Getting Started with CodePipeline

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AWS CodePipeline is a powerful and fully managed CI/CD service provided by Amazon Web Services. It helps developers automate the build, test, and deployment phases of their applications, making the software release process more efficient and reliable. CodePipeline facilitates the creation of continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines that enable teams to deliver software changes frequently and with confidence.

Setting up a Basic CodePipeline

Let's go through the steps to set up a basic CodePipeline:

  1. Create a Source Repository: Start by setting up a source repository, such as AWS CodeCommit or GitHub, to store your application code.
  2. Create a Build Project: Use AWS CodeBuild to create a build project that compiles your code and generates the build artifacts.
  3. Create a Deployment Stage: Choose the deployment target, such as AWS Elastic Beanstalk or Amazon S3, and configure the necessary settings.
  4. Create a Pipeline: Combine the source repository, build project, and deployment stage into a pipeline using the AWS Management Console or AWS Command Line Interface (CLI).
  5. Run the Pipeline: Once the pipeline is set up, every code change in the source repository will trigger the pipeline, automatically building and deploying the updated application.

Example of AWS CLI commands to create a simple CodePipeline:

aws codepipeline create-pipeline --cli-input-json file://pipeline-definition.json
aws codepipeline start-pipeline-execution --name MyPipeline

Common Mistakes

  • Not properly configuring the IAM roles and permissions for CodePipeline actions.
  • Overlooking the importance of source code version control, leading to difficulties in tracking changes.
  • Skipping automated testing, resulting in potential issues in the production environment.
  • Not validating the pipeline configuration before deployment, causing errors in the pipeline setup.
  • Not monitoring the pipeline's performance and failing to address bottlenecks.


  1. Q: Can I use AWS CodePipeline with third-party build and deployment tools?

    Yes, AWS CodePipeline allows you to integrate with various third-party tools through custom actions.

  2. Q: How can I trigger a pipeline manually for specific changes?

    You can use the AWS Management Console or the AWS CLI to manually start a pipeline execution for specific changes.

  3. Q: What happens if one of the pipeline stages fails?

    If a stage fails, CodePipeline stops the execution, and you have the option to investigate and address the issue.

  4. Q: Can I view the pipeline's execution history?

    Yes, CodePipeline provides a detailed execution history, allowing you to review past pipeline runs.

  5. Q: Does AWS CodePipeline support cross-region deployment?

    Yes, you can set up CodePipeline to deploy your application across different AWS regions.


Getting started with AWS CodePipeline is a straightforward process that empowers development teams to automate their software release workflows effectively. By following the basic steps of creating a pipeline, setting up the source repository and build projects, and defining the deployment stage, developers can begin automating the delivery process for their applications. Remember to avoid common mistakes and thoroughly test your pipeline configuration to ensure smooth and reliable deployments. With AWS CodePipeline, you can significantly improve your software development process and deliver high-quality applications with greater speed and efficiency.