (JENKINS-8999)
  • Avoid NullPointerException triggered by Build Pipeline Plugin. (JENKINS-9359)
  • Allow filters in project name field to match all build variables, not just parameters. (JENKINS-9327)
    Compatibility Note: More variables are now matched, but values for boolean parameters must now be specified as true and false (previously yes/no, on/off and 1/0 were also accepted).
  • Make text field for project name wider. (JENKINS-9373)
  • Investigated permissions problem with using parameters to select a particular matrix configuration or maven module; this is fixed in Jenkins core 1.406. (JENKINS-9293)
Version 1.15 (Apr 11, 2011)
  • Add note in "project not found" console message that error may be due to permission settings as well as invalid name.
  • Removed workaround code for JENKINS-5977 now that minimum required Jenkins version for this plugin has that issue fixed.
  • Updates for Jenkins
Version 1.14 (Feb 24, 2011)
  • Rerelease 1.13 to properly set required Jenkins version.
Version 1.13 (Feb 10, 2011)
  • Prevent access to artifacts of private jobs. (JENKINS-8727)
    • For a fixed project name, check at save-config time and disallow use of jobs the current user cannot see.
    • For parameterized names, check at build time that the source job is accessible to all authenticated users.
  • Record build number of selected build into environment for later build steps to reference. More detail in help text for build selector. (JENKINS-8722)
  • Add support for filtering on build parameters, such as "latest stable build with parameter FOO=bar". More detail in help text for project name. (JENKINS-8657)
Version 1.12 (Jan 30, 2011)
  • Restore ability to copy artifacts from a maven project that were archived with a post-build step (instead of maven automatic archiving). (JENKINS-7752)
Version 1.11 (Nov 7, 2010)
  • Copy artifacts from all modules/configurations when a maven/matrix project is selected. (JENKINS-7752)
  • Add extension point for how files are copied from source to target, allowing other plugins to override default implementation using Jenkins' FilePath class. (JENKINS-7753)
  • Add note about limitation in copy-from-workspace feature. (JENKINS-7751)
Version 1.10 (Oct 10, 2010)
  • Add option to copy from workspace of latest completed build. (JENKINS-7130)
    Note: source and target jobs cannot both run on slave nodes; at least one must be on the master node.
  • Strip newlines in XML form of build selector parameters, to avoid breaking ant execution on windows. (JENKINS-7680)
Version 1.9 (Sep 28, 2010)
  • Now supports selecting a build based on its permalink, which allows this plugin to work nicely with the promoted builds plugin.
Version 1.8 (Jul 18, 2010)
  • Add parameter expansion in selecting a specific build number. (JENKINS-6972)
Version 1.7 (May 12, 2010)
  • Add support for using a build parameter to specify the BuildSelector used for copying artifacts.
Version 1.6 (May 8, 2010)
  • Make build environment available to BuildSelectors.
Version 1.5 (May 5, 2010)
  • Add Japanese localization.
Version 1.3 (May 2, 2010)
  • Add option to flatten directories when copying, so all artifacts from source project are copied directly into target directory. (JENKINS-6345)
  • Add option to make the copy optional, so build doesn't fail if build, workspace, or matching artifact is not found. This release changes the default behavior when build is found but no artifacts were copied (now a build failure, previously just reported "0 files copied").
  • Add some help text about copying artifacts from Maven modules. (JENKINS-6355)
Version 1.2 (Apr 17, 2010)
  • Add parameter expansion in name of project to copy from and add some help text about copying from matrix jobs. (JENKINS-6242)
  • Add extension point for how to select which build to copy artifacts from. Includes selectors for latest successful/stable build or latest saved ("keep forever") build.
    Other plugins known to implement this extension: Promoted Builds Simple Plugin
Version 1.1 (Mar 18, 2010)
Version 1.0 (Mar 7, 2010)
  • Initial release.


To report a bug or request an enhancement to this plugin please create a ticket in JIRA.

JIRA Issues (53 issues)
Type Priority Key Summary
Bug Major JENKINS-31563 Latest successful artifact cannot be copied from Maven build
Improvement Minor JENKINS-31537 Copy Artifact from Promoted Matrix Configuration
Improvement Minor JENKINS-31247 Copyartifact: more integration with workflow
New Feature Minor JENKINS-30428 Would like to use CopyArtifact to drive other actions
Improvement Major JENKINS-30027 Ability to unzip artifacts
Bug Major JENKINS-28247 Can bypass permission check of CopyArtifact with WorkflowJob
Improvement Major JENKINS-28206 Build selector "Downstream build of" should be usable as parameter or source filter
Improvement Minor JENKINS-28184 Copy artifacts from all "Downstream build of"
Improvement Minor JENKINS-28109 Local artifact cache on slaves
New Feature Minor JENKINS-26803 Copy artifacts from a different master
New Feature Minor JENKINS-26802 Copying artifacts from many projects
Improvement Minor JENKINS-26741 Copy Artifact plugin should allow for not failling build as an option
Improvement Minor JENKINS-26697 Log message to console to indicate copying has started
New Feature Major JENKINS-24892 Copyartifact 2.0
New Feature Minor JENKINS-24891 Remove FilePathCopyMethod from copyartifact
New Feature Major JENKINS-24890 BuildFilter-based configuration for Copyartifact
Improvement Major JENKINS-24889 Copyartifact should output more verbose messages
Improvement Major JENKINS-24888 Complete runtime permission check of Copyartifact
New Feature Major JENKINS-24886 Copyartifact Fallback Build Selector
New Feature Major JENKINS-24152 New Build trigger that fires when builds of projects to copy from finished
Bug Major JENKINS-24084 Slave file leak build is interrupted during Copy Artifacts build step
Improvement Major JENKINS-23976 CopyArtifact plugin does not like incorrect build selector.
Bug Major JENKINS-23475 Can bypass permission check of CopyArtifact with WebAPI/CLI
New Feature Major JENKINS-22637 "Copy Artifacts Plugin" should support ArtifactManager
New Feature Minor JENKINS-22480 option to check file checksums after copying artfacts
Bug Major JENKINS-22460 Support artifacts permission
Improvement Major JENKINS-20814 Copy only the changes to (sync) the artifacts
Improvement Minor JENKINS-20680 Remote triggering "Copy Artifact" build selector requires weird syntax
New Feature Minor JENKINS-20508 Select a build via SVN revision
Improvement Major JENKINS-20451 Add Copy Artefacts info to the xml Rest API
Improvement Major JENKINS-20370 CopyArtifact - get last artifact from self
Bug Major JENKINS-19057 ProjectName with variables in CopyArtifact < 1.26 is improperly upgraded.
New Feature Major JENKINS-17570 not copying artfacts from another job using specifc build number passed by environment variable.
Improvement Minor JENKINS-17538 When artifact is copied, add an Action to track the build this artifact has been copied for
Improvement Major JENKINS-17494 Copy Artifact fails when trying to copy artifact stored by ArtifactDeployer
Bug Minor JENKINS-16987 Path of fingerprinted files not saved by CopyArtifacts
New Feature Major JENKINS-16847 Support for copying artifacts from other builds being part of the same MultiJob (previous phases)
New Feature Major JENKINS-16405 suppert basedir, The basedir configuration is similar to the ArtifactDeployer plug-in provides
Bug Major JENKINS-16139 Copy Artifacts of specific build number fails if build is triggered by upstream project.
New Feature Major JENKINS-16108 Option to use "last unstable" as fallback for "Upstream build which trigger" instead of only "last successful"
Bug Critical JENKINS-16019 Copy Artifact Plugin isn't copying the "last successful" correctly
Improvement Major JENKINS-13488 Copy Artifacts plugin's "Optional" not working
New Feature Major JENKINS-13388 Add option to delete existing artifacts before copy
Improvement Minor JENKINS-12974 Use hard links if possible, for local copies
Improvement Major JENKINS-12379 Archive the artifacts should allow specifying the target artifacts path
Improvement Critical JENKINS-12064 Disable copy artifact for modules
Improvement Minor JENKINS-11629 Request ability to list project builds by description in dropdown.
Improvement Major JENKINS-11336 Copy artifacts task should should give more info in console before performing the action
Improvement Major JENKINS-11133 Copy artifacts from specific matrix configuration does not check stability of entire matrix
New Feature Minor JENKINS-10861 Copy artifacts from downstream job run via synchronous Trigger Build step
New Feature Minor JENKINS-9709 Feature to copy artifact from different upstream projects
New Feature Major JENKINS-9622 Add build selector to parameterized trigger
Improvement Major JENKINS-9593 Copy artifact fails when slave is offline


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