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Upgrading to Rundeck 3.3

Upgrading to Rundeck 3.3


This document highlights changes for users upgrading from Rundeck 3.2. See other Upgradingopen in new window Documents if you are upgrading from 3.1 or earlier.



For MySQL users: Starting with Rundeck 3.3.4 the MySQL JDBC driver will no longer be bundled in any of the distributions(war, deb, rpm, Docker, etc). You must take action for Rundeck to continue connecting to the database after upgrading.

The MariaDB Connector/J JDBC driver will continue to be bundled with Rundeck, and can be used as a replacement.

For deb, rpm, and war
Set the following in


For Docker
Set the following environment variable:


Single-Sign On Changes

The Login Redirect URI has changed and will need to be updated for SSO to work.


The new Okta Rundeck Base URL has changed to <rundeck base url>/login/oauth2/code/okta


The Ping redirect callback url will be: https://{your-rundeck-host}/login/oauth2/code/ping (Ping requires this to be an https endpoint)

Auto Configuration

The Rundeck Oauth2 configuration now has support for auto configuration from your OIDC compliant provider. To use the auto configuration you only need to supply the base url to your oauth provider endpoint, your client id and client secret, and Rundeck will do the rest. For full details on Auto configurations use the documentation here.



In order to enhance the security of the communication between your oauth provider and Rundeck, you must supply an additional jwkSetUri property.

This allows Rundeck to obtain the signing keys necessary to verify the jwt tokens sent from your oauth provider.

Please see the documentation here for detailed instructions and property format.

Incompatible plugin versions

You must delete old versions of the following plugins from your libext folder.

Any prior version of http-notification-1.0.7.jar
Any prior version of rundeck-jasypt-encryption-plugin-3.3.0.jar

(Enterprise Only)
Any prior version of rundeckpro-pagerduty-plugins-3.3.0.jar

Log4j 2 Notes

Upgrading to log4j 2


If you have custom plugins that used log4j 1.x or logback to do logging, you will need to upgrade them to use slf4j logging apis or log4j2 logging apis.

If you are using the launcher or war in a container, the first time you run Rundeck 3.3.x a file will be created for you.

If you are using the rpm or deb package a file should be added to your configuration directory when you upgrade the package.

If you have customized your old file you will need to ensure that it complies to the log4j2 format, then you can rename it to in your configuration directory

Please refer to the Log4j 2 documentationopen in new window to see how to update your old to be compliant with the new log4j2 format.

Tomcat Installations


Rundeck 3.3.x requires a new system property to define the destination for your Rundeck logs to be set in your Tomcat launch JAVA_OPTS.

Ensure you have set the rundeck.server.logDir to the directory that will hold your Rundeck logs. Full Tomcat setup instructionsopen in new window.

$ cat
JAVA_OPTS="$JAVA_OPTS -XX:MaxPermSize=512m -Xmx2048m -Xms512m -server -Drdeck.base=/path/to/rundeck.base -Drundeck.config.location=/path/to/rundeck.base/server/config/ -Drundeck.server.logDir=/path/to/rundeck.base/server/logs"

Context Path Property Change


If you operate Rundeck under a custom URL path it may fail to function properly without this configuration change!

When running Rundeck under Tomcat or behind a load balancer on a custom path (ie it is necessary to inform Rundeck of the base path. This configuration property has changed with the upgrade to Grails 4 and Spring Boot 2.x. The new property is server.servlet.context-path and is placed in

Old Property

New Property

Docker images will utilize the same environment variable.

JSCH Node Executor timeouts and environment variables


RD_* remote environment variables will no longer be sent by default when using JSCH node executor. You can turn them back on with a configuration change.

A bug fixopen in new window has changed the default behavior of the built-in SSH node executor (JSCH).

This will affect you if:

  • You make use of RD_* environment variables sent to remote nodes, which require the sshd server to configure AcceptEnv to accept them.

Old Behavior:

Rundeck would always send RD_* environment variables when making a SSH connection via JSCH. However if the remote sshd server did not accept those variables, it would send an error that JSCH would quietly ignore.

New Behavior:

Because of the fix for connection timeout, JSCH no longer ignores the error response from remote sshd. This can cause the SSH connection to fail unless the remote sshd server uses the AcceptEnv configuration.

As a safer default, Rundeck no longer sends RD_* environment variables by default.

You can turn on sending the remote environment variables with a new SSH configuration option ssh-send-env which is default to false.

You can enable this using at a global, project, or node level:

  • Framework default for all nodes in all projects: framework.ssh-send-env=true
  • Project default for all nodes in a project: project.ssh-send-env=true
  • Node attribute for a single node: ssh-send-env: true

rd-acl Tool Removed

The rd-acl CLI tool has been removed from the Rundeck server package. It has migrated to be an extension for rdopen in new window, the official Rundeck CLI client tool.

The rd acl extension is bundled with rd version 1.3.0.

Invoke the command rd acl to replace the functionality of rd-acl.

Please report any issues on the rd-ext-acl githubopen in new window.

Webhook Plugins


Webhook Plugins built for Rundeck 3.2 will no longer work due to a Java interface change.

Webhook plugins must now return a WebhookResponder from the onEvent method in the plugin. A null can be returned to use the DefaultWebhookResponder.

Please see the Development > Webhook Plugins document for more detail.

Node step error handler behavior change


Node Step error handlers will no longer run on all nodes from the original step, only on the failed nodes.

A bug fixopen in new window changes the behavior of Error Handlers for Node Steps: the error handler step will run only on the failed nodes of the step. Previously the error handler would execute on all nodes of the original step, regardless of which individual nodes failed.

API Version Deprecation

API Version 11 is the current API Deprecation Level, and will become the API Minimum Version in future Rundeck release version 3.4.0.

Clients using API version 10 or earlier should upgrade to use API version 11 minimum before then.

Server session timeout property name change

If you have customized the server.session.timeout property in your installation, please update the property name to server.servlet.session.timeout as this is the new correct property name.

Docker Image Upgraded


Installed plugins must be compatible with OpenJDK 11 for use with the official Docker image.

The official Docker images have had their base OS upgraded from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04.

The installed JVM in this image is now OpenJDK 11.