When a project is given to a hook, the environment will have
GIT_DIR set to the full path of the affected git repository so that git commands can be easily run.
Make sure your hook scripts are executable if running on *nix.
With the exception of the
ref-update hooks, hooks are run in the background after the relevant change has taken place so are unable to affect the outcome of any given change. Because of the fact the hooks are run in the background after the activity, a hook might not be notified about an event if the server is shutdown before the hook can be invoked.
The plugin is configured in a
[hooks] section in the
gerrit.config file in the site's
The configuration values are evaluated when the plugin is loaded. If the values are changed, the plugin must be reloaded for them to take effect.
A hook may be temporarily disabled by either removing it or renaming it. Its behavior may be changed by replacing its content. Such changes will take immediate effect without having to reload the plugin.
hooks.path : Location of hook executables. If not set, defaults to
hooks.syncHookTimeout : Timeout value in seconds for synchronous hooks. If not set, defaults to 30 seconds.
hooks.changeAbandonedHook : Filename for the change abandoned hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.changeDeletedHook : Filename for the change deleted hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.changeMergedHook : Filename for the change merged hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.changeRestoredHook : Filename for the change restored hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.claSignedHook : Filename for the CLA signed hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.commentAddedHook : Filename for the comment added hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.commitReceivedHook : Filename for the commit received hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.draftPublishedHook : Filename for the draft published hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.hashtagsChangedHook : Filename for the hashtags changed hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.patchsetCreatedHook : Filename for the patchset created hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.projectCreatedHook : Filename for the project created hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.refUpdateHook : Filename for the ref update hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.refUpdatedHook : Filename for the ref updated hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.reviewerAddedHook : Filename for the reviewer added hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.reviewerDeletedHook : Filename for the reviewer update hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.submitHook : Filename for the submit hook. If not set, defaults to
hooks.topicChangedHook : Filename for the topic changed hook. If not set, defaults to
If gerrit.canonicalWebUrl is not set in
--change-url flag may not be passed to all hooks. Hooks started out of an SSH context (for example the
patchset-created hook) don‘t know the server’s web URL, unless this variable is configured.
If execution of a hook failed (i.e. it returned a non-zero exit code) the exit code is logged at error level. Likewise, if a hook timed out or was cancelled, this is logged at error level.
Any output (including both stdout and stderr) from the hook is logged at debug level.
To make debug logs visible in Gerrit's log file, debug logging must be enabled for the
com.googlesource.gerrit.plugins.hooks package. This can be done by setting the log level at runtime with the ssh command:
ssh -p 29418 user@gerrit gerrit logging set-level DEBUG com.googlesource.gerrit.plugins.hooks
Note that setting the log level at runtime only works for loggers that have already been created. Loggers that get created after the level was set will still be created with the default level.
To set the level for all loggers, it is necessary to do it by editing the
log4j.properties file. This requires the Gerrit server to be restarted.