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 run:

dotnet add package Amazon.CDK.AWS.CodePipeline Amazon.CDK.AWS.CodePipeline.Actions Amazon.CDK.Pipelines

Return to the file CdkWorkshop/PipelineStack.cs and edit as follows:

using Amazon.CDK;
using Amazon.CDK.AWS.CodeCommit;
using Amazon.CDK.AWS.CodePipeline;
using Amazon.CDK.AWS.CodePipeline.Actions;
using Amazon.CDK.Pipelines;

namespace CdkWorkshop
    public class WorkshopPipelineStack : Stack
        public WorkshopPipelineStack(Construct parent, string id, IStackProps props = null) : base(parent, id, props)
            // Creates a CodeCommit repository called 'WorkshopRepo'
            var repo = new Repository(this, "WorkshopRepo", new RepositoryProps
                RepositoryName = "WorkshopRepo"

            // Defines the artifact representing the sourcecode
            var sourceArtifact = new Artifact_();
            // Defines the artifact representing the cloud assembly 
            // (cloudformation template + all other assets)
            var cloudAssemblyArtifact = new Artifact_();

            // The basic pipeline declaration. This sets the initial structure
            // of our pipeline
            var pipeline = new CdkPipeline(this, "Pipeline", new CdkPipelineProps
                PipelineName = "WorkshopPipeline",
                CloudAssemblyArtifact = cloudAssemblyArtifact,

                // Generates the source artifact from the repo we created in the last step
                SourceAction = new CodeCommitSourceAction(new CodeCommitSourceActionProps
                    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(new StandardNpmSynthOptions
                    SourceArtifact = sourceArtifact,  // Where to get source code to build
                    CloudAssemblyArtifact = cloudAssemblyArtifact,  // Where to place built source

                    InstallCommands = new [] 
                        "npm install -g aws-cdk", 
                        "sudo apt-get install -y dotnet-sdk-3.1"
                    BuildCommands = new [] { "dotnet 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: