Tasks and Pipelines

Building Blocks of Tekton CI/CD Workflow

Tekton Pipelines

Tekton Pipelines is a Kubernetes extension that installs and runs on your Kubernetes cluster. It defines a set of Kubernetes Custom Resources that act as building blocks from which you can assemble CI/CD pipelines. Once installed, Tekton Pipelines becomes available via the Kubernetes CLI (kubectl) and via API calls, just like pods and other resources. Tekton is open-source and part of the CD Foundation, a Linux Foundation project.

Tekton Pipelines entities

Tekton Pipelines defines the following entities:

Entity Description
Task Defines a series of steps which launch specific build or delivery tools that ingest specific inputs and produce specific outputs.
TaskRun Instantiates a Task for execution with specific inputs, outputs, and execution parameters. Can be invoked on its own or as part of a Pipeline.
Pipeline Defines a series of Tasks that accomplish a specific build or delivery goal. Can be triggered by an event or invoked from a PipelineRun.
PipelineRun Instantiates a Pipeline for execution with specific inputs, outputs, and execution parameters.
PipelineResource Defines locations for inputs ingested and outputs produced by the steps in Tasks.
Run (alpha) Instantiates a Custom Task for execution when specific inputs.

Getting started

To get started, complete the Tekton Pipelines Tutorial and go through our examples.

Understanding Tekton Pipelines

See the following topics to learn how to use Tekton Pipelines in your project:

Contributing to Tekton Pipelines

If you’d like to contribute to the Tekton Pipelines project, see the Tekton Pipeline Contributor’s Guide.

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Last modified January 21, 2020: Implemented the new experience (6f4bc90)