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A Charlesbot plugin that integrates with Rundeck

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A Charlesbot plugin that integrates with Rundeck!

How does this work

This plugin adds the following !help targets:

!lock status - Prints the status of the Rundeck deployment lock
!lock acquire - Acquires the Rundeck deployment lock (only available to Slack admins)
!lock release - Releases the Rundeck deployment lock (only available to Slack admins)

The !lock commands are designed to give folks the ability to quickly and efficiently disable (or enable) individual Rundeck jobs. This is very useful when troubleshooting a production issue where you don’t want additional deployments going out and adding fuel to the fire.


pip install charlesbot-rundeck

Instructions for how to run Charlesbot are over at


In your Charlesbot config.yaml, enable this plugin by adding the following entry to the main section:

    - 'charlesbot_rundeck.rundeck.Rundeck'

Create a rundeck section that looks something similar to:

  token: 'XXXX'  # Rundeck token
  url: 'http://my.rundeck.test:4440'  # Rundeck base URL

  # If you would like to set this channel's topic to something relevant
  # whenever Rundeck jobs are locked, set this value. Otherwise you can omit
  # it completely.
  deployment_status_channel: 'charlesbot-rundeck-test-channel'

  # project: project name
  # name: job name
  # friendly_name: friendly display name
    - project: 'test-project'
      name: 'deploy-website'
      friendly_name: 'deploy website'
    - project: 'test-project'
      name: 'deploy-app'
      friendly_name: 'deploy app'

Rundeck ACL Policy

Make sure you have a apitoken.aclpolicy file that looks something like:

description: API project level access control
  project: '.*' # all projects
  # ...
    - allow: '*'
  # ...
  group: api_token_group

You essentially need to give the api_token_group the ability to enable and disable executions for all jobs in all projects (more details)


Rundeck 2.6.2 introduces the ability to enable or disable passive mode programatically using the system/executions endpoint. This endpoint unfortunately did not work for this use-case because it disables all Rundeck job executions. This plugin is more geared towards folks who would rather disable individual job executions.


At a very minimum, you’ll need Python 3.4.3, a functional Docker environment, and a Slack bot token to get going. I highly recommend you read the Charlesbot docs to get an idea of how this all fits together.

Create a local development.yaml file that looks something like the following.

  slackbot_token: 'xoxb-...'
    - 'charlesbot_rundeck.rundeck.Rundeck'

  token: 'baiY8aw4Ieng0aQuoo'
  url: 'http://my.rundeck.test:4440'
  deployment_status_channel: 'charlesbot-rundeck-test-channel'
    - project: 'test-project'
      name: 'deploy-website'
      friendly_name: 'deploy website'
    - project: 'test-project'
      name: 'deploy-app'
      friendly_name: 'deploy app'

Add the following entry to your /etc/hosts file. my.rundeck.test

Start up a local Rundeck Docker instance.

make rundeck-server

After your Rundeck instance is up and running, seed it with some sample project/job data.

make rundeck-server-bootstrap

After you have all of this in place, you should be ready to spin up your local Charlesbot instance!

make run


See the LICENSE.txt file for license rights and limitations (MIT).

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