Monitoring and Troubleshooting Pipelines in AWS CodePipeline


Monitoring and troubleshooting are essential aspects of maintaining healthy and efficient pipelines in AWS CodePipeline. By proactively monitoring your pipelines, you can identify issues and bottlenecks, while troubleshooting helps in resolving any unexpected problems that may occur during the pipeline execution. This tutorial will guide you through the process of effectively monitoring and troubleshooting pipelines in AWS CodePipeline to ensure smooth operation and fast issue resolution.


  • An AWS account with access to AWS CodePipeline and the necessary permissions to monitor and troubleshoot pipelines.
  • Basic understanding of CI/CD concepts and familiarity with AWS CodePipeline components.
  • Existing pipelines in AWS CodePipeline or the ability to create new ones.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Monitoring Pipeline Execution

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

2. Select the pipeline you want to monitor and review the pipeline details, including the current execution status, source revisions, and stages.

3. Use CloudWatch Logs to monitor the logs generated during pipeline execution. You can access the logs by navigating to the CloudWatch service, selecting the appropriate log group, and reviewing the log streams.

Step 2: Troubleshooting Pipeline Issues

1. If a pipeline fails or encounters issues, review the pipeline execution details to identify the failing stage or action.

2. Check the CloudWatch Logs for error messages or any relevant information that can help diagnose the problem.

3. Use the AWS CodePipeline console or the AWS CLI to retry or rerun failed stages or actions. For example, you can use the following AWS CLI command to retry a failed action in a pipeline:

aws codepipeline retry-stage-execution --pipeline-name MyPipeline --stage-name MyStage

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not actively monitoring pipeline execution and relying solely on notifications for issues.
  • Overlooking the importance of reviewing CloudWatch Logs for troubleshooting.
  • Attempting to troubleshoot without understanding the underlying error messages or failure causes.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: Can I receive notifications when a pipeline execution fails?
    A: Yes, AWS CodePipeline integrates with AWS Simple Notification Service (SNS), allowing you to receive email, SMS, or other notifications when a pipeline execution fails.
  2. Q: How can I debug a failed pipeline?
    A: Reviewing the CloudWatch Logs is the first step in debugging a failed pipeline. Look for error messages, stack traces, or any relevant information that can help identify the root cause of the failure.
  3. Q: What if a stage or action fails repeatedly?
    A: If a stage or action consistently fails, it may indicate an issue with the configuration or the underlying resources. Review the error messages, check the permissions, and ensure that the necessary resources are available and accessible.
  4. Q: Can I manually pause or stop a pipeline execution?
    A: Yes, you can use the AWS CodePipeline console or the AWS CLI to manually pause or stop a pipeline execution. This can be helpful when you need to halt the pipeline temporarily or stop it permanently.
  5. Q: Are there any AWS services that can help with advanced monitoring and troubleshooting?
    A: Yes, you can integrate AWS CloudWatch Events and AWS X-Ray with AWS CodePipeline to gain deeper insights into pipeline execution and enable advanced monitoring and troubleshooting capabilities.


Monitoring and troubleshooting pipelines in AWS CodePipeline is crucial for maintaining smooth operation and resolving issues promptly. In this tutorial, we covered the steps to effectively monitor pipeline execution, including reviewing pipeline details and using CloudWatch Logs. We also discussed troubleshooting techniques, such as identifying failing stages and actions, reviewing error messages, and retrying failed actions. By following best practices and actively monitoring your pipelines, you can ensure efficient and reliable CI/CD workflows in AWS CodePipeline.