Valid since:
XL Release 4.7.0

XL Release export hooks are a powerful mechanism that allows you to define Jython scripts that export information about completed and aborted releases before they are archived.

You can also create JDBC export hooks. These allow you to insert information about releases into a SQL database; for example, for reporting purposes. JDBC export hooks give you access to the java.sql.Connection object.

You can do this using the community supported XLR-SQL Export hook that can be found on GitHub.

This topic describes how to create a JDBC Export Hook from scratch.

Step 1 Define a new export hook

Add a new synthetic type to conf/synthetic.xml. For example:

<type type="acme.MysqlReportingExportHook" extends="xlrelease.JdbcExportHook" />

Add url as a property of this synthetic type. This allows you to change the value in the user interface and use it in the Jython script. You can also add more properties, such as a username or password. For more information about synthetic types, refer to Create custom configuration types in XL Release.

Step 2 Create a Jython script

The Jython script defines actions that you want to perform with release. The scope contains following variables:

  • exportHook: An object of type ExportHook
  • release: An object of type Release
  • releaseJson: A string with serialized release
  • logger: An object of type org.slf4j.Logger; see Javadoc

In the script, you can get the JDBC connection by calling exportHook.getJdbcConnection(). You can see this in the example on GitHub.

Tip: It is recommended that you use logger instead of print for logging.

Script storage location

Store scripts in the ext directory, which is a part of the classpath. By default, the export hook tries to locate prefix/ on the classpath. In the case of this example, it will be acme/

Alternatively, you can set a customized script path in the scriptLocation property of each export hook:

<type type="acme.MysqlReportingExportHook" extends="xlrelease.JdbcExportHook">
  <property name="scriptLocation" hidden="true" default="mypath/" />

However, it is recommended that you use the default location of ext.

Step 3 Create an instance of the export hook

In XL Release, go to Settings > Shared configuration and configure an instance of your export hook.

Note: Prior to XL Release 6.0.0, go to Settings > Configuration.

Order of execution

All export hooks are executed for all completed releases just before they are archived. The order of execution is not guaranteed.

Failure handling

Each export hook has only one attempt to perform actions on the release. If it fails, it is not retried.

Sample export hook

To learn more about export hooks, download the sample export hook from GitHub and customize it as desired.