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Outbound requests

This page describes any outbound network requests made by Octopus and Tentacle, and what information is included when Octopus checks for updates.

Outbound requests by Tentacle

For security reasons, we minimize the number of outbound requests made by the Tentacle deployment agent. The only outbound requests you should see are for:

It’s possible that scripts in your packages may make outbound requests; in this case you should take care when deploying packages created by a third party.

Outbound requests by Octopus

The Octopus Server makes the following outbound requests:

  1. Pushing packages and deployment instructions, and checking the health, of Tentacles.
  2. Downloading packages from the NuGet feeds that you configure.
  3. Windows Azure traffic (only when deploying to an Azure deployment target).
  4. Checking for updates (if enabled).
  5. Checking for updated built-in step templates (if enabled).
  6. Checking for updated community contributed step templates (if enabled).
  7. Behavioral telemetry is sent to https://telemetry.octopus.com (if enabled).

Built-in step templates

From Octopus 2022.1 some built-in step templates can be automatically updated. Octopus will make requests to the following URLs in order to check for and download updated versions of step templates:

  • steps-feed.octopus.com
  • stepsprodpackages.blob.core.windows.net. The infrastructure for the service that hosts the updated versions of step templates runs in Azure.

Community contributed step templates

Our community contributed step template integration queries library.octopus.com for updates.

What information is included when Octopus checks for updates?

By default, Octopus will periodically check for new releases. You can opt-out of checking for updates by navigating to Configuration ➜ Settings ➜ Updates in Octopus.

When the “Check for updates” option is enabled, Octopus will make a HTTPS request to the octopus.com domain every 8 hours. This request includes:

  • The current Octopus Deploy version number that you are running.
  • A unique installation ID.

Microsoft Azure The Octopus.com site is hosted on Microsoft Azure, so you will see traffic going to Azure services.

Disabling outbound requests

In isolated/air-gapped scenarios without access to the internet, it may prove beneficial to disable attempts to contact these external services to prevent failed tasks and/or errors in the logs. Details on how to disable each feature are as follows:

  • Octopus Server updates
    • Via the Web Portal: Configuration ➜ Settings ➜ Updates
    • Via the CLI configure command: Octopus.Server.exe configure --upgradeCheck=false
  • Built-in step template updates
    • Via the Web Portal: Configuration ➜ Features ➜ Step Template Updates
  • Community step updates
    • Via the Web Portal: Configuration ➜ Features ➜ Community Step Templates
  • Telemetry
    • Via the Web Portal: Configuration ➜ Telemetry
    • Via the CLI configure command: Octopus.Server.exe configure --sendTelemetry=false
  • Dynamic Extensions
    • Via the CLI configure command: Octopus.Server.exe configure --dynamicExtensionsEnabled=false

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Page updated on Sunday, January 1, 2023