Pipelines are the top level containers for modelling and defining your workflows. Connecting pipelines to your source control allows you to run builds when your code changes. You can run anything with a Buildkite pipeline! 🚀
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What is a pipeline?
A pipeline is a template of the steps you want to run. There are many types of steps, some run scripts, some define conditional logic, and others wait for user input. When you run a pipeline, a build is created. Each of the steps in the pipeline end up as jobs in the build, which then get distributed to available agents.
Is this just for running tests and deploying code?
Not at all! You can do all kinds of exciting things with pipelines, like generating static sites, running data imports, provisioning servers, and automating app store submissions. You can even use pipelines to create other pipelines 😱
Pipelines page walkthrough
Once you’ve set up a few pipelines and have run some builds, you can see an overview of them on the Pipelines page. Each pipeline has a set of metrics to give you an overview of its health and performance.
A visual indication of your pipeline’s current status. This icon is based on the latest build on your default branch.
The build history visualizes the last 30 builds that have been run on your default branch. The height of each bar reflects the build’s running time, and its status is represented by its colour and in the tooltip on hover.
The speed of your pipeline is calculated from the average of your 30 most recent builds. This helps you keep an eye on your pipeline’s speed, and compare performance between pipelines.
The reliability of your pipeline is a calculation based on passing vs failing builds over the last 30 days. This metric helps you to understand the overall stability of your pipelines.
Builds per week
The builds per week measurement is calculated based on the average number of builds created over the past 4 weeks. This metric helps you to understand how frequently a pipeline is run.
You can keep your most used pipelines at the top of the page by clicking the star on the far right of any pipeline 🌟🔝
You can filter pipelines using the search bar at the top of the page. This will search the titles of pipelines, and return all those matching your search terms.
If your organization has Teams enabled, you can also filter this page by the teams that you're in. When you have more than one team attached to your buildkite account, you'll see a dropdown list of teams at the top of the pipelines page. This defaults to 'All Teams'. Selecting a specific team will filter the list of pipelines to display only those accessible by the selected team.
Customizing the page
Your pipeline’s name, description, its repository, and your default branch are all editable. After you’ve clicked on a pipeline, the settings button is in the top right corner.
The display settings can be found in the
Pipeline Settings section. Adding a description for your pipeline is optional, but name, repository, and default branch are all required. Descriptions also have full emoji support 🙌🦙💯