Deploying Applications with CodePipeline


AWS CodePipeline is a powerful service that enables you to automate the deployment of your applications. It provides a fully managed continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform that helps you deliver software changes quickly and reliably. In this tutorial, we will explore how to use CodePipeline to deploy applications seamlessly.


  • An AWS account with access to AWS CodePipeline and the necessary services for your deployment (e.g., AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda).
  • An existing AWS CodePipeline pipeline or the ability to create one.
  • An application code repository hosted on a supported version control system (e.g., AWS CodeCommit, GitHub).
  • A deployment target environment or service (e.g., an AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment or an AWS Lambda function).

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Set Up Deployment Actions

1. Open the AWS Management Console and navigate to the CodePipeline service.

2. Select the pipeline you want to configure for deployment or create a new pipeline.

3. Add a new stage to your pipeline for deployment. Name the stage appropriately, such as "Deploy" or "Release".

4. Add the appropriate actions to your deployment stage based on your deployment target. For example, if you are deploying to an AWS Elastic Beanstalk environment, you can use the "AWS Elastic Beanstalk Deploy" action.

5. Configure the deployment action with the necessary inputs, such as the application name, environment name, and deployment settings.

Step 2: Configure Deployment Settings

1. In the deployment action configuration, specify the source artifact for deployment. This is typically the build output artifact from the previous stage in your pipeline.

2. Set up any additional deployment settings specific to your deployment target. This may include environment variables, parameter overrides, or security settings.

3. Ensure that the deployment action has the appropriate permissions to deploy to the target environment or service.

Step 3: Triggering Pipeline Execution and Deployment

Once your pipeline is set up, it will automatically trigger whenever changes are pushed to the source code repository. The deployment action in the pipeline will be executed, deploying your application to the specified target environment or service.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not configuring the deployment action correctly, resulting in deployment failures or incorrect configurations.
  • Overlooking security considerations when granting permissions for deployment actions, potentially exposing sensitive data or resources.
  • Not testing the deployment action and pipeline thoroughly before deploying to production environments, leading to unexpected issues or downtime.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I deploy to multiple environments using AWS CodePipeline?
    A: Yes, you can configure multiple deployment actions in a pipeline to target different environments, such as staging, testing, and production.
  2. Q: Can I use AWS CloudFormation for deployment in CodePipeline?
    A: Yes, AWS CodePipeline supports AWS CloudFormation as a deployment action, allowing you to deploy infrastructure as code.
  3. Q: How can I roll back a deployment in AWS CodePipeline?
    A: CodePipeline supports rollbacks by leveraging deployment strategies, including automated rollbacks or manual approvals for rollbacks.
  4. Q: Can I integrate third-party deployment tools with AWS CodePipeline?
    A: Yes, AWS CodePipeline offers integrations with various third-party deployment tools, enabling you to leverage your preferred deployment ecosystem.
  5. Q: Is it possible to customize deployment actions based on specific deployment requirements?
    A: Yes, AWS CodePipeline allows you to customize deployment actions through parameters, scripts, or specific configurations for your deployment targets.


AWS CodePipeline simplifies the deployment of applications by providing a managed CI/CD platform. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can set up deployment actions, configure deployment settings, and trigger deployments automatically based on changes to your code repository. Avoiding common mistakes and considering the FAQs provided will help you optimize your deployment process and ensure smooth and reliable application releases.