AWS CodeBuild vs AWS CodePipeline

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AWS CodeBuild vs AWS CodePipeline: What are the differences?

AWS CodeBuild: Build and test code with continuous scaling. AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers; AWS CodePipeline: Continuous delivery service for fast and reliable application updates. CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.

AWS CodeBuild can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while AWS CodePipeline is grouped under "Continuous Deployment".

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous Integration

On the other hand, AWS CodePipeline provides the following key features:

  • Workflow Modeling
  • AWS Integrations
  • Pre-Built Plugins

"Pay per minute" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS CodeBuild over the competitors, whereas "Simple to set up" was stated as the key factor in picking AWS CodePipeline.

Volta Industries, ChromaDex, and PouchNATION are some of the popular companies that use AWS CodePipeline, whereas AWS CodeBuild is used by Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex. AWS CodePipeline has a broader approval, being mentioned in 30 company stacks & 15 developers stacks; compared to AWS CodeBuild, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

Decisions about AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline
Arthur Boghossian
DevOps Engineer at PlayAsYouGo · | 2 upvotes · 20.3K views

We will use AWS CloudFormation, as it is ideal for deploying and replicating infrastructure as code. Amazon CloudWatch Events will be used to send info based on the trigger that initiated the event to developers using Amazon SNS. Amazon SNS will also be used in the AWS CodePipeline after the application has been tested and deployed successfully to the development environment, notifying users to approve the application before it can be deployed to a production environment. AWS CodeBuild will be used for running tests on the application and AWS CodeDeploy will be used to deploy the application to Lambda and Alexa Skills Kit. AWS CodePipeline is a service that will organize the steps taken (building/testing and deployment) when code is pushed to the master branch in our source repository in Github.

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Pros of AWS CodeBuild
Pros of AWS CodePipeline
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    Pay per minute
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    Parameter Store integration for passing secrets
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    Integrated with AWS
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    Bit bucket integration
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    GitHub Webhooks support
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    Streaming logs to Amazon CloudWatch
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    Local build debug support
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    Native support for accessing Amazon VPC resources
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    VPC PrivateLinks to invoke service without internet
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    Docker based build environment
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    Support for bringing custom Docker images
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    Fully managed (no installation/updates, servers to mai
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    PCI, SOC, ISO, HIPAA compliant
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    Full API/SDKs/CLI support
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    YAML based configuration
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    Great support (forums, premium support, SO, GitHub)
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    Perpetual free tier option (100 mins/month)
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    AWS Config and Config rule integration for compliance
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    GitHub Enterprise support
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    Windows/.NET support
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    Jenkins plugin integration
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    Ondemand scaling of build jobs
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    Scheduled builds with CloudWatch Events integration
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    Simple to set up
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    Managed service
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    GitHub integration
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    Parallel Execution
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    Automatic deployment
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    Manual Steps Available

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Cons of AWS CodeBuild
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      No project boards
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      No integration with "Power" 365 tools

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    What is AWS CodeBuild?

    AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

    What is AWS CodePipeline?

    CodePipeline builds, tests, and deploys your code every time there is a code change, based on the release process models you define.

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    What are some alternatives to AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline?
    Jenkins
    In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
    Apache Maven
    Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
    GitLab CI
    GitLab offers a continuous integration service. If you add a .gitlab-ci.yml file to the root directory of your repository, and configure your GitLab project to use a Runner, then each merge request or push triggers your CI pipeline.
    AWS CodeDeploy
    AWS CodeDeploy is a service that automates code deployments to Amazon EC2 instances. AWS CodeDeploy makes it easier for you to rapidly release new features, helps you avoid downtime during deployment, and handles the complexity of updating your applications.
    AWS CodeStar
    Start new software projects on AWS in minutes using templates for web applications, web services and more.
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    Reviews of AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline
    Engineering Manager at Segment
    Review of
    AWS CodeBuild

    The open-source Convox Platform-as-a-Service is built entirely on AWS cloud services.

    Through this lens, it's been obvious that AWS has been missing a managed build service. For the past year we've had to work around this by building our own build service on ECS and ECR. You can read more on my AWS Missing Parts: Build Service blog post.

    So I'm excited to finally have this service. After a quick weekend prototype, the service works as expected and will unlock Cheaper, Faster and Safer Builds for our systems.

    This is a classic AWS service. It's tricky to figure out all the options. I recommend jumping straight to the Docker example docs:

    You'll need to figure IAM, Build Project JSON, and Build Spec YAML to get it all working.

    But once you do, you've unlocked managed builds on small, medium or large compute types. No instances required!

    How developers use AWS CodeBuild and AWS CodePipeline
    Patty R uses
    AWS CodeBuild

    build, test, deploys code