Is there an environment variable for the build start date and time? I need this value within my workflow config so that I can use it as part of a notification I am sending out.
You can just run
date to get the current date/time. If you want it in a variable, you can do:
and then use
Sorry I should clarify that I need the start date of when the workflow was triggered.
Basically what is shown here:
Hmm, not sure. Will they always be triggered by a code push? If so, you could parse the last Git commit for a timestamp.
However, this won’t get an accurate workflow start for (a) scheduled jobs and (b) rebuilds.
It’s obviously stored by CircleCI somewhere. I might just submit a support ticket, thanks!
Exposing that info might need to be requested at https://circleci.com/ideas.
Ah, here’s an idea!
- In your first job, create a folder and write a timestamp to a file inside it (or if you do not have a consistent first job for all workflows, create a new job just for this purpose)
- Declare the folder as a workspace
- For every job that needs this data, restore the workspace
- Read the timestamp information from the file
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