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Insights Dashboard

What’s New

The new Insights dashboard offers engineering teams access to actionable data for optimizing pipelines and getting even more out of CircleCI. With this feature, engineering teams will be better able to understand bottlenecks and identify optimization opportunities. Teams will be able to track workflow & job status, monitor duration and understand their pipeline throughput & mean time to recovery. Finally, Insights will serve to highlight the impact of more efficient CI/CD and to foster a better relationship with customers and provide a better experience. For more information, see the Using Insights guide.

Automated Custom Plan

What’s New

The new Custom Plan will automatically track your usage, be able to provide real-time credit usage and balance information, and produce reports to accounting for invoicing. You will also be able to use user seats and be billed via credits for the usage.

Additional Triggers for PRs via API

What’s New

Pipelines can now be triggered via the API for PRs (using PR number instead of branch), PR merge commits, and Forked PRs. This enables you to more easily validate new code from PRs. Triggering on PRs and PR merge commits offers the ability to better validate PRs in a programmatic way. Triggering pipelines on forked PRs is valuable for customers who have open source repositories that are frequently forked.

What’s New

All Pipelines are now listed with the commit SHA in front of the commit message, which links directly to the commit in your VCS. This gives you a quick way to get to commits in your VCS from the Pipelines page.

Developer Hub

What’s New

We now offer a way for our user community to find all the best CI/CD config optimizations, migration guides/tools, and CircleCI docs, along with assets like CI configuration packages through CircleCI orbs and a newly designed Docker convenience image library, in one convenient place on our new developer hub. Check out the announcement here.

Multiple Contexts Per Workflow

What’s New

Multiple contexts can now be used in a Workflow. Previously, workflows were limited to having a single context. Instead of passing in a string to the context key in the config file, a list may be passed containing the contexts to be used in the workflow. This makes updates to contexts easier to manage and more secure.

Update to Credits Available on Plan Overview

What’s New

The ‘credits available’ section of the Plan Overview in the UI has been updated to clarify some confusion around understanding credit balance. The bar display has been removed and the credits balance is now clearly shown.

Workflows Map Improvements

What’s New

Workflow Map connection lines are now straight and do not overlap. When you hover-over of a job, all dependnecies from and to that job are highlighted.

Previous MacOS Trials No Longer Display as MacOS Plans in UI

What’s New

Fixed a bug that was causing previous macOS trials to show as $0 plans on the Plan Overview page. Old trials are no longer visible in the UI.

Improved Config Error when Config File is Empty

What’s New

The config error message shown when there is an empty config file on triggering a pipeline has been improved to both clearly state the problem, and provide a way to get back to project setup to add a config.

Share Plan Now Includes Premium Features

What’s New

Child orgs now get premium features, including resource class allowance and DLC, from the parent org when plans are shared.

Branch and Commit Combined on Pipelines Dashboard View

What’s New

The Branch and Commit message columns have been combined on the pipelines dashboard view of the new UI making the page easier to scan for the information you require.

Commit Message Now Available on New UI Jobs Page

What’s New

Commit messages are now displayed along with commit author on the Job page in the New UI.

Update Manual Activation CTA

What’s New

The button to manually add a config when starting a new project now reads “Use Existing Config”. Previously, this text read “Add Manually”. Through user research it was found that the new text directly encompasses many more use cases, including existing users with existing config ready to go.

Job Page Metadata Design Updates

What’s New

The metadata section at the top of the Job page has been reworked to better group related concepts and include new labelling. This redesign makes it more clear which link is for which feature, especially for those not familiar with icons for branch, commit, PR etc.

Pipelines Page Design Updates

What’s New

The Pipelines page has been redesigned to merge the Project and Pipeline number columns together and make the font smaller across the whole page. This change allows you to see more pipelines on the dashboard without scrolling.

Plan Overview and Usage UI Now Available to Non-Admins

What’s New

Non-admins can now see Plan Overview and Usage pages in the new UI.

Docker v19.03.12 Now Available for Remote Docker

What’s New

If you use Remote Docker in your Pipelines (setup_remote_docker) you now have the option of choosing Docker v19.03.12. For more information see the Discuss post. For usage information, and a full list of available versions see the Remote Docker Docs

Next-Gen Elixir Docker Convenience Image Now Available

What’s New

Next-gen Elixir docker image now available. For full details see the discuss post.

New Linux Machine Executor Image

What’s New

New Ubuntu 16.04-based machine executor image, ubuntu-1604:202007-01 now available. For full details see the discuss post. For usage information see the Configuration Reference.

Changes to Definition of Queued and Waiting in the New UI

What’s New

  • Waiting indicates the time spent preparing a job to run due to Docker image choice and CircleCI infrastructure time.
  • Queued indicates when you hit a concurrency plan limit, and your job isn’t running because other jobs in your organization are running first.

These two definitions were previously vice versa in the UI, which caused confusion due to discrepancies between usage in the UI and what most customers understood the terms to mean. We hope this change will avoid any confusion in future.

1-click Project Set Up

What’s New

You can now commit config directly from the Project Set-Up page to your repo with 1-click. The same config can also be downloaded and committed manually if preferred.

Container cgroup Limits Now Visible Inside the Docker Executor

What’s New

Container cgroup limits are now visible when using the Docker executor. This means that container-aware build tooling will now correctly detect the number of CPUs and amount of RAM available to the job.

You can also view these numbers directly by looking at the files in the /sys/fs/cgroup directory:

  • /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu/cpu.shares
  • /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu/cpu.cfs_quota_us
  • /sys/fs/cgroup/cpu/cpu.cfs_period_us
  • /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/memory.limit_in_bytes

Plan Usage with New Compute Breakdown Tab Now in New UI

What’s New

The Plan Usage page in the new UI now includes a Compute tab, showing compute minutes and credits by executor type. You can also further filter the breakdown by projects. MacOS container plan users will also see overages within this tab.

If you are not currently on a usage plan, this page will show compute usage by credit and user to give an indication of what to expect on the usage plan.

What’s New

A link to the changelog is now on the Help menu, accessible from any core-app page.

Favicons Show Job Status in New UI

What’s New

Favicons for CircleCI job pages now reflect the status of the job. The icon becomes red for a failed job, green for success, and blue for still running.

Queue/Wait-Time Redesigned in the New UI

What’s New

Previously, queue and wait times were hidden behind an information icon hoover-over. They are now in their own section in the Job Details header. User-research showed these items were hard to find and folks did not like them being hidden.

Plan Overview Now Available in the New UI

What’s New

The new Plan overview page includes improved visualisations for credit usage, user seats and upgrade options. Access the Plan overview from the new UI sidebar.

CircleCI’s Next-Gen Rust Convenience Image has been Released

What’s New

image: cimg/rust:1.43.0

This is a direct replacement for the legacy CircleCI Rust image (circleci/rust). You can find this image on Docker Hub, and the source code & documentation on GitHub.

CircleCI’s Next-Gen Ruby Convenience Image has been Released

What’s New

image: cimg/ruby:2.6.5

This is a direct replacement for the legacy CircleCI Ruby image (circleci/ruby). You can find this image on Docker Hub, and the source code & documentation on GitHub.

Docker v19.03.8 Now Available via Remote Docker

What’s New

Docker v19.03.8 now available via Remote Docker (setup_remote_docker). Read more in the Discuss post and in the Docs Building Docker Images guide.

CircleCI’s next-gen OpenJDK convenience image has been released

What’s New

image: cimg/openjdk:14.0

This is a direct replacement for the legacy CircleCI OpenJDK image (circleci/openjdk). You can find this image on Docker Hub, and the source code & documentation on GitHub.

Advanced Logic in Config Now Available

What’s New

The new logic constructs allow for more powerful compilation-time decisions about which work to perform. Read more on our Discuss post.

CircleCI’s next-gen Go convenience image has been released

What’s New

image: cimg/go:1.13

This is a direct replacement for the legacy CircleCI Go image (circleci/golang). You can find this image on Docker Hub, and the source code & documentation on GitHub.

CircleCI’s Next-Gen Node Convenience Image has been Released

What’s New

image: cimg/node:12.16

This is a direct replacement for the legacy CircleCI Node image (circleci/node). You can find this image on Docker Hub, and the source code & documentation on GitHub.

Default Branch now Pinned to Top of Branch Selection Menu

What’s New

The default branch, usually master, is now pinned to the top of the branch selector list, as well as below in alphabetical order to prevent it being missed.

Type-To-Search Functionality Now Available for Projects Dropdown in the New UI

What’s New

You can now type to search for the project you need in the project selection dropdown on the Pipelines page.

Share and Transfer Plan Settings in New UI

What’s New

Roll out of the Share and Transfer Plan settings page has started in the new UI, making it easier for you to share, unshare and transfer plans.

Branch Filtering now available in New UI

What’s New

You can now type to search for the branch you need on the pipelines page.

Help Icon now in New UI

What’s New

There is now a “help” icon and button on the main navigation of the new UI. When expanded, this menu includes links to Docs, Discuss, Support, Premium Support, Orbs and Feature requests.

CircleCI Status Icon now in New UI

What’s New

The new UI now includes a link to the status site. In case of incidents, this icon will update to yellow (degraded), orange (parial outage) or red (outage).

New API v2 Job Approval Endpoint

What’s New

You can now approve jobs with API v2. The new endpoint is POST /api/v2/workflow/:workflow-id/approve/:approval-request-id. The approval request id is the ID of a pending approval job, which will also be returned as an approval_request_id on approval jobs returned by the API. For more information see the API v2 docs.

Config Editor with Linting on Project Setup

What’s New

The config editor available during project setup now visually display mistakes and offers suggestions specific to CircleCI’s configuration schema.

Xcode 11.5 Beta 1 Image Released

What’s New

Xcode 11.5 Beta 1 image has been released. Read more here.

Colorization of Step Output Returns to the New UI

What’s New

Colorized loading of step output has returned to the new UI on the Job Details page up to 6000 ANSI words.

New Machine Executor Image with Docker 19.03

What’s New

A new Machine executor image ubuntu-1604:201903-01 is now availabe, with Docker 19.03 pre-installed. See this Discuss post for the list of the versions of core software also available in this image. Check out the Machine executor docs for instructions on how to use this image with the Machine executor.

Slack Orb integration is Back in New UI Project Settings

What’s New

Slack has been a powerful way for orgs to get status updates and custom alerts. We’ve brought it back in the new UI under Project Settings to aid users to solve their problems more efficiently while remaining in their Slack workflow.

Tests Run/Failed Displayed in Tab

What’s New

The Test Summary tab on the Job Details page in the New UI now displays green when tests pass, and red for failures. The number of tests run, or number of failed tests is also displayed.

Recent and Failed Pipelines Auto-Open in New UI

What’s New

When viewing the Pipelines page, the most recent pipeline and any failed pipelines will be auto expanded to show the jobs that ran. This gives a quicker route to accessing job step output.

Max Parallelism Now Displayed in New UI

What’s New

Previously, the number of parallel runs in use was displayed, now both this and the maximum available are shown. You can also hover over the adjacent information icon for further information.

Xcode 11.4 Image Updated

What’s New

Xcode 11.4 image has been updated. Read more [here]

Page Load Time Improvements on the New UI Job Page

What’s New

We have decreased the first meaningful paint time down to 1.96 seconds and improved load-time perception for the job detail page in the new UI.

RAM Disks

What’s New

We are now making a RAM disk available for our Docker executor at /mnt/ramdisk. This has the potential to significantly speed up certain types of build. For usage, please check the docs.

Artifacts Redirects

What’s New

All non-HTML build artifacts on CircleCI now redirect to short-lived pre-signed cloud storage URLs. This change has been made to improve the performance of our artifacts hosting.

If you are using a web browser to view HTML resources, such as test/coverage reports or download tarballs/zip files, you will not need to change anything.

If you are using curl or another HTTP client that does not follow redirects by default, you will need to enable redirect support. For curl, you will need to add an -L flag. Please check the docs for more information.

Job Approval from the Pipelines List in New UI

What’s New

You can now manually unblock an approval job from the Pipelines List page in the new UI. Originally this functionality was only availble from the Workflows map. Read more about approval jobs here.

Matrix Job Support

What’s New

The new matrix stanza allows you to run a parameterized job multiple times with different arguments. Read more about matrix jobs here.

Xcode 11.4 GM Image Released

What’s New

Xcode 11.4 (GM) image is released. Read more here.

Email Notification for Scheduled Workflows

What’s New

If any of your scheduled workflows become unscheduled for any reason, you will now be notified by email.

URL for Onboarding Pages Updated

What’s New

URLs for onboarding pages have been consolidated for security and improved usability. They now follow this structure:

  • Root page:
  • Project Dashboard:
  • Project Set Up:

URL for Settings Pages Updated in the New UI

What’s New

URLs for Settings pages have been consolidated for security and improved usability. They now follow this structure:

  • User settings:
  • Project settings:
  • Organization settings:

Scheduled Workflows Now Show as Piplines

What’s New

Scheduled workflows are now available as piplines in both the new UI, and the API.

Autocommit and Config Editor Now Live

What’s New

Autocommit is a new feature that allows you to commit a sample language-specific config direct to a new branch on your repo when adding a project, making it even quicker to start building on CircleCI. You can also edit the config prior to committing. These features are in addition to the option to manually commit a config file.

Dynamic Language Sidebar on Project Setup

What’s New

When adding a new project to CircleCI, the project dashboard sidebar now dynamically displays language-specific docs and guides to help you get started quickly and get the most out of the service.

Queue Time and Wait Time Now Available in the New UI

What’s New

Wait and queue times can now be accessed for each job in the new UI. Hover over the i next to the Duration at the top of the job details page, and the wait time and queue time appear as a tooltip. This information has been added to the new UI to make it easier to get information on edge-case failures in your pipelines.

Updated URL Structure for New UI

What’s New

The new UI URL sub-domain structure has been updated for improved security and usability. The new structure makes it easier for developers to interact with URLs like breadcrumb items.

Xcode 11.4 Beta 3 Image Now Available

What’s New

Read more in our Xcode 11.4 Beta 3 image announcement.

Legacy Jobs View Now Available in New UI

What’s New

The Legacy Jobs view in the new UI provides an overview for all jobs, regardless of whether they have pipeline processing enabled. We are aiming to move all customers over to pipeline processing, and this view has been added to provide the information you need for all projects during this transition period. Access the Legacy Jobs view at the end of the Pipelines List page.

March Docker Convenience Image Updates

What’s New

Read the March update on CircleCI Docker Convenience Images here.

Administrator Permissions Changes

What’s New

CircleCI is making changes for a stricter permissions access. Going forward only GitHub administrators will be able to view and access the following pages in the CircleCI application:

  • Plan overview
  • Plan usage
  • Share & Transfer
  • Projects
  • VCS
  • Security

Note: This does not affect Bitbucket users.

Read more and give feedback on our Discuss post.

Manage Contexts With the CLI

What’s New

You can now show, create, delete and list Contexts via the CircleCI CLI. Run circleci update to get access to this new Context functionality.

New UI navigational breadcrumb Now Includes Project and Branch Name

What’s New

Project and branch names are now included in the navigational breadcrumb trail in the new UI, placing essential pipeline information in view and making it quicker and easier to navigate to the pages you need.

Improved Artifacts Hosting

What’s New

The way build artifacts are hosted is changing to improve performance. Read our Discuss post for further details.

Pipelines Functionality Rollout

What’s New

From March 9, 2020, CircleCI will begin to enable pipelines for all projects. A pipeline contains all of the workflows (and the jobs inside those workflows) that CircleCI runs after a trigger on your project. A pipeline can be triggered by a pull request, a commit, or even an API call. Read more on our Discuss post.

Find (CMD+F) Now Working in the New UI

What’s New

As we build the new UI, faster page-load is important to us. We initially built the Step Output section to load with react-virtualized, meaning that only the visible rows were rendered. This allowed us to show colorized output with an even faster load/scrolling time than the old UI. In theory it was brilliant, in practice it broke the ability to use native browser search tools like CMD+F to find specific words before or after the rendered text. During user research, we watched many CircleCI users attempt to CMD+F in the Step Output, and not find what we were looking for. As a result we pulled out react-virtualized and enhanced colorized output from the step output. Color we can compromise on, usability we cannot.

Resource Class Now Available in New UI

What’s New

Resource type and class is now displayed in the new UI for each job. This helps customers optimize pipelines, debug runs that fail due to lack of resources, and identify projects that could build faster with a different resource class.

API v2 Insights Endpoints Available at Job Level

What’s New

Get job run data, including status, credits, and duration, for each individual job within a workflow. More info here.

Project Setting Now Live in the New UI

What’s New

The redesigned Project Settings page is now available in the new UI. Change SSH keys, Environment variables, API permissions, JIRA integrations, and more.

February Docker Convenience Images Updates

What’s New

Next-generation Go image, and new base image are now stable. Read more on the Discuss post.

Machine XL, Machine 2XL, Windows 2XL Resources Now Available on Performance Plan

What’s New

The following resource classes are now available to customers on the Performance plan: XL and 2XL for the Machine executor, and 2XL for the Windows executor.

Deploy to Windows Containers with the Updated Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Orb

What’s New

With this update, CircleCI users can deploy directly from their CI/CD pipeline to Windows containers. Read Google’s announcement here.

Visit the GKE orb page for more information.

Xcode 11.3.1 available on CircleCI

What’s New

Customers on the Performance plan and macOS plan can now build using Xcode 11.3.1. See our iOS documentation for the details of software installed in this new image.

Organization Settings Now Available in the New UI

What’s New

The Organization Settings page in the New UI is now live. Organization Settings include contexts, environment variables, security permissions, and VCS integrations.

Latest Commit Message Now Available in New UI

What’s New

The latest commit message for each pipline is now visible on the Pipelines overview page to make identification easier.

API v2 is Live

What’s New

API v2 enables new functionality, such as triggering and retrieving pipelines and workflows via the API. Read more about it in our blog post.

Page Through Older Pipelines in New UI

What’s New

You can now page through older Pipelines using the See More button at the bottom of the Pipelines Page in the new UI. Up until now only the last 20 Pipelines were available. Please note that due to API contraints, paging through older Pipelines will disable the live update of currently running Pipelines on the page.

Branch and My Pipelines Filters Now Available in New UI

What’s New

Branch and “My Pipelines” filter options are now available in the new UI. Both are easily accessible at the top of the Pipelines page. Filter options now include:

  • Org switcher
  • Pipelines switcher, which has two options – All Pipelines / My Pipelines
  • Branch filter, which opens a drop down to choose between displaying pipelines for an individual branch, or all branches.

Workflow Rerun and Cancel Now Available in New UI

What’s New

You can now cancel and rerun workflows from the Workflow Detail page. Previously this functionality was only available from the Job Detail page. This change was made after data analysis indicated that most users were rerunning workflows from the workflow level rather than the job level on the old UI.

Transferring Plans Now Works for Performance Plan

What’s New

We have fixed a bug that was preventing folks on Performance Plans from transfering ownership to another plan. Please note only org admins can transfer plans.

Manual Approval Functionality Available in the New UI

What’s New

Manual approval of hold jobs is now fully functional in the new UI. To approve a job, click the name of your workflow from either the Job Detail page breadcrumb, or the Pipelines List page to navigate to the Workflow Map. You will see the approval job has a purple status icon. Click the job and a button will pop-up to confirm approval.

New Ways to try Pipelines on a Branch

What’s New

You can now try out Pipelines on an individual branch before switching your whole project over. There are two ways to try this — 1) If you use config version 2.1 your run will now automatically trigger a pipeline. 2) If you want to keep your version 2 config you can use a new key pipelines under experimental in your config.yml it would look like the following:

  pipelines: true

New Compatibility Options for CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL

What’s New

Version 2 config with pipelines enabled will now automatically have the CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL injected into the job configuration. Previously, if you referenced CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL in a version 2 config, then turned on pipelines, it would disappear. This fixes that issue. For version 2.1 config we do not automatically inject CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL. Instead, we have exposed metadata about the pipeline for you to use more granularly. Mosts users end up parsing out CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL, so instead we did that work for you. In version 2.1 config you can now do the following:

version: 2.1
      CIRCLE_COMPARE_URL: << pipeline.project.git_url >>/compare/<< pipeline.git.base_revision >>..<<pipeline.git.revision>>

Pipeline Values Now Available in your Configuration

What’s New

New pipeline metadata values can be referenced in your 2.1 configuration. Unlike CIRCLE_ environment values, these pipeline values are available at config processing time, so you could choose to use them in your configuration superstructure outside of jobs. For example, you could use pipeline values as strings for your working_directory or your image key under a job. Read more in our Pipeline Variables guide.

Workflows Graph Now Available in the New UI

What’s New

The workflows graph is now available in the new UI, with improvements in the way job connectivity is displayed, compared to the old workflows graph. This core feature displays a visual representation of how jobs fit together within your workflow.

All Rerun Options are Now Available in the New UI

What’s New

All rerun options - Rerun Workflow, Rerun Workflow from Failed, and Rerun Job with SSH – are now available from the Job Details page in the new UI.

Secret Masking Enabled for All

What’s New

Secret masking has now been enabled for 100% of our customers. To read more about the new secret masking feature, read our blog post.

Configuration Now Available in New UI

What’s New

You can now access your configuration files, both pre-processing and post-processing, from the new UI, when opted in. The config file links are available from both the Job Details page at the top right, and the Pipelines list page via the 3-dot drop-down menu.

Automatic opt-in to new UI

What’s New

After loads of great feedback we have determined our Job Details page in the new UI now adds far more value than the old UI equivalent. We are beginning to automatically opt-in customers who will benefit most from the new view – those who primarily use the Job Details page (as opposed to needing the Workflows Map). A welcome message will be displayed on arrival and you can opt-out at any time.

MacOS 10.15 Catalina image and Xcode 11.2 Beta 2 is Released

What’s New

We’ve released our first macOS 10.15 Catalina image along with Xcode 11.2 Beta 2. Read our discuss post for more on highlights and usage.

User Settings Now Available on New UI

What’s New

You will soon be able to access User Settings from within the new UI experience when opted in. Everyone will have access by the end of next week. Just click on your profile icon at the bottom of the left-hand panel to view User Settings.

Usage-Based Pricing is now Live

What’s New

CircleCI’s new usage-based pricing scheme expands your capabilities to optimize and scale CI/CD pipelines. Eliminate queuing, get full access to resources, optimize your compute power, while only paying for what you use. Read about our new pricing model and learn more about usage-based pricing in our blog post.

Change to Seat Blocking for OSS Builds

What’s New

If you are running OSS builds, you may continue doing so, even if all user seats are filled.

Performance Plan Refill Changes

What’s New

If you are on the Performance Plan, you will start to see refill amounts changing at the next billing date. Based on feedback about a high number of charges for refills, the refill amount has been increased from 10% to 25%. The refill will automatically be attempted when the plan reaches 10% of credits remaining.

Windows Now Available in Free Plan

What’s New

If you are on a CircleCI Free plan, you may now access the Windows compute type. To access Windows, add the specification in your .circleci/config.yml file. Refer to the Hello World Windows document for instructions.

New UI Availability and Rerun with SSH

What’s New

  • Experimental UI now available to everyone

To try it out, Enable Pipelines in your Project Settings and then click the opt-in banner available on any Job Detail page. We are actively monitoring feedback and bug reports through a poll that appears in the app. The data and commentary we receive directly impacts what we build next, so opt-in to be a part of making CircleCI better!

  • Rerun with SSH available on experimental new UI

Rerun with SSH, the top new requested feature from in-app feedback from new UI users, is now available. We are rolling out this feature slowly to monitor for bugs, but we are excited to honor the feedback.

Xcode 11.0 and 11.1 available on CircleCI

What’s New

Customers on the Performance plan and macOS plan can now build using Xcode 11.0 (as of Sep 20th) and Xcode 11.1 (as of Sep 26th). Please see our iOS documentation for the details of software installed in these new images.

New UI Updates

What’s New

  • Cancel Button in the New UI For users opted-in to the New UI experience, jobs can now be cancelled from the Job Detail page.

  • New Navigation System in the New UI Previously, the Pipelines page was only available from the breadcrumb on the Jobs page, or through the URL. A new central navigation system now appears on the left-hand side of the screen with a Projects menu on the Pipelines page.

New Command to List and Unlist Orbs

What’s New

To unlist your published orbs from the registry, use the new circleci orb unlist CLI command. For details, refer to the help page. Unlisted orbs remain world-readable when referenced by name but will not appear in the search results of the orb registry. Unlisted orbs can be listed again using the circleci orb unlist <namespace/orb> false command.

Plan Usage Page Updates

What’s New

For Free plans, the Plan Usage page has been updated to provide you with more visibility into how you’re using the product. The total number of build minutes and users now appears on the along with the breakdown of usage by projects and a list of users for each month.

Build minutes and corresponding credits were also added to the page to help you understand your credit usage if you choose to upgrade to the Performance plan.

Streamlined macOS Image Delivery

What’s New

We know how painful it is to have delays in Xcode image availability. We’ve been working to reduce the often 2-3 week delay as we validate security, availability, and performance in our release process. We are now down to under 3 days on the last four releases and expect this trend to continue.

Artifacts in new UI

What’s New

You can now find Artifacts the new UI Job Details page. We started with a flat list after numerous customer interviews. It’s no surprise that “find” is our friend. We will eventually build a search bar to filter artifacts - but hey, cntrl-f is easy. Please give it a whirl and share your feedback.

Job Details Page Updates

What’s New

Select users with pipelines enabled on their projects will see a banner on the Job Details page that enables opt-in to the experimental new UI as it is being built. This new UI includes the following:

  • Improved organization of the Jobs page
  • An option to open a specific step in a new tab
  • Replacement for the current dashboard that lists recent Pipeline runs

Read more information in the Discuss post.

Windows support now available on CircleCI

What’s New

CircleCI customers on Performance plans can now run jobs on Windows Server 2019 with popular dependencies— .NET support, Visual Studio, Windows SDK, Docker for Windows, as well as cross-platform workspaces, and caches. Learn more about Windows support here.

Plan Overview Page Updates

What’s Fixed

Invoiced Linux container plan customers will see their plan properly listed as Manually Invoiced on the Plan Overview page.

Enforcement of Available Seats in Plan

What’s New

When no additional user seats are left in your plan, new users will be blocked from initiating jobs.

The Plan Usage page has also been updated to include Unregistered user (previously Guest user) and Scheduled workflow in your user list if you are initiating jobs usging scheduled workflows.

FREE minutes shift to 250/week

What’s New

FREE minutes shift to 250/week

Customers on FREE plans will notice a change in how their monthly minutes are allocated. Customers will retain 1,000 FREE minutes per month and will receive them in increments of 250 minutes per week. This will allow customers to budget credits in a more manageable way while aligning with a Mon - Fri work week.

Performance Plan Seat Allotment Alert

What’s New

Performance Plan customers will now be alerted when they have used up their user seat allotment. These customers will need to update their subscription to allow all of their team members to use CircleCI.

Restricted Contexts

What’s New

CircleCI enables you to restrict environment variables at run time by adding security groups to contexts. Security groups are definied as GitHub teams. After a security group is added to a context, only members of that security group who are also CircleCI users may access or use the environment variables of the context. See the Restricting a Context documentation for details.

New Status Gauge Icon

What’s New

In an effort to improve incident reporting, CircleCI replaced status banners with a gauge icon in the application.
Our goal is to provide you with a better understanding of your pipeline’s current system health which includes CircleCI infrastructure and common external dependencies. Before, banners hid root cause and communicated issues to everyone even though the incident was relevant to few. Now, a gauge icon will give you a dynamic view into general infrastructure health and fast access to for deeper details.

New Privacy Setting

What’s New

CircleCI uses 3rd-party tracking pixels to analyze traffic and optimize our marketing efforts (read our privacy policy to learn more). You can now disable these pixels within the CircleCI application by opting out. To do this, click the drop down menu under your picture and follow User Settings > Privacy & Security to check the opt-out box.

New SSH Key Error Message

What’s New

An error message is now returned if adding an SSH key fails.

Getting Started Page Changes

What’s New

Projects are no longer checked by default on the Getting Started page to avoid causing all unintended projects to start building.

Orb Licensing

What’s New

Orbs are now licensed out from CircleCI to users under the MIT open-source license agreement. Refer to the Licensing page of the Orbs Registry for details.

Plan Display Updates (February 2019)

What’s New

  • Usage banner is now shown on non-job pages to help users of the Free plan understand their usage.

What’s Fixed

  • Added back ability to start a macOS trial on Plan Settings page.

Performance Improvement

What’s New

For customers with many branches, the branch picker will now load only a subset of branches to improve performance.

What’s Fixed

Insights tab will now load properly when visiting from jobs, workflows, or settings tabs.

Log Downloads Feature

What’s New

For customers with large logs, there’s now a way to open the log file in a separate browser in addition to to downloading the file.

Plan Display Updates (December 2018)

What’s New

  • Plan Usage now shows the number of DLC projects and Active Users for the billing period for Performance customers.

What’s Fixed

  • For customers on Manually Invoiced OSX plan, your plan type will now properly display on the Plan Overview page.

Orbs List Update

What’s New

It is now possible to sort the list of orbs according to their usage by running the circleci orb list --sort command.

Usage Warning Fix

What’s Fixed

The usage warning banner for Free users has been updated to exclude build minutes from OSS projects.

My Branches Fix

What’s Fixed

The My Branches button on the Jobs or Workflows pages has been fixed to display all relevant branches.

Orbs Inside Orbs

What’s New

Orb elements can now be composed directly with elements of other orbs. For example, you can now have an orb that looks like the following:


  some-orb: some-ns/some-orb@volatile


  my-executor: some-orb/their-executor


  my-command: some-orb/their-command


  my-job: some-orb/their-job


    executor: my-executor


      - my-command

          param1: "hello"

Insights and Workflows Improvements

What’s Fixed

  • Insights now supports branch names with slashes in them.
  • Workflows list page now supports displaying git tags.

Xcode 10.1 Image Availability

What’s New

  • Xcode 10.1 macOS image has been released for CircleCI.
  • Select the image by adding the following to a job in your .circleci/config.yml file:
  xcode: 10.1.0
  • Xcode is now version 10.1 Build 10B61.
  • The Command Line Tools are now version 10.1.
  • This image upgrades to the latest macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (17G3025).
  • This image removes the simulators for WatchOS 4.2.
  • The system Ruby is unchanged at 2.3.7p456, but Ruby 2.4.5 and 2.5.3 are now available by using chruby.
  • This image removes the additional Ruby 2.3.7 that was available to chruby.
  • NodeJS is now version 11.0.0
  • Yarn is now 1.12.1.

Workflow Notifications

What’s New

  • Basic workflow notifications are now available.
  • If you have workflows configured as part of your project, you will start receiving workflow-level email notifications.
  • Refer to the Notifications document for details.

CircleCI is 33% Faster

What’s New

  • CircleCI infrastructure upgrades have improved build times by 33%.
  • The free tier will change from 1500 to 1000 minutes on December 1st, 2018.
  • Notifications have been updated reflect the 1,000-minute free plan, so you can project your future usage needs.

CircleCI Orbs General Availability

What’s New

Orbs are packages of CircleCI configuration shared across projects. Orbs help you simplify YAML configuration, enable you to build on top of CircleCI, and support sharing of standardized configurations across your projects.

This release provides you with access to certified orbs for AWS CodeDeploy, Rollbar, Artifactory, CodeCov, Heroku, Slack and more. You can also create and publish your own orbs using the CircleCI CLI. Refer to the CircleCI Orbs Registry for the complete list of certified orbs.

To learn about using and creating orbs, see the following documentation:

GitHub Checks is now supported

What’s New

  • CircleCI now integrates with the GitHub Checks API, so you can see the status of your CircleCI workflows under the Pull Request Checks tab in the GitHub UI. For more information, see CircleCI Docs.

New Docs Search and Org Switcher Update

What’s New

  • The Documentation search bar has been completely redesigned and improved to provide a full page of aggregate results, see CircleCI Docs.

  • The Org Switcher was updated to fix a display issue that caused users to be redirected to the wrong organization.

New Orb CLI Commands, New Plan Views, New API Doc

What’s New

  • The CircleCI CLI command orb list now has an optional flag, --json, that provides machine-readable output. In addition, the CLI command orb source has been updated to allow you to pull any version, including dev versions, for example:
circleci orb source mynamespace/myorb@dev:foo
circleci orb source mynamespace/myorb@1.2.3
circleci orb source mynamespace/myorb@volatile
  • Cloud Performance plans have been updated to display multiple periods of usage data on the Settings page.

  • The CircleCI API documentation has been re-published with a completely new design and updated content, see the API Reference.

Reusable Commands and Executors, Xcode 10 Image, and macOS Plan Settings Updates

What’s New

  • CircleCI 2.1 config keys are now available for reusing commands, executors, and parameters to simplify your .circleci/config.yml file. See the Reusing Config document for examples and instructions. Refer to the Configuring CircleCI reference for 2.1 syntax requirements.

  • We have released the Xcode 10 image on CircleCI 2.0. Add the following to your .circleci/config.yml file to select that version of Xcode in your jobs:

    xcode: "10.0.0"

Note: A known issue, for which a fix is in-progress, prevents shipping iOS apps built on the Xcode 10 image to the App Store.

  • For Cloud Container macOS plans, there is an improved flow for adding containers on the Plan Overview page. This can be found under Settings > Plan Overview.

New Project Default, Switch CLI Prompt, Plan Updates, and Disabled Fixed Notification

What’s New

  • New projects are now created with 2.0 config by default and have Build Processing enabled.

  • CLI users are now prompted to switch to the updated CLI. All commands are backwards compatible, however some have been officially renamed. For example, the circleci build command is now an alias for the circleci local execute command.

  • For Performance Plans, total build minutes and credit usage for top projects is now displayed on the Plan Usage page. This can be found under Settings > Plan Usage

  • For Linux Plans, there is an improved path for adding containers on the Plan Overview page. This can be found under Settings > Plan Overview

  • Disabled Fixed notification through email or chat, if you have defined workflows as part of your configuration.

Jobs Page Rerun Workflow button, EOL 1.0, and CircleCI Docs Menu Updates

What’s New

  • A Rerun workflow from beginning button is now on the Jobs page.

  • A 1.0 Project Badge for all projects still building on CircleCI 1.0 appears on Github.

  • Builds for new projects now require a CircleCI 2.0 config. 1.0 builds are no longer available for new projects. Builds for new projects without a 2.0 config will be blocked.

  • Updated error message when builds are not run if free minutes are depleted.

  • Updated information architecture with redesigned Welcome page and navigation menu for CircleCI Documentation is now available.

Auto-Cancel Workflow Builds, Updated CLI, and Plans Page Updates

What’s New

  • Auto-cancel of redundant builds now supports workflows. Customers will need to turn on the Build Processing option under Advanced Settings in their project settings. See the istructions for Enabling Auto-Cancel for Workflows Triggered by pushed to GItHub or the API for details.

  • A new version of the Local CLI is available. Customers using the existing Local CLI can update using the circleci-update command followed by the circleci switch command. Refer to Using the CircleCI Local CLI for the update instructions.

  • Performance customers can now see the billing period dates on the Plan Overview page.

  • A new Plan Overview page that shows the details for plan selection and a new Plan Usage page that shows usages for any applicable Linux and macOS plan.

Performance Plan Overview Includes Number of Projects with DLC Enabled

What’s New

  • Performance customers can now see the number of active projects with DLC enabled on the Plan Overview page.

Enable Build Processing, New API Endpoint for Triggering Projects with Workflows, and Performance Fix

What’s New

  • It is possible to trigger workflows with the CircleCI API using a new endpoint. See the Trigger a Build by Project section of the CircleCI API Projects Documentation.
    • You must go to your Project Settings in the CircleCI app to Enable Build Processing (preview) as a prerequisite for using this endpoint.
    • IMPORTANT – This endpoint does not yet support the build_parameters options that the job-triggering endpoint supports.
    • You may safely go back by disabling the radio button for this feature on your Advanced Settings for your project if jobs or workflows fail the new build processing.

Resolved Issues

  • Resolved a known performance issue which caused a frozen page for organizations with many branches.

Workflows Improvements, Active Users View, and Alerts

What’s New

  • The Workflows page of the CircleCI app now displays the username associated with rerunning a workflow, approving a job, or cancelling a job.

  • Performance improvements were made for workflows pages that reduce the load time for all workflows pages.

  • Custom Performance Plans now appear with active users for the month on the Plan Overview page.

  • Alerts for users who have depleted the free Linux build minutes for the month.

Xcode 9.4.1, Plan Overview page updates, and Bug Fixes

What’s New

  • The Xcode 9.4.1 image was released on CircleCI 2.0. To select version 9.4.1 for a job, add the following to your .circleci/config.yml file:
          xcode: "9.4.1"
  • If you are on the Performance Plan, you can now view available credits on the Plan Overview page of your Organization Settings in the CircleCI app.


  • Fixed a known issue with the CircleCI workflows UI due to . period character in the workflows name.

  • Fixed the interaction of the Workflows Rerun dropdown menu by restricting to open-source project users who are part of a GitHub organization.

Build Service and Config as Code

What’s New

Preview of improved builds service

CircleCI has developed an improved builds service that is ready for preview. The improved build service is the first step to a healthy roadmap of parameterized commands, config reuse across projects, improved DRY support, and better error reporting.

A preview is currently available for a few of our most adventurous organizations this week, and we plan on rolling it out to more projects in the coming weeks before it is publicly available. If you are adventurous and want to switch to the new service, be sure to read the preview docs before requesting approval.

Improved Config Schema Error Transparency

What’s New

With 2.0 you can do a lot more with the config.yml file. However, there are those times when edits result in schema errors. The CircleCI config processor now creates and returns a specialized Job that references the specific schema error(s) in the Job list. Learn more about our recent move to the terms Workflow and Job.

Support for Test Splitting with Workflows

What’s New

The following features and additions are now available.

  • New Workflows Feature: If your project has a large number of tests, you can use the circleci tests split command to reduce your job run time. This feature is now supported with Workflows. For more information on how to set up test splitting, see the Splitting Test Files section of the Running Tests in Parallel documentation.

  • EOL Tools: The 1.0 migration center has been updated with additional content and helpful tools.

  • Performance Improvement: CircleCI has upgraded the mechanism that returns gettimeofday calls. As a result, heavy users of syscall will see an aggregate improvement in performance. Most noticeably this will improve the run time of projects with heavy usage of profiling tools and Xdebug with PHP.

  • Added: This release adds a Plan Overview page for customers on the Performance pricing plan to enable Admins to see their selection from the Settings.

  • Added: Customers who are still building on CircleCI 1.0 will now get a reminder to upgrade to CircleCI 2.0 in build emails.

Xcode 9.3 available on CircleCI 2.0 for macOS

We have released the Xcode 9.3 image on CircleCI 2.0. Add the following to your .circleci/config.yml file to select that version of Xcode in your jobs:

  xcode: "9.3.0"

Support for Multiple Contexts

It is now possible to create multiple Contexts in the Organization Settings of the CircleCI app. See the Contexts documentation for details and naming conventions.

Xcode 9.2 available on CircleCI 2.0 for macOS

We have released the Xcode 9.2 image on CircleCI 2.0. Add the following to your .circleci/config.yml file to select that version of Xcode in your jobs:

  xcode: "9.2.0"

CircleCI 2.0 for macOS General Availability

The release of CircleCI 2.0 for macOS enables your iOS projects to benefit from the significant performance, stability, and reliability improvements in the CircleCI 2.0 platform, including the following new features:

Workflows: Orchestrate jobs and steps with great flexibility using a simple set of new keys in your configuration. Increase the development speed through faster feedback, shorter reruns, and more efficient use of resources.

Advanced caching: Speed up builds by caching files from run to run using keys that are easy to control with granular caching options for cache save and restore points throughout your jobs. Cache any files from run to run using keys you can control.

Get started with the complete set of documentation for the macOS platform:

Docker Layer Caching in Machine Executor

Docker Layer Caching is now available as a premium feature for the machine executor. Refer to the Docker layer Caching in Machine Executor section for instructions.

Rerun Button Change on the Jobs Page

The button on the Jobs page has changed for jobs that run as part of a workflow. The rebuild options that are not compatible with Workflows have been removed from the button on the Jobs page. Jobs that ran as part of a workflow will only include the Rerun Job with SSH button on the Jobs page.

To rerun a job that ran as part of a workflow, you must navigate to the Workflows page of the CircleCI application and either rerun your entire Workflow or rerun your Workflow from failed jobs.

Scheduled Workflows

This feature enables Workflows to run on a configurable schedule. Refer to the Scheduling a Workflow section of the Orchestrating Workflows document for instructions and examples. Reference information for syntax is available in the triggers section of the Writing Jobs With Steps document and answers to common questions are documented in the Workflows section of the Migration FAQ.

Xcode 9 available on CircleCI for macOS

Today we updated our Xcode 9.0 image with the just released Xcode 9.0 GM Seed (build version 9A235). Please check out this post on our Discuss site for more details on how to use the latest Xcode in your macOS builds.

Minutes Used in Your Plan

This feature adds the used minutes to your Org Settings > Plan Settings page. This feature displays used minutes against Linux machines. It expands on our current functionality which shows minutes used against OS X machines and is located on the same page: Org Settings > Plan Settings.

Data appears for Orgs with a billing date after Aug 31, 2017. So, a new org will immediately see minutes used, and existing orgs will see the minutes used appear within the coming 30 days, depending on the billing date for your plan.

Workflows Graph

This feature enables an interactive graph of your workflow configuration. Refer to the instructions and examples in the Orchestrating Workflows document.

Xcode 9.0 Beta 5

Today we updated our Xcode 9.0 beta 3 image to Xcode 9.0 beta 5 (build version 9M202q) with the latest simulators.

You can use this image by specifying Xcode 9.0 in your circle.yml:

    version: "9.0"

This image tag will be automatically upgraded when new betas are released by Apple, until the final release of Xcode 9.


This feature enables sharing of global environment variables across projects. Refer to the instructions and examples in the Setting Contexts document and the Job Contexts Example section of Orchestrating Workflows.

CircleCI 2.0 Git Tags Support

This feature enables filtering on Git tags for jobs in workflows using CircleCI 2.0. CircleCI will not run a job for a Git tag unless a tags filter is specified. Refer to the instructions and examples in the Workflow Tags section of Writing Jobs With Steps and in the Git Tag Job Execution section of Orchestrating Workflows.

CircleCI 2.0 General Availability

CircleCI 2.0 is a completely updated CI/CD platform that starts every run with a clean image which is automatically provisioned just-in-time for Linux and Android jobs on the hosted CircleCI application.

Configuration moves into the code in 2.0, so every developer can configure jobs directly in their working branch, teams can try new things without the risk of slowing anyone else down, and business leaders have the ability to operate large global teams with minimal overhead. CircleCI 2.0 prevents you from writing clean-up scripts because every run starts in the same state, eliminating the risk of polluting a test database or leaving files in places that cause problems for the next run.

The CircleCI 2.0 platform includes significant performance, stability, and reliability improvements along with the following new features:

  • First-class Docker Support: Choose any image to run your job steps, customizable on a per-job basis on a particular Git branch. Speed up your run times with advanced layer caching. Build docker images with full docker CLI support and full support for docker compose. Support for all programming languages and custom environments that offer more predictable output. See Specifying Container Images for instructions.

  • Workflows: Orchestrate jobs and steps with great flexibility using a simple set of new keys in your configuration. Share temporary files between jobs with workspaces for fan-in, fan-out, parallel, and sequential runs. Hold a workflow for a manual approval and restart a workflow from a failed job. See Orchestrating Workflows for details.

  • Resource Allocation: Configure your CPU and RAM needs on a per-job basis at the branch level, see the resource_class documentation for instructions. Paid accounts may request this feature from their Customer Success Manager, non-paid users may request to get started by sending email to

  • Insights: Access interactive charts and analyses in seconds. Visualize trends in your build history to identify and pinpoint bottlenecks. Understand all of your builds at a glance. View the builds that fail most, so you can fix the slowest tests to improve efficiency. See the Collecting Test Metadata documentation for information.

  • Debugging with SSH and CLI: Perform local job runs, configuration validation and SSH in to builds for access to log files and debugging running processes. See Using the CLI documentation to learn about running local jobs and refer to Debugging Jobs over SSH for SSH instructions.

  • Parallelism: Automatic provisioning of containers as they are freed without waiting for other jobs to finish. See the Parallel Job Execution documentation for examples.

  • Advanced Caching: Speed up builds by caching files from run to run using keys that are easy to control with granular caching options for cache save and restore points throughout your jobs. Cache any files from run to run using keys you can control, see the Caching Dependencies documentation for strategies and steps.

  • Demonstration Applications: See the Language Guides and Demo Repos to learn CircleCI configuration by example for applications written in Go, Javascript, PHP, Python (Django and Flask), Ruby on Rails, Java, Elixir, and Clojure.

  • New Documentation: New and restructured documentation including an Overview, Hello World, Sample 2.0 config.yml File, simplified instructions for Migrating from 1.0 to 2.0, plus examples for Configuring Databases and Creating Custom Docker Images. Refer to the Migration FAQ for common questions and known limitations.

Pricing Plan Change

A fix to the pricing plan has been implemented which limits Linux plan capacity to the published maximum. As a result of this change, you may see builds queuing until the requisite containers are available.

CircleCI 2.0 Core Dump Support

This feature enables core dumps for projects using CircleCI 2.0. Get core dump files and push them as artifacts for inspection and debugging using the instructions in the Uploading Build Artifacts document.

Xcode 9 Beta 2

Today we updated our Xcode 9.0 beta image to Xcode 9.0 beta 2 with the latest 10.2 simulators. To start using it, add the following to your circle.yml:

    version: "9.0"

This image tag will be upgraded automatically when new betas are released by Apple, until the final release of Xcode 9.

Xcode 8.3.3

For mobile, we have just released a build image that allows you to use the latest stable version of Xcode, 8.3.3. To start using it, add the following to your circle.yml:

    version: "8.3.3"


The Workflows feature is available on CircleCI 2.0. It is designed with a flexible algorithm to support very complex job scheduling and orchestration using a simple set of new configuration keys. See the Steps to Configure Workflows section of the Migrating from 1.0 to 2.0 document for instructions. Refer to the Orchestrating Workflows document for examples and conceptual information.

Xcode 9 Beta 1 Availability

This update makes Xcode 9 Beta available for all macOS builds. Specify version 9.0 in your circle.yml file to override the default.

Authenticate With Google

This feature enables users to log in to CircleCI with a Google account and provides new users with the opportunity to experience the application and selected demo projects without providing access to their code repository.

Filter Build Emails by Project

Now you can filter your build emails by project without doing subject matching. This feature adds the standard List-ID header with to make it easy to filter build emails into per-repo or per-org folders.

Import Project Environment Variables

This feature enables you to import project environment variables from projects in the same organization to save time and typing. On the Settings screen for your project, click the Import Variable(s) button on the Environment Variables page and select from the list.

Authorize Only Public GitHub Repositories

This feature enables you to join CircleCI without providing access to your private GitHub repos. To limit access, select Public Repos Only from the Start with Github menu on the signup page.

My/All Build Filtering

Looking for the builds most relevant to your actions? You can now filter builds by “my builds” (builds you triggered) or “all builds” (builds triggered by other users on your team). The filter can be found near the top, right-hand corner of your dashboard. Currently, this feature is only available on the organization and project-level.

Automatic collection of Fastlane logs for macOS projects

The logs produced by the Fastlane tools are now being stored as build artifacts so that you can easily access them later.

Granular control over fork PR builds

It is now possible to control whether to run builds for pull requests coming from forks and whether to pass the secrets from the main project to the fork on such builds, via two separate settings. Check out the Advanced Settings tab for your project for more details.

Fetch CocoaPods from S3 instead of Git in iOS projects

A few weeks ago we started downloading CocoaPods specs from S3 instead of Git in projects that use our iOS inference. It is now also possible to download the specs from S3 in projects with manual configuration.

Please check out this Discuss post for an example of downloading specs from S3 via a circle.yml command.

Improved code signing flow for OS X builds

It is now possible to upload provisioning profiles under the ‘Permissions’ section of your OS X project settings. Once uploaded, we will automatically import the profiles during your OS X builds. Profiles are encrypted at rest on the CircleCI side.

This update removes the need to keep the provisioning profiles checked into your repository and simplifies the setup of code signing for new OS X projects.

CircleCI offers the ability to link directly to build output steps. We’ve now extended this feature into build email notifications. You should now see a clickable ‘Failing Command’ on (failed) build notification emails which will open the build page to the failed command in your build output.

Confirmation modal for stop building projects on CircleCI,

We have added a confirmation message to prevent users from accidentally stopping the builds on CircleCI.

Interactive ‘Build Timing’ graph

We have added functionality to click through the ‘Build Timing’ graph to access different sections of the build.

Anchor to a particular step within build output

Users can show share link to a particular step within their build output; Eg.

Flash notifications for adding & deleting keys

We have added flash notification when users add or remove Apple Code Signing key, API permissions, SSH key or environment variables.


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