Managing Pipeline Execution in AWS CodePipeline

php Copy code


AWS CodePipeline simplifies the process of building, testing, and deploying code changes by automating the entire CI/CD pipeline. Managing pipeline execution is crucial to ensure a smooth and efficient delivery process for your applications. In this tutorial, we will explore how to effectively handle pipeline execution in AWS CodePipeline, including commands, examples, and best practices to streamline your CI/CD workflows.

Step-by-step Guide

Follow these steps to manage pipeline execution in AWS CodePipeline:

  1. Sign in to AWS Management Console: Log in to your AWS account and navigate to the CodePipeline service.
  2. Select Your Pipeline: Choose the pipeline you want to execute or create a new one if you haven't set up a pipeline yet.
  3. Start Pipeline Execution: Click on the "Release change" button to initiate the pipeline execution. This will trigger the pipeline to start the build, test, and deployment process.
  4. Monitor Pipeline Execution: Monitor the execution progress through the AWS CodePipeline console. You can view the status of each stage and action to identify any issues or failures.
  5. Pause and Stop Execution: If necessary, you can pause or stop the execution to prevent further actions from taking place.
  6. View Execution History: AWS CodePipeline maintains a detailed execution history, allowing you to review previous pipeline runs for auditing and troubleshooting purposes.
  7. View Execution Logs: Access logs for each stage and action to investigate any errors or unexpected behavior.

Example of AWS CLI command to start pipeline execution:

aws codepipeline start-pipeline-execution --name MyPipeline

Common Mistakes

  • Not properly configuring the build, test, or deployment stages, leading to failed executions.
  • Not monitoring the execution progress, resulting in delays in identifying and addressing issues.
  • Overlooking the importance of viewing execution logs, making it difficult to debug failures.
  • Starting execution without verifying that all prerequisites are in place.
  • Pausing or stopping the execution without proper coordination with the team, causing disruptions in the development process.


  1. Q: Can I automate the pipeline execution process?

    Yes, AWS CodePipeline allows you to automate the entire CI/CD pipeline, from code changes to deployment.

  2. Q: How can I trigger pipeline execution automatically?

    You can set up triggers in CodePipeline to automatically start the execution when new code changes are pushed to your repository.

  3. Q: Can I view the real-time progress of the pipeline execution?

    Yes, the CodePipeline console provides real-time status updates on the execution progress.

  4. Q: What happens if an execution fails?

    If an execution fails, CodePipeline will automatically halt the process and notify the relevant stakeholders.

  5. Q: How can I restart a failed execution?

    You can restart a failed execution by fixing the issues and manually triggering the pipeline again.


Effectively managing pipeline execution in AWS CodePipeline is essential for successful and efficient CI/CD workflows. By following the best practices and using the provided tools to monitor and troubleshoot executions, you can streamline your software delivery process and ensure a smooth deployment of your applications.