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Configuring Maven Triggers

The Triggers page of Build Configuration Settings allows you to add the following Maven-related triggers:

Checksum Based Triggering

The trigger checks if the content of the dependency has actually changed by verifying its checksum from the repository against the locally stored version. Before triggering a build, TeamCity tries to determine the checksum of the required dependency by downloading the file digest (MD5/SHA-1) associated with that artifact.

If the checksum can be retrieved, and it matches a locally stored one, no build is triggered. If the checksum is different, a build is triggered.

If the checksum cannot be retrieved from the remote server, the dependency will be downloaded, TeamCity will calculate its checksum and follow the build triggering mechanism described above.

Maven Snapshot Dependency Trigger

Maven snapshot dependency trigger adds a new build to the queue when there is a real modification of the snapshot dependency content in the remote repository which is detected by the checksum change.

Dependency artifacts are resolved according to the POM and the server-side Maven Settings.

Maven Artifact Dependency Trigger

Maven artifact dependency trigger adds build to the queue when there is a real modification of the dependency content which is detected by the checksum change.

To add a trigger, specify the following parameters in the Add New Trigger dialog:



Group ID

Specify an identifier of a group the desired Maven artifact belongs to.

Artifact ID

Specify the artifact's identifier.

Version or Version range

Specify a version or version range of the artifact. The version range syntax is described in the section below. SNAPSHOT versions can also be used.


Define explicitly the type of the specified artifact. By default, the type is jar.


(Optional) Specify the classifier of an artifact.

Maven repository URL

Specify a URL to the Maven repository. Note that this parameter is optional. If the URL is not specified, then:

  • For a Maven project, the repository URL is determined from the POM and the server-side Maven Settings.

  • For a non-Maven project, the repository URL is determined from the server-side Maven Settings only.

Do not trigger a build if currently running builds can produce this artifact

Select this option to trigger a build only after the build that produces artifacts used here is finished.

Advanced Options



Repository ID

Allows using authorization from the effective Maven settings

User settings selection

Allows selecting effective settings. The same as User Settings of the Maven runner.

TeamCity determines the effective repository to be checked for the artifact updates and to trigger builds if changes are detected as follows:

  • if a URL and Repository ID are set, authentication will be chosen from the effective settings (see below)

  • if only a URL is set, the old behavior is preserved: a temporary repository ID is used (_tc_temp_remote_repo)

  • if URL is not set (regardless of the Repository ID), the artifact will be looked up in a repository available according to the effective settings.

TeamCity determines effective settings as follows:

  • in the trigger settings a user can choose among the default, custom or uploaded Maven settings. See Maven Server-Side Settings for details.

  • if no specific settings are configured for the trigger, Maven build step settings are used

  • if no settings for the trigger are configured and there are no Maven build steps, the default server Maven settings will be used.

Version Ranges

For specifying version ranges use the following syntax, as proposed in the Maven documentation.

Note that Maven Artifact Dependency Trigger can be used not only for fixed-version artifacts but also for snapshots as a fine-grained alternative to the Maven Snapshots Dependency Trigger.




x <= 1.0


"Soft" requirement on 1.0 (just a recommendation — helps select the correct version if it matches all ranges)


Hard requirement on 1.0


1.2 <= x <= 1.3


1.0 <= x < 2.0


x >= 1.5


x <= 1.0 or x >= 1.2. Multiple sets are comma-separated


This excludes 1.1, if it is known not to work in combination with this library


The trigger will check the latest snapshot version for updates

Triggered Build Customization

The Build Customization tab of a trigger's settings allows configuring custom parameters of builds started by this trigger. Similarly to the Run Custom Build dialog, it lets you override values of build parameters and choose if the checkout directory should be cleaned before the build.

On this tab, you can customize the value of any parameter used in the current build configuration. Or, you can add a new parameter, and it will be available only in builds started by this trigger. If the current build has snapshot dependencies on other builds, such a parameter can also be used to override a certain property of a dependency build configuration: use the reverse.dep.<dependencyBuildID>.<property> syntax for this.

Note that if you redefine a build parameter inside a trigger and then delete the original parameter in Parameters, its redefined value will be converted to the trigger's own plain-text parameter. This is crucial to consider when customizing secure values, as they are only concealed if stored with the "Password" type and will become readable if converted to plain text.

TeamCity allows solving similar tasks in multiple ways, and in some cases it is still preferable to create different build configurations. For example, if there are too many custom runs in the same configuration, it might be harder for TeamCity to predict the exact duration of each build. If you need to trigger builds with numerous different parameters, we suggest that you create a build configuration template and use it as a blueprint for several configurations, each with its own parameters.

Last modified: 15 February 2022