Setting Up Your Pipeline

This document provides a step-by-step guide to setting up your pipeline using Kurator, covering prerequisites, configuration, and task customization.

This document provides a step-by-step guide to setting up your pipeline using Kurator, covering prerequisites, configuration, and task customization.


Set Up Kind Cluster and Install Kurator

In the following guild, we use Kind clusters as examples.

You need to first go to Install cluser operator page to create clusters using hack/ and install cluster operator. We use the host cluster kurator-host, where kubeconfig is located in /root/.kube/kurator-host.config Besides, you need setup Fleet manager by following the instructions in the installation guide.

Installing Components

To start using Kurator pipeline, you need to install Tekton in your Kubernetes cluster. Run the following command to install Tekton components:

kubectl apply --filename
kubectl apply --filename
kubectl apply --filename
kubectl apply --filename

Configuring Authentication for Private Repositories

Since the first task in a pipeline often involves pulling code from a Git repository, it’s essential to configure Git repository authentication. This can be done by creating a Kubernetes secret containing the authentication details. Use the following command to create this secret:

kubectl create ns kurator-pipeline

kubectl create secret generic git-credentials \
  --namespace=kurator-pipeline \
  --from-literal=.gitconfig=$'[credential ""]\n\thelper = store' \

Pipeline Field Introduction

Understanding the core fields of a Pipeline in Kurator is crucial for effective configuration and utilization. A Pipeline in Kurator contains a collection of tasks, defining the workflow of a CI/CD process.

Here is an example of a typical pipeline:

kind: Pipeline
  name: test-custom-task
  namespace: kurator-pipeline
  description: "this is a quick-start pipeline, it shows how to use customTask and predefined Task in a pipeline"
    - name: git-clone
        name: git-clone
          git-secret-name: git-credentials
    - name: cat-readme
        image: zshusers/zsh:4.3.15
          - /bin/sh
          - -c
          - "cat $(workspaces.source.path)/"

In the Pipeline, tasks are executed in the sequence they are listed. Each task encompasses detailed information regarding the specific steps that need to be undertaken.

The tasks are structured as an array, comprising either predefinedTasks or CustomTasks. PredefinedTask provides users the option to select from a set of predefined tasks and input their parameters. Conversely, CustomTask offers the flexibility to directly define a task, particularly when the desired task is not available in the list of predefined tasks.

Predefined Tasks

Predefined tasks are a variety of ready-to-use pipeline templates based on best practices for common CI/CD scenarios. They streamline the initial setup process and provide a quick start for users.

Currently Supported predefined Tasks

Task Name Description Benefits Core Parameters
git-clone Clones the user’s code repository into the workspace, typically the first task in the entire pipeline. Simplifies the process of pulling code for subsequent tasks. - git-secret-name: Name of the secret for Git authentication.
go-test Runs Go tests in specified packages with configurable environment. Facilitates testing in Go projects. - packages, context, version, flags, GOOS, GOARCH, GO111MODULE, GOCACHE, GOMODCACHE
go-lint Performs linting on Go source code, using golangci-lint. Ensures coding style and common error checks. - package, context, flags, version, GOOS, GOARCH, GO111MODULE, GOCACHE, GOMODCACHE, GOLANGCI_LINT_CACHE
build-and-push-image Builds and pushes a Docker image using Kaniko. Enables building and storing Docker images. - IMAGE, DOCKERFILE, CONTEXT, EXTRA_ARGS, BUILDER_IMAGE

Example of a Predefined Tasks

To configure a predefined Task, simply reference the task template in your pipeline definition, and provide any required parameters based on your specific requirements. For example:

  - name: git-clone
      name: git-clone
        git-secret-name: git-credentials

Custom Tasks

Custom tasks enables users to tailor their pipelines by incorporating both common predefined CI tasks and custom tasks, catering to a broad range of needs and enhancing adaptability.

Custom Task Configuration

A Custom Task allows for greater flexibility by defining tasks directly within the pipeline configuration. The key fields to understand in a Custom Task are:

  • Image: Specifies the Docker image name.

  • Command: The entrypoint array, not executed in a shell.

  • Args: Arguments for the entrypoint, used if the Command is not provided.

  • Env: List of environment variables to set in the task.

  • ResourceRequirements: Specifies compute resource requirements.

  • Script: Contains the contents of an executable file to execute.

Example of a Custom Task

  - name: custom-task-example
      image: 'example-image'
        - '/bin/sh'
        - '-c'
        - 'echo Hello World'
        - name: EXAMPLE_ENV
          value: 'example'