Pipeline Logs and Notifications in AWS CodePipeline


Pipeline logs and notifications are essential components of AWS CodePipeline that provide valuable insights into your continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) workflows. Pipeline logs help you track the execution of your pipeline stages and actions, while notifications keep you informed about the status of your pipeline. This tutorial will guide you through leveraging pipeline logs and setting up notifications in AWS CodePipeline to monitor your CI/CD processes effectively.


  • An AWS account with access to AWS CodePipeline and the necessary permissions to view logs and configure notifications.
  • Existing pipelines in AWS CodePipeline or the ability to create new ones for testing purposes.
  • Basic understanding of CI/CD concepts and familiarity with AWS CodePipeline components.

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Viewing Pipeline Logs

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

2. Select the pipeline you want to view the logs for and click on the "View execution history" link.

3. In the execution history, click on a specific execution to see the detailed logs for each stage and action. You can expand and collapse each section to focus on specific parts of the pipeline.

Step 2: Configuring Notifications

1. In the AWS CodePipeline console, select the pipeline for which you want to set up notifications.

2. Click on the "Edit" button to modify the pipeline configuration.

3. Scroll down to the "Notification Rules" section and click on "Add rule" to create a new notification rule.

4. Configure the notification rule by selecting the events you want to receive notifications for (e.g., pipeline state changes, stage state changes) and choosing the target for the notification (e.g., Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS)).

5. Save the changes to apply the notification rule to the pipeline.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Not enabling pipeline logs, which makes it difficult to diagnose and troubleshoot issues.
  • Forgetting to configure notifications, resulting in a lack of awareness about pipeline status and updates.
  • Overlooking the importance of regularly reviewing pipeline logs and notifications.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How can I access the pipeline logs programmatically?
    A: You can use the AWS CLI or SDKs to access pipeline logs programmatically. The AWS CLI command aws codepipeline get-pipeline-execution can retrieve the logs for a specific pipeline execution.
  2. Q: Can I export pipeline logs to an external logging service?
    A: Yes, you can configure AWS CloudWatch Logs to export the pipeline logs to other services like Amazon S3 or Amazon Elasticsearch for further analysis and retention.
  3. Q: How can I be notified when a pipeline execution fails?
    A: By setting up a notification rule in AWS CodePipeline, you can receive notifications via email, SMS, or other supported channels when a pipeline execution fails.
  4. Q: Can I customize the content or format of the pipeline notifications?
    A: Yes, you can use AWS Lambda functions to customize the content or format of the notifications before they are sent to the target. This allows you to tailor the notifications to your specific needs.
  5. Q: Are there any limits on the number of notifications I can set up?
    A: Yes, there are certain limits on the number of notification rules you can configure per pipeline. For more information on these limits, refer to the AWS CodePipeline documentation.


Pipeline logs and notifications play a crucial role in monitoring and staying informed about your CI/CD workflows in AWS CodePipeline. By leveraging pipeline logs, you can gain valuable insights into the execution of your pipeline stages and actions, helping you track issues and troubleshoot effectively. Configuring notifications ensures that you receive timely updates about the status of your pipeline, enabling you to take immediate action when needed. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can harness the power of pipeline logs and notifications to enhance your CI/CD processes in AWS CodePipeline.