Tenant Configuration

After zuul.conf is configured, Zuul component servers will be able to start, but a tenant configuration is required in order for Zuul to perform any actions. The tenant configuration file specifies upon which projects Zuul should operate. These repositories are grouped into tenants. The configuration of each tenant is separate from the rest (no pipelines, jobs, etc are shared between them).

A project may appear in more than one tenant; this may be useful if you wish to use common job definitions across multiple tenants.

The tenant configuration file is specified by the scheduler.tenant_config setting in zuul.conf. It is a YAML file which, like other Zuul configuration files, is a list of configuration objects, though only one type of object is supported: tenant.


A tenant is a collection of projects which share a Zuul configuration. An example tenant definition is:

- tenant:
    name: my-tenant
    max-nodes-per-job: 5
    exclude-unprotected-branches: false
          - common-config
          - shared-jobs:
              include: job
          - zuul-jobs:
              shadow: common-config
          - project1
          - project2:
              exclude-unprotected-branches: true

The following attributes are supported:

tenant.name (required)

The name of the tenant. This may appear in URLs, paths, and monitoring fields, and so should be restricted to URL friendly characters (ASCII letters, numbers, hyphen and underscore) and you should avoid changing it unless necessary.

tenant.source (required)

A dictionary of sources to consult for projects. A tenant may contain projects from multiple sources; each of those sources must be listed here, along with the projects it supports. The name of a connection is used as the dictionary key (e.g. gerrit in the example above), and the value is a further dictionary containing the keys below.

The next two attributes, config-projects and untrusted-projects provide the bulk of the information for tenant configuration. They list all of the projects upon which Zuul will act.

The order of the projects listed in a tenant is important. A job which is defined in one project may not be redefined in another project; therefore, once a job appears in one project, a project listed later will be unable to define a job with that name. Further, some aspects of project configuration (such as the merge mode) may only be set on the first appearance of a project definition.

Zuul loads the configuration from all config-projects in the order listed, followed by all untrusted-projects in order.


A list of projects to be treated as config projects in this tenant. The jobs in a config project are trusted, which means they run with extra privileges, do not have their configuration dynamically loaded for proposed changes, and Zuul config files are only searched for in the master branch.

The items in the list follow the same format described in untrusted-projects.


A list of projects to be treated as untrusted in this tenant. An untrusted-project is the typical project operated on by Zuul. Their jobs run in a more restrictive environment, they may not define pipelines, their configuration dynamically changes in response to proposed changes, and Zuul will read configuration files in all of their branches.


The items in the list may either be simple string values of the project names, or a dictionary with the project name as key and the following values:


Normally Zuul will load all of the Configuration Items appropriate for the type of project (config or untrusted) in question. However, if you only want to load some items, the include attribute can be used to specify that only the specified items should be loaded. Supplied as a string, or a list of strings.

The following configuration items are recognized:

  • pipeline
  • job
  • semaphore
  • project
  • project-template
  • nodeset
  • secret

A list of configuration items that should not be loaded.


A list of projects which this project is permitted to shadow. Normally, only one project in Zuul may contain definitions for a given job. If a project earlier in the configuration defines a job which a later project redefines, the later definition is considered an error and is not permitted. The shadow attribute of a project indicates that job definitions in this project which conflict with the named projects should be ignored, and those in the named project should be used instead. The named projects must still appear earlier in the configuration. In the example above, if a job definition appears in both the common-config and zuul-jobs projects, the definition in common-config will be used.


Define if unprotected github branches should be processed. Defaults to the tenant wide setting of exclude-unprotected-branches.

Default: 5

The maximum number of nodes a job can request. A value of ‘-1’ value removes the limit.

Default: false

When using a branch and pull model on a shared GitHub repository there are usually one or more protected branches which are gated and a dynamic number of personal/feature branches which are the source for the pull requests. These branches can potentially include broken Zuul config and therefore break the global tenant wide configuration. In order to deal with this Zuul’s operations can be limited to the protected branches which are gated. This is a tenant wide setting and can be overridden per project. This currently only affects GitHub projects.

Default: base

If a job is defined without an explicit job.parent attribute, this job will be configured as the job’s parent. This allows an administrator to configure a default base job to implement local policies such as node setup and artifact publishing.