Setting up CodePipeline in AWS

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AWS CodePipeline is a powerful service that enables you to set up a fully automated continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline for your applications on AWS. With CodePipeline, you can automate the building, testing, and deployment of your code changes, streamlining the software release process and reducing manual intervention.

Step-by-step Guide

Follow these steps to set up a basic CI/CD pipeline using AWS CodePipeline:

  1. Source Stage: Choose a source provider such as AWS CodeCommit, GitHub, or Amazon S3. Define your repository and configure the branch to monitor for changes.
  2. Build Stage: Set up a build project using AWS CodeBuild or other supported build tools. Specify the build environment, build commands, and artifacts to generate.
  3. Test Stage (Optional): Add a testing stage using AWS CodeBuild or any other preferred testing framework to perform automated tests on your application.
  4. Deploy Stage: Choose the deployment target, such as AWS Elastic Beanstalk, AWS Lambda, or Amazon S3. Configure deployment settings like region, environment, and other options.
  5. Pipeline Creation: Combine the source, build, test, and deploy stages into a pipeline using the AWS Management Console or AWS CLI.
  6. Save and Execute: Save your pipeline configuration, and it will automatically start executing whenever changes are detected in your source repository.

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.
  • Skipping automated testing, leading to potential issues in the production environment.
  • Overlooking the importance of version control for source code.
  • Using hardcoded credentials instead of securely managing secrets.
  • Not monitoring pipeline execution and failing to identify and resolve issues promptly.


  1. Q: Can I use AWS CodePipeline with my existing CI/CD tools?

    Yes, CodePipeline can integrate with popular CI/CD tools through custom actions and plugins.

  2. Q: How much does AWS CodePipeline cost?

    CodePipeline pricing is based on the number of pipelines you create and the number of pipeline executions.

  3. Q: Can I use CodePipeline with multiple AWS accounts?

    Yes, you can set up cross-account pipelines to manage deployments across different AWS accounts.

  4. Q: Does CodePipeline support deployment to on-premises servers?

    Yes, you can use AWS CodePipeline with AWS CodeDeploy to deploy applications to on-premises servers.

  5. Q: How do I handle manual approvals in a pipeline?

    CodePipeline allows you to add manual approval actions that pause the pipeline until a manual approval is granted.


Setting up AWS CodePipeline is an essential step in modern software development practices. By automating the CI/CD pipeline, you can significantly improve the efficiency and reliability of your application deployments. Follow the step-by-step guide to create a basic pipeline, avoid common mistakes, and leverage the power of AWS CodePipeline to accelerate your development and delivery processes. With AWS CodePipeline, you can ensure seamless and automated software delivery for your applications on AWS.