To get a value from a release variable of type key-value map and use the value in a text field, you can add a Jython Script task that gets the value and stores it in another variable.

Suppose a template contains a variable called ${meals} of type key-value map. The variable contains:

Key Value
breakfast eggs
lunch salad
dinner ratatouille

Another variable, called ${mealtime}, can have the value breakfast, lunch, or dinner. This example will show how to get the value salad when the ${mealtime} variable is set to lunch.

Using a script solution

In a script, you can use the following Python syntax to get the value:


However, using this syntax in a text field does not work because variables are replaced literally in tasks (they are not interpreted).

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Task variable replacement

Instead, you should add a Jython Script task that will get the value from the key-value map and store it in a new variable called ${mymeal}.

Add a variable and a script

First, go to the template’s Variables screen and create a variable called ${mymeal}. Be sure to clear the Required and Show on Create Release form options.

Edit my meal

You can now use ${mymeal} in tasks without it interfering the creation of a release.

Next, add a Jython Script task called “Set mymeal variable” and move it just before the task that will use the ${mymeal} variable. The template will look like:

Template with set my meal variable as first task

In the Jython Script task, you can read and set variables using a Python dictionary called releaseVariables. This is the script in the “Set mymeal variable” task:

releaseVariables['mymeal'] = ${meals}['${mealtime}']

Configure security settings

Because the script sets a release variable by modifying releaseVariables, you must ensure that the release has the required permissions. In the template, go to the Properties screen and set Run script as user and Password to the user name and password of a user that has write permissions on the release.

Run automated tasks as user

Create and start the release

Now, you can create a release from the template and start it.

Let's have salad