How to Use AWS Code Build for Continuous Integration and Delivery
AWS Code Build is a service that helps you build and test your code on AWS. You can use it to compile code, run unit tests, and even deploy artifacts to other services like Amazon Elastic Container Service or Amazon API Gateway.
You can also use it to generate reports based on your automated builds. It’s an easy way to automate many of the tasks performed by Jenkins or CircleCI without having to install any software or worry about managing servers yourself.
What is AWS Code Build?
AWS Code Build is a fully managed service that lets you build software projects hosted on GitHub or Bitbucket in a few clicks without having to install, configure, or operate any servers. AWS CodeBuild uses Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) to build your application into containers.
It also provides an API that allows you to integrate AWS CodeBuild into your CI/CD process so that you can automatically build and test when commits are pushed to the repository.
You will find that AWS Code Build builds your code faster than any other cloud service; it’s fast, simple, and easy to use. AWS Code Build can build and test your entire application on a large scale without you having to worry about deploying it.
You can also trigger builds based on events from other AWS services like Amazon Lambda or Amazon EC2.
Examples of how to get started with AWS Code Build.
Here are three examples of how to get started with AWS Code Build.
- Set up an AWS Code Build project, then link it to your Github repository. After that, you can set up a building job and trigger builds based on events from other AWS services like Amazon EC2 or Amazon Lambda. You can then trigger builds based on events from other AWS services, such as Amazon EC2 or Amazon Lambda. Triggering builds by an event is useful when you want to run tests, like making sure your application is always in a deployable state before deploying it.
- Link code build project to a different repo.
- Create a GitHub webhook for automatic builds
- Create the code build project and link a Github repo, then push some code.
- In the AWS CodeBuild console, choose Create project and enter a project name.
- Under Repositories, enter the URL of your source repository and select whether to use SSH or HTTPS for git. You can also create an IAM user with access permissions for this specific repository if you don’t want to make all of your repositories publicly accessible from within AWS CodeBuild (more on that later).
- Click Save to finish creating your new build project and open it in edit mode:
2: Link a code build project to a different repo.
You can link a code build project to a different repo. This is useful if you want to test and build against the latest version of your source code, but are using a branch that isn’t currently available in the master branch.
To link a different commit or commit hash:
- Select Link Source from the Actions menu for an existing CodeBuild project in AWS CodePipeline; then choose your preferred source from the drop-down list.
- Choose Repository Branch, Commit Hash, or Tag Name (depending on your choice) and enter values as needed; then choose Save Changes when finished.
3: Create a GitHub webhook for automatic builds.
Next, set up a webhook in GitHub that automatically triggers a build when you push code changes to your repository (you can also do this with Bitbucket or GitLab).
- Select Settings and then Webhooks & Services under the Integrations section.
- Click Add Webhook at the bottom of the page, which will open up a form where you can configure some options:
- Select “GitHub hook” as your trigger type.
- Set “Frequency” to “Always.” This tells AWS CodeBuild that it should always watch for new commits and build them whenever they happen—no matter what time of day or how often you push updates. The other option here would be “Polling,” which means checking for webhooks about once per hour on average; this is useful if your team is actively working on projects but not committing too often (for example, just after lunch).
AWS Code Build can become a powerful tool in your CI/CD pipeline.
AWS Code Build is a fully managed service that can be used to build and test your code. It also can deploy your code, so you don’t have to worry about setting up any servers or managing them once they’re up.
Once you set up AWS Code Build for continuous integration, it will automatically run tests on your new commits and update your application if there are any errors. This saves developers time and ensures their code works before merging into the master branch.
AWS Code Build gives you the power to create custom pipelines that can integrate with other services like AWS CodePipeline or JenkinsCI and even run tests on Amazon EC2 instances! The possibilities are endless, but ultimately it comes down to knowing where your company stands regarding DevOps practices.