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    Compare Builds

    GoCD allows you to compare any two builds of a pipeline and see exactly what changes happened between those two instances. The information in this view will include:

    • Code checkins
    • Upstream pipelines
    • Story/defect numbers (when linked to a tracking tool)

    Accessing Pipeline Compare

    There are several locations from where the Pipeline Compare feature can be invoked. These include:

    • Pipelines Dashboard page (the “Compare” link in each pipeline)
    • Environments page
    • Stage Details page
    • Stage History widget within the Stage Details page

    Understanding the Pipeline Compare Screen

    The Pipeline Compare screen lets you compare any two instances of a pipeline. Every pipeline instance is associated with a set of changes; be it a source control modification or an upstream pipeline. Performing a compare lets you easily identify exactly what these changes were.


    1. To/from search box: You can search for the appropriate pipeline instance using any of the following - pipeline label, check-in comment, person who checked in, upstream pipeline label and revision.
    2. Upstream dependency changes: All the changes to upstream pipelines within the search range.
    3. Changes to version control systems: All check-ins that went into dependent VCS materials within the search range.
    4. Tracking tool integration: If you’ve configured a tracking tool integration for this pipeline or any upstream pipelines, check-in comments containing story/defect/ticket numbers would be hyperlinked to the appropriate tracking tool.

    Using Pipeline History

    You can also select a pipeline by browsing the pipeline history.


    Steps to select a particular instance from the history:

    1. Click on the search box
    2. Click on “Browse the timeline”
    3. Browse the history and select a pipeline