AWS CodePipeline

What is AWS CodePipeline?

AWS CodePipeline is a fully managed continuous delivery service that helps you automate your release pipelines for application and infrastructure updates.
You can easily integrate AWS CodePipeline with third-party services such as GitHub or with your own custom plugin.
AWS CodePipeline is a workflow management tool that allows users to construct and manage a process whereby their code can be built, tested and deployed into either a test and/or production environment. When problems occur with any step in the process, the pipeline is halted, thereby ensuring that preventable bugs and errors are not automatically deployed into your environment.

Workflows can be constructed either through the AWS command line, or through an intuitive user interface. Build steps can be configured to use either AWS offerings, third-party tools, or a combination of both.

AWS CodePipeline Features:

  1. CodePipeline provides you with a graphical user interface to create, configure, and manage your pipeline and its various stages and actions.
  2. A pipeline starts automatically (default) when a change is made in the source location, or when you manually start the pipeline. You can also set up a rule in CloudWatch to automatically start a pipeline when events you specify occur.
  3. You can model your build, test, and deployment actions to run in parallel in order to increase your workflow speeds.
  4. AWS CodePipeline can pull source code for your pipeline directly from AWS CodeCommit, GitHub, Amazon ECR, or Amazon S3.
  5. It can run builds and unit tests in AWS CodeBuild.
  6. It can deploy your changes using AWS CodeDeploy, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon ECS, AWS Fargate, Amazon S3, AWS Service Catalog, AWS CloudFormation, and/or AWS OpsWorks Stacks.
  7. You can use the CodePipeline Jenkins plugin to easily register your existing build servers as a custom action.
  8. When you use the console to create or edit a pipeline that has a GitHub source, CodePipeline creates a webhook. A webhook is an HTTP notification that detects events in another tool, such as a GitHub repository, and connects those external events to a pipeline. CodePipeline deletes your webhook when you delete your pipeline.

AWS CodePipeline Benefits:

1) Rapid delivery
AWS CodePipeline automates your software release process, allowing you to rapidly release new features to your users. With CodePipeline, you can quickly iterate on feedback and get new features to your users faster.
2) Configurable workflow
AWS CodePipeline allows you to model the different stages of your software release process using the console interface, the AWS CLI, AWS CloudFormation, or the AWS SDKs.
3)Easy to integrate
AWS CodePipeline can easily be extended to adapt to your specific needs. You can use our pre-built plugins or your own custom plugins in any step of your release process. For example, you can pull your source code from GitHub, use your on-premises Jenkins build server, run load tests using a third-party service, or pass on deployment information to your custom operations dashboard.

AWS CodePipeline Limits:

Maximum number of total pipelines per Region in an AWS account is 300
Number of stages in a pipeline is minimum of 2, maximum of 10

Amazon CodePipeline Pricing:

You are charged per active pipeline each month. Newly created pipelines are free to use during the first 30 days after creation.

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