How can I build from a private repository on Bitbucket?

A private Git repository on Bitbucket can be accessed using either SSH or HTTPS. The preferred method is to always use SSH and a SSH key pair. Only use HTTPS if you have no choice.

The first step to using a private Git repository on Bitbucket using a repository SSH key is to generate the SSH key pair to be used with that repository. Remember that it is recommended to use a distinct SSH key pair. Do not use your primary identity SSH key as you will need to upload the private key file of the SSH key pair to OpenShift.

$ ssh-keygen -C "openshift-source-builder/repo@bitbucket" -f repo-at-bitbucket -N ''

To register the repository SSH key with your private repository on Bitbucket, go to the Settings for the repository.

On Bitbucket the repository SSH key is referred to by the term Access key. Search down the settings page and find the Access keys section and select it.

Click on the Add key button. In the popup window, give the key a name and paste in the contents of the public key file from the SSH key pair. This is the file with the .pub extension, which in this example is called

Bitbucket repository SSH keys provide read-only access and it is not possible to enable them as having write access.

Upon clicking on Add key the key will be registered for the repository.

The next step is to create a secret in OpenShift to hold the private key of the SSH key pair. When using the command line, to create the secret run:

$ oc create secret generic repo-at-bitbucket \
     --from-file=ssh-privatekey=repo-at-bitbucket \

Enable access to the secret from the builder service account:

$ oc secrets link builder repo-at-bitbucket

To create a new build and deployment using oc new-app, which uses this source secret, supply the --source-secret option to oc new-app.

$ oc new-app \
    --source-secret repo-at-bitbucket --name mysite

If only creating a new build, supply --source-secret to the oc new-build command instead.

$ oc new-build \
    --source-secret repo-at-bitbucket --name mysite

If you have an existing build configuration that you need to update to use the source secret, run oc set build-secret.

$ oc set build-secret mysite repo-at-bitbucket --source

If the OpenShift cluster you are using is located behind a corporate firewall and SSH connections are blocked, you need to use a personal access token and HTTPS connection rather than SSH.

From the web interface of Bitbucket browse to your Bitbucket settings.

On Bitbucket a personal access token is referred to by the term App password. Search down the settings page and find the App passwords section, click on it and then Create app password.

Enter in a name for the token and enable the Read checkbox against Repositories. This ensures that a user of the personal access token has read-only access to any repositories.

They will still be able to read any repositories the account has write access to. This is one of the reasons why read-only repository SSH keys bound to a specific repository are preferred.

When you are done with setting the permissions for the personal access token, click on Create and you will be shown the value of the token. Make sure you make a copy of this as you cannot view it later on in the Bitbucket settings.

Create the secret from the command line using the oc create secret command.

$ oc create secret generic user-at-bitbucket \
    --from-literal=username=machineuser \
    --from-literal=password=accesstoken \

You will need to supply the name of the user account which the personal access token was created under as the value to username. It is better to create a machine user account for an organization, which has access to the repository, rather than use a personal user account. Also supply the access token as the value to password.

Run oc secrets link to allow the builder service account to use it.

$ oc secrets link builder user-at-bitbucket

To create a new build and deployment using oc new-app, which uses this source secret, supply the --source-secret option to oc new-app, passing the name of the secret. Similarly, supply --source-secret to oc new-build if creating just a build.

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