exec mixin

Run a command or script.

✅ Learn how to use the exec mixin with our Exec Mixin Best Practice Guide

Source: https://porter.sh/src/pkg/exec

Install or Upgrade

porter mixin install exec

Mixin Syntax

  description: "Description of the command"
  command: cmd # The command to run, must be on the PATH
  arguments: # arguments to pass to the command
  - arg1
  - arg2
  flags: # flags to pass to the command, porter determines if it is a long (--flag) or short flag (-f)
    a: flag-value
    long-flag: true
    repeated-flag: # Use an array if a flag must be specified multiple times with different values
    - flag-value1
    - flag-value2
  suffix-arguments: # These arguments are specified after any flags are passed
  - suffix-arg1
  envs: # Environment variables to be added to the command execution environment
    FOO_KEY: foo-value
  suppress-output: false # Do not print the command output to the console
  ignoreError: # Conditions when execution should continue even if the command fails
    all: true # Ignore all errors 
    exitCodes: # Ignore failed commands that return the following exit codes
      - 1
      - 2
    output: # Ignore failed commands based on the contents of stderr
      contains: # Ignore when stderr contains a substring
      regex: # Ignore when stderr matches a regular expression
  outputs: # Collect values from the command and make it available as an output
  - name: NAME
    jsonPath: JSONPATH # Scrape stdout with a json path expression
  - name: NAME
    regex: GOLANG_REGULAR_EXPRESSION # Scrape stdout with a regular expression
  - name: NAME
    path: FILEPATH # Save the contents of a file

This is executed as:

$ cmd arg1 arg2 -a flag-value --long-flag true --repeated-flag flag-value1 --repeated-flag flag-value2 suffix-arg1

Suppress Output

The suppress-output field controls whether output from the mixin should be prevented from printing to the console. By default, this value is false, using Porter’s default behavior of hiding known sensitive values. When suppress-output: true all output from the mixin (stderr and stdout) are hidden.

Step outputs (below) are still collected when output is suppressed. This allows you to prevent sensitive data from being exposed while still collecting it from a command and using it in your bundle.

Ignore Error

In some cases, you may need to have the bundle continue executing when a mixin command fails. For example when the command fails because the resource already exists.

You can ignore errors based on:

  • All - Ignore all errors from the command.
  • ExitCodes - Ignore errors when one of the specified exit codes are returned.
  • Output Contains - Ignore errors when the command’s stderr contains the specified string.
  • Output Regex - Ignore errors when the command’s stderr matches the specified regular expression (in Go syntax).

Porter only prints out that an error was ignored in debug mode.


The mixin supports outputs of various types:


The jsonPath output treats stdout like a json document and applies the expression, saving the result to the output.

- name: NAME
  jsonPath: JSONPATH

For example, if the jsonPath expression was $[*].id and the command sent the following to stdout:

    "id": "1085517466897181794",
    "name": "my-vm"

Then the output would have the following contents:


When you are developing your jsonPath expression, you can specify the –debug flag, and the full json document with your query are printed to stderr so that you can troubleshoot and improve your query based on the real result of the mixin’s execution.

Note: Porter attempts to preserve the original format of numeric values, so if the value is in scientific notation, the captured output should also be in scientific notation. Conversely, if the original number was not in scientific notation, then the captured value should also not be in scientific notation. Please open a bug if you find that the format doesn’t match what you expected.

Regular Expressions

The regex output applies a Go-syntax regular expression to stdout and saves every capture group, one per line, to the output.

- name: NAME

For example, if the regex expression was --- FAIL: (.*) \(.*\) and the command send the following to stdout:

--- FAIL: TestMixin_Install (0.00s)
--- FAIL: TestMixin_Upgrade (0.00s)

Then the output would have the following contents:


File Paths

The path output saves the content of the specified file path to an output.

- name: kubeconfig
  path: /home/nonroot/.kube/config


See exec outputs for a full working example.

Run a command

- exec:
    description: "Install Hello World"
    command: make
    - install

Run a script

- exec:
    description: "Install Hello World"
    command: ./install-world.sh


How do I use pipes?

If you have a command that pipes, place the command in a script file and then use the exec mixin to invoke that script passing in any parameters that the script requires as arguments.