Managing Pipeline Settings in AWS CodePipeline

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AWS CodePipeline provides several settings that allow you to customize and optimize your CI/CD workflows. Managing pipeline settings is essential to ensure smooth and efficient automation of your software delivery process. In this tutorial, we will explore the various pipeline settings in AWS CodePipeline and how to use them effectively to streamline your development and deployment processes.

Step-by-step Guide

Follow these steps to manage pipeline settings 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 manage or create a new one if you haven't set up a pipeline yet.
  3. Configure Pipeline Settings: Click on the "Edit" button to access the pipeline settings.
  4. Change Pipeline Name: Customize the pipeline name to make it more descriptive and easily identifiable.
  5. Manage Artifacts: Define the artifacts that will be generated in each stage of the pipeline, specifying the location and format.
  6. Adjust Execution Settings: Configure the frequency of pipeline executions, set up manual approval actions, or enable automatic rollback on failures.
  7. Notifications and Logs: Customize notification settings to receive alerts on pipeline events, and configure logging to monitor pipeline activities.
  8. Permissions: Review and manage IAM roles and permissions for each stage to ensure appropriate access control.
  9. Save Changes: Once you have adjusted the settings according to your requirements, save the changes to update the pipeline settings.

Example of AWS CLI command to update pipeline settings:

aws codepipeline update-pipeline --name MyPipeline --pipeline "file://pipeline-settings.json"

Common Mistakes

  • Incorrectly configuring IAM roles and permissions, leading to permission issues during pipeline execution.
  • Not setting up appropriate notifications, which may result in missing critical pipeline events.
  • Overlooking the importance of logging, making it challenging to troubleshoot issues in the pipeline.
  • Enabling automatic rollback without proper testing, causing unnecessary rollbacks and disruptions.
  • Forgetting to save changes after modifying pipeline settings, which results in the old settings being retained.


  1. Q: Can I modify pipeline settings during pipeline execution?

    No, you cannot make changes to pipeline settings while the pipeline is running. You must stop the execution first.

  2. Q: How can I enable cross-account access for my pipeline?

    You can set up cross-account access by configuring the appropriate IAM roles and permissions for the relevant accounts.

  3. Q: Can I set up different notification preferences for different stages?

    Yes, you can customize notification settings for each stage individually.

  4. Q: What happens if I enable automatic rollback?

    If automatic rollback is enabled, CodePipeline will automatically roll back to the last known good state if a failure occurs during deployment.

  5. Q: Can I create a custom action for my pipeline?

    Yes, you can create custom actions using AWS Lambda to perform specific tasks in your pipeline.


Managing pipeline settings in AWS CodePipeline is crucial for optimizing and customizing your CI/CD workflows. By configuring the appropriate settings, you can automate your development and deployment processes efficiently, improve collaboration, and ensure smooth software delivery. Remember to set up permissions, notifications, logs, and artifacts according to your project's requirements to create a robust and effective CI/CD pipeline.