Environment Variables


For most CI providers, nx-cloud is able to determine both NX_BRANCH and NX_CI_EXECUTION_ID automatically.

When running commands on CI, nx-cloud needs to know the current branch and the current CI execution ID (something that uniquely identifies the current CI run or job). If you find you need to provide the NX_BRANCH and NX_CI_EXECUTION_ID env variables manually you will need to set them on the main job and on all agents. The value on the main job must match the value on the agent in each case.

Version Control Integrations

To make the GitHub, BitBucket and GitLab integrations work, NX_BRANCH must be set to the PR number, when available. Any other value will result in the integration failing and you won't get an Nx Cloud Report posted.

Nx Cloud uses NX_CI_EXECUTION_ID to match the agents and the main job. Sometimes you might have multiple main jobs (e.g., when running CI on both Linux and Windows or when running the same commands against different versions of Node.js or Java). In this case you can set the NX_CI_EXECUTION_ENV env variable on main jobs and agents. The main job where the NX_CI_EXECUTION_ENV is set to, say, macos, will connect to the agents with the same env name.


You can also configure the access token by setting the NX_CLOUD_ACCESS_TOKEN environment variable. NX_CLOUD_ACCESS_TOKEN takes precedence over the accessToken property. It's common to have a read-only token stored in nx.json and a read-write token set via NX_CLOUD_ACCESS_TOKEN in CI. If you are using this environment variable with Distributed Task Execution, the value on the main and agent jobs must match.


You can set the encryptionKey property in nx.json or set the NX_CLOUD_ENCRYPTION_KEY environment variable to enable the e2e encryption of your artifacts. In this case, the artifacts will be encrypted/decrypted on your machine.


By default, Nx Cloud requests will time out after 10 seconds. NX_CLOUD_NO_TIMEOUTS disables the timeout.


Setting NX_VERBOSE_LOGGING to true will output the debug information about agents communicating with the main job. This can be useful for debugging unexpected cache misses and issues with on-prem setups.



Older versions of nx-cloud used NX_RUN_GROUP instead of NX_CI_EXECUTION_ID and NX_CI_EXECUTION_ENV. It served the same purpose.


Setting NX_CLOUD_DISTRIBUTED_EXECUTION_STOP_AGENTS_ON_FAILURE to true will tell Nx Cloud to stop agents if a command fails. We recommend using npx nx-cloud start-ci-run --stop-agents-on-failure=true instead.


Setting NX_CLOUD_DISTRIBUTED_EXECUTION to false disables distributed task execution. We recommend passing --no-dte or --no-agents instead.

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