You can enable the "Ignored Build Step" field by referring to the documentation of this feature. If the command returns "0", the build will be skipped. If, however, a code "1" or greater is returned, then a new deployment will be built.
One of the most important aspects of this feature is to understand how Vercel clones your code. The platform performs a "shallow clone" with the command
git clone --depth=10 (...), to fetch ten levels of git commit history.
To run a bash script in the "Ignored Build Step", you need to set the following in the field:
bash script.sh. Do notice the file should exist in your repository. An example of a bash script:
Note: You can also use Node scripts (e.g.
#!/bin/bash echo "VERCEL_ENV: $VERCEL_ENV" if [[ "$VERCEL_ENV" == "production" ]] ; then # Proceed with the build echo "✅ - Build can proceed" exit 1; else # Don't build echo "🛑 - Build cancelled" exit 0; fi
By using this command, Vercel will only build deployments when the value of "VERCEL_ENV" is "production". That variables was added to the Environment Variables UI which makes it available for the project.
You can create a command referenceing System Environment Variables directly in the Ignored Build Step field:
if [ "$VERCEL_ENV" == "production" ]; then exit 1; else exit 0; fi
Below is an example script that will conditionally build certain branches:
#!/bin/bash echo "VERCEL_GIT_COMMIT_REF: $VERCEL_GIT_COMMIT_REF" if [[ "$VERCEL_GIT_COMMIT_REF" == "staging" || "$VERCEL_GIT_COMMIT_REF" == "main" ]] ; then # Proceed with the build echo "✅ - Build can proceed" exit 1; else # Don't build echo "🛑 - Build cancelled" exit 0; fi
Before you proceed, keep in mind the Ignored Build Step runs in the same folder your selected "Root Directory". Therefore, you may need to adjust it slightly so it can fit your needs. To build a new deployment considering only a certain folder, you can use the following command:
git diff HEAD^ HEAD --quiet ./packages/frontend/
By using this command, Vercel will only build deployments when changes are made inside of the
packages/frontend/ directory. If the folder
./packages/frontend/ is your selected "Root Directory", then you can use:
git diff HEAD^ HEAD --quiet .
You can also access other folders in your deployment to check for changes. If you are building your frontend with
packages/web selected as your "Root Directory", and your app must be deployed only when changes to
../../packages/docs are made, you can use:
git diff HEAD^ HEAD --quiet ../../packages/docs
To debug the Ignored Build Step commands locally, it is important to first use a folder that can replicate the setup available on Vercel. To do this, you can apply the following steps:
- Clone the repository to another folder using
git clone --depth=10 (...).
- Run the command or script in your terminal.
- You can check the exit code returned by the last command with