As you may know GitLab, it is online repository with feature that you are able to store private project for free (GitHub private repo has fee). Beside of this, GitLab also support CI (Continuous integration), with this feature your application will be built and deploy since you have a new commit.
So how to setup this CI? I gave it a try and faced a lot of issue. So I thinks I should write some thing about it so you may get some useful things while trying with the GitLab CI. In this post I will introduce you setup it with a NodeJS application on Ubuntu virtual machine using nginx.
Step 1: Add .gitlab-ci.yml to the project
First step you need to add this file to your root repository source. With this file you can define what CI will execute. For instance, CI can execute
Assuming that you already have GitLab account and also have a project on it. So go to your project and click on
To continue you add content for this file:
before_script: - npm install job_deploy: stage: deploy script: - forever start server.js
I'm going to explain the content above:
before_script: commands will execute before state (build, test, deploy)
job_deploy: script to deploy your application -
forever start server.js
So you have just finished your first step.
Step 2: Setup gitlab-runner on Ubuntu
*Note: I use Shell to run script on server. There are some alternative like Docker, SSH and so on.
Install gitlab-runner on server:
curl -L https://packages.gitlab.com/install/repositories/runner/gitlab-ci-multi-runner/script.deb.sh | sudo bash
sudo apt-get install gitlab-ci-multi-runner
Time to register runner:
sudo gitlab-ci-multi-runner register
There will be some question show, you need to answer them:
Please enter the gitlab-ci coordinator URL (e.g. https://gitlab.com/ci ) https://gitlab.com/ci Please enter the gitlab-ci token for this runner xxxxxxxxx Please enter the gitlab-ci description for this runner my-runner INFO fcf5c619 Registering runner... succeeded Please enter the executor: shell, docker, docker-ssh, ssh? shell Please enter identity_file path: /home/user/.ssh/id_rsa INFO Runner registered successfully. Feel free to start it, but if it's running already the config should be automatically reloaded!
*url and token you can find on gitlab project website.
Go Settings > Runners
Yeah, everything is ready for your first CI deploy. Try to make a new commit on your repo to see what happens.
Hopefully, you can make it works!