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 · 32.7K 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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    Streaming logs to Amazon CloudWatch
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    AWS Config and Config rule integration for compliance
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    GitHub Webhooks support
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    VPC PrivateLinks to invoke service without internet
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    Perpetual free tier option (100 mins/month)
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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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    Local build debug support
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    Native support for accessing Amazon VPC resources
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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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    GitHub Enterprise support
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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
Cons of AWS CodePipeline
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    Poor branch support
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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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