Platform.sh YAML tags

In addition to the basic functions you should be familiar with, YAML allows for special tags. Platform.sh accepts certain custom tags to facilitate working with configuration files.

These tags work with Platform.sh configuration files, but may not elsewhere.

Include 

Use the !include tag to embed external files within a given YAML file.

The tag requires two properties:

Property Type Possible values Description
type string string, binary, or yaml See the descriptions of strings, binaries, and YAML. Defaults to yaml.
path string The path to the file to include, relative to the directory the YAML file is in.

string 

Use string to include an external file inline in the YAML file as if entered as a multi-line string.

For example, if you have a build hook like the following:

.platform.app.yaml
hooks:
    build: |
        set -e
        cp a.txt b.txt        

You could create a file for the script:

build.sh
set -e
cp a.txt b.txt

And replace the hook with an include tag for an identical result:

.platform.app.yaml
hooks:
    build: !include
        type: string
        path: build.sh

This helps you break longer configuration like build scripts out into a separate file for easier maintenance.

binary 

Use binary to include an external binary file inline in the YAML file. The file is base64 encoded.

For example, you could include a favicon.ico file in the same folder as your app configuration. Then you can include it as follows:

.platform.app.yaml
properties:
    favicon: !include
        type: binary
        path: favicon.ico

yaml 

Use yaml to include an external YAML file inline as if entered directly. Because yaml is the default, you can use it without specifying the type.

For example, you could have your configuration for works defined in a worker.yaml file:

worker.yaml
size: S
commands:
    start: python queue-worker.py
variables:
    env:
        type: worker

Then the following three configurations are exactly equivalent:

.platform.app.yaml
workers:
    queue1: !include "worker.yaml"
.platform.app.yaml
workers:
    queue1: !include
        type: yaml
        path: 'worker.yaml'
.platform.app.yaml
workers:
    queue1: 
        size: S
        commands:
            start: python queue-worker.py
        variables:
            env:
                type: worker

This can help simplify more complex files.

Archive 

Use the !archive tag for a reference to an entire directory specified relative to where the YAML file is.

For example, you might want to define a configuration directory for your Solr service. You might do so as follows:

.platform/services.yaml
mysearch:
    type: solr:8.0
    disk: 1024
    configuration:
        conf_dir: !archive "solr/conf"

The !archive tag means that the value for conf_dir isn’t the string solr/conf but the entire solr/conf directory. This directory is in the .platform directory, since that’s where the services.yaml file is. The solr/conf directory is then copied into the Platform.sh management system to use with the service.