Create New Pipeline

Define an Empty Pipeline

Now we are ready to define the basics of the pipeline.

We will be using several new packages here, so first npm install @aws-cdk/aws-codepipeline @aws-cdk/aws-codepipeline-actions @aws-cdk/pipelines.

Return to the file lib/pipeline-stack.ts and edit as follows:

import * as cdk from '@aws-cdk/core';
import * as codecommit from '@aws-cdk/aws-codecommit';
import * as codepipeline from '@aws-cdk/aws-codepipeline';
import * as codepipeline_actions from '@aws-cdk/aws-codepipeline-actions';
import { SimpleSynthAction, CdkPipeline } from "@aws-cdk/pipelines";

export class WorkshopPipelineStack extends cdk.Stack {
    constructor(scope: cdk.Construct, id: string, props?: cdk.StackProps) {
        super(scope, id, props);

        // This creates a new CodeCommit repository called 'WorkshopRepo'
        const repo = new codecommit.Repository(this, 'WorkshopRepo', {
            repositoryName: "WorkshopRepo"

        // Defines the artifact representing the sourcecode
        const sourceArtifact = new codepipeline.Artifact(); 
        // Defines the artifact representing the cloud assembly 
        // (cloudformation template + all other assets)
        const cloudAssemblyArtifact = new codepipeline.Artifact();

        // The basic pipeline declaration. This sets the initial structure
        // of our pipeline
        new CdkPipeline(this, 'Pipeline', {
            pipelineName: 'WorkshopPipeline',

            // Generates the source artifact from the repo we created in the last step
            sourceAction: new codepipeline_actions.CodeCommitSourceAction({
                actionName: 'CodeCommit', // Any Git-based source control
                output: sourceArtifact, // Indicates where the artifact is stored
                repository: repo // Designates the repo to draw code from

            // Builds our source code outlined above into a could assembly artifact
            synthAction: SimpleSynthAction.standardNpmSynth({
                sourceArtifact, // Where to get source code to build
                cloudAssemblyArtifact, // Where to place built source

                buildCommand: 'npm run build' // Language-specific build cmd

Component Breakdown

The above code does several things:

  • sourceArtifact/cloudAssemblyArtifact: These will store our source code and cloud assembly respectively
  • new CdkPipeline(...): This initializes the pipeline with the required values. This will serve as the base component moving forward. Every pipeline requires at bare minimum:
    • CodeCommitSourceAction(...): The sourceAction of the pipeline will check the designated repository for source code and generate an artifact.
    • SimpleSynthAction.standardNpmSynth: The synthAction of the pipeline will take the source artifact generated in by the sourceAction and build the application based on the buildCommand. This is always followed by npx cdk synth

Deploy Pipeline and See Result

All thats left to get our pipeline up and running is to commit our changes and run one last cdk deploy.

git commit -am "MESSAGE" && git push
npx cdk deploy

CdkPipelines auto-update for each commit in a source repoh, so this is is the last time we will need to execute this command!

Once deployment is finished, you can go to the CodePipeline console and you will see a new pipeline! If you navigate to it, it should look like this: