Troubleshooting Common Issues in AWS CodePipeline


Troubleshooting is an essential skill when working with AWS CodePipeline, as it helps identify and resolve issues that may arise during the continuous integration and continuous deployment (CI/CD) processes. This tutorial will guide you through the steps of troubleshooting common issues in AWS CodePipeline and provide you with the necessary tools and techniques to resolve them effectively.


  • An AWS account with access to AWS CodePipeline and the necessary permissions to manage pipelines.
  • 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: Identify the Issue

1. Start by examining the pipeline execution history in the AWS CodePipeline console. Look for failed or stalled stages, actions, or transitions.

2. Check the CloudWatch Logs associated with the pipeline for any error messages or relevant information.

3. Review the configuration of each stage and action to ensure that all settings are correct.

Step 2: Diagnose the Issue

1. If an action fails, check the action's logs for detailed error messages. You can access these logs through the AWS CodePipeline console or using the AWS CLI.

2. Examine the input and output artifacts of each action to identify any discrepancies or issues with data flow.

3. If the issue is related to AWS resources, verify the permissions and configurations of the affected resources.

Step 3: Resolve the Issue

1. Depending on the identified issue, take appropriate actions such as modifying action configurations, updating IAM roles and permissions, or fixing resource configurations.

2. Test the modified pipeline to ensure that the issue has been resolved. Monitor the pipeline execution and logs to verify the successful resolution.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Ignoring error messages in the logs and failing to investigate their cause.
  • Not double-checking the configuration of each stage and action for accuracy.
  • Skipping thorough testing after making changes to the pipeline configuration.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Q: How can I view the CloudWatch Logs for a failed action?
    A: In the AWS CodePipeline console, navigate to the failed pipeline execution and click on the failed action to view its details. You can access the associated CloudWatch Logs by clicking on the "View logs in CloudWatch" link.
  2. Q: What should I do if a pipeline execution is stuck or taking too long?
    A: Check the activity of the resources involved in the pipeline, such as compute instances or AWS services. If necessary, terminate or restart any stalled resources and trigger a new pipeline execution.
  3. Q: How can I roll back a pipeline execution if a problem occurs?
    A: If you have enabled manual approvals in your pipeline, you can pause the pipeline execution, fix the issue, and then resume the execution from the last successful stage. Alternatively, you can create a new pipeline execution with the previous known good configuration.
  4. Q: What is the best approach for testing pipeline changes before deploying them?
    A: It is recommended to use a separate testing environment where you can deploy and test the changes to your pipeline without affecting the production environment. This allows you to validate the changes before applying them to the production pipeline.
  5. Q: How can I track the progress of a pipeline execution in real-time?
    A: You can use the AWS CLI command aws codepipeline get-pipeline-execution with the appropriate execution ID to retrieve the current status and progress of a pipeline execution.


Troubleshooting common issues in AWS CodePipeline is a critical skill for maintaining smooth CI/CD workflows. By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can effectively identify, diagnose, and resolve issues that may arise during pipeline executions. Remember to carefully examine pipeline logs, investigate error messages, and review configuration settings to pinpoint the root cause of the problem. With practice and experience, you will become proficient in troubleshooting and ensuring the reliability of your CI/CD processes in AWS CodePipeline.