How to configure CI/CD pipelines in less than 50 lines of code

Agaile Victor

Recently I did a POC to replace AWS CodePipeline with BitBucket and their Pipelines in one of my projects. Bitbucket Pipelines is CI/CD for Bitbucket Cloud that’s integrated in the UI and sits alongside your repositories, making it easy for teams to running, building, testing, and deploying their code.  Users can utilise 50 minutes of free Bitbucket build minutes (depends on the subscription, build minutes will vary) to use each month.


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In this tutorial, we will build a simple Node.js API which will be deployed in AWS Lambda and the endpoints will be exposed using AWS API gateway. All the deployment configuration will be written in an AWS SAM template. Finally, we’ll use the Bitbucket pipeline for the continuous deployment of this function.


Create an IAM user

Go to your AWS console. Make sure you’re in the right geographical region as well. Search for “IAM”, under the Find Services heading. Follow the onscreen instructions to add a new user with the following permissions AmazonAPIGatewayAdministrator, AWSLambdaFullAccess, IAMFullAccess, AWSCloudFormationFullAccess, AmazonS3FullAccess

Make sure you download the csv file containing Access key ID and Secret access key and store it somewhere safe.

Configure a S3 bucket for deployment

We need one S3 bucket to store the zip file of our latest code (and any other artifacts) and from there the code will be deployed.

Go back to your AWS console and this time search for s3: Follow the onscreen instructions to create a S3 bucket. Note down the bucket name for future use.

Configure Bitbucket repository

Create a new Bitbucket account if you don’t have one. You can also use your Google, Apple, or Microsoft account to login directly. Now, create a repository to store your code. Click on the Create repository button and give it a name. I’ll name the project “Devops” and the repository name will be “bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial”. Follow the on screen instructions, it’s very simple.

Create Repository variables for the pipeline

Step 1 : Enable pipelines in the repository

Click Repository settings from the left-hand menu. Scroll down on the left menu to find Settings on the Pipelines section.

Step 2 : Configure repository variables

Type AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID as the name and the value you copied for the AWS Access Key from the IAM user as the value. Similarly add AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY and AWS_DEFAULT_REGION as well.

Clone Repository

Use the following command to clone the repository to your computer

[email protected] Node % git clone https://[email protected]/AV1988/bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial.git
Cloning into 'bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial'...
remote: Counting objects: 4, done.
remote: Compressing objects: 100% (4/4), done.
remote: Total 4 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: 100% (4/4), done.
[email protected] Node % 

Create a Node.js API

For this tutorial, I’m going to use SAM CLI to create a node.js API. Believe me, it’s simple and straightforward. After initialising the code lets cleanup the repository a bit.

[email protected] Node % cd bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial
[email protected] Node % sam init
Which template source would you like to use?
	1 - AWS Quick Start Templates
	2 - Custom Template Location
Choice: 1
What package type would you like to use?
	1 - Zip (artifact is a zip uploaded to S3)	
	2 - Image (artifact is an image uploaded to an ECR image repository)
Package type: 1

Which runtime would you like to use?
	1 - nodejs14.x
	2 - python3.8
	3 - ruby2.7
	4 - go1.x
	5 - java11
	6 - dotnetcore3.1
	7 - nodejs12.x
	8 - nodejs10.x
	9 - python3.7
	10 - python3.6
	11 - python2.7
	12 - ruby2.5
	13 - java8.al2
	14 - java8
	15 - dotnetcore2.1
Runtime: 1

Project name [sam-app]: src

Cloning app templates from

AWS quick start application templates:
	1 - Hello World Example
	2 - Step Functions Sample App (Stock Trader)
	3 - Quick Start: From Scratch
	4 - Quick Start: Scheduled Events
	5 - Quick Start: S3
	6 - Quick Start: SNS
	7 - Quick Start: SQS
	8 - Quick Start: Web Backend
Template selection: 1

    Generating application:
    Name: src
    Runtime: nodejs14.x
    Dependency Manager: npm
    Application Template: hello-world
    Output Directory: .
    Next steps can be found in the README file at ./src/

[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % cd src
[email protected] src % ls -lart
total 32
-rw-r--r--  1 Agaile  staff  1617 Apr  3 12:41 template.yaml
-rw-r--r--  1 Agaile  staff  8111 Apr  3 12:41
drwxr-xr-x  7 Agaile  staff   224 Apr  3 12:41 .
-rw-r--r--  1 Agaile  staff  2011 Apr  3 12:41 .gitignore
drwxr-xr-x  6 Agaile  staff   192 Apr  3 12:41 hello-world
drwxr-xr-x  3 Agaile  staff    96 Apr  3 12:41 events
drwxr-xr-x  6 Agaile  staff   192 Apr  3 12:49 ..
[email protected] src % rm -rf .gitignore 
[email protected] src % mv template.yaml ~/Desktop/Punkz/Workspace/Node/bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial 
[email protected]cBook-Pro src % 

Now the folder structure will look like this

[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % ls -lart
total 24
-rw-r--r--   1 Agaile  staff  1617 Apr  3 12:41 template.yaml
-rw-r--r--   1 Agaile  staff   624 Apr  3 12:46 .gitignore
-rw-r--r--   1 Agaile  staff  2622 Apr  3 12:46
drwxr-xr-x  12 Agaile  staff   384 Apr  3 12:46 .git
[email protected]  9 Agaile  staff   288 Apr  3 12:49 ..
drwxr-xr-x   7 Agaile  staff   224 Apr  3 12:52 .
drwxr-xr-x   4 Agaile  staff   128 Apr  3 12:52 src
[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % 

Let’s open the code in our code/text editor and make some changes to the template.yaml file. As you can see the value of CodeUri is ‘hello-world/’. We have to change it to ‘src/hello-world/’. Now we are good to deploy our code.

AWSTemplateFormatVersion: "2010-09-09"
Transform: AWS::Serverless-2016-10-31
Description: >

  Sample SAM Template for src

# More info about Globals:
    Timeout: 3

    Type: AWS::Serverless::Function # More info about Function Resource:
      CodeUri: src/hello-world/
      Handler: app.lambdaHandler
      Runtime: nodejs14.x
          Type: Api # More info about API Event Source:
            Path: /hello
            Method: get

  # ServerlessRestApi is an implicit API created out of Events key under Serverless::Function
  # Find out more about other implicit resources you can reference within SAM
    Description: "API Gateway endpoint URL for Prod stage for Hello World function"
    Value: !Sub "https://${ServerlessRestApi}.execute-api.${AWS::Region}"
    Description: "Hello World Lambda Function ARN"
    Value: !GetAtt HelloWorldFunction.Arn
    Description: "Implicit IAM Role created for Hello World function"
    Value: !GetAtt HelloWorldFunctionRole.Arn

Now, we have the necessary configurations required for the pipeline to auto deploy our lambda function. Let’s write the pipeline configuration. Create a new file named bitbucket-pipelines.yml at the root of your project. Paste the following code into this file, taking care to replace the placeholder S3 bucket name with your own.

image: node:12

  branches: # Pipelines that will be triggered when a push is made in the below branch
      - step:
          name: Run test cases
            - cd src/hello-world
            - npm install
            - npm test
      - step:
          name: Deploy to Staging
            - pipe: atlassian/aws-sam-deploy:1.2.0
                S3_BUCKET: "codedeploydemobucket"
                STACK_NAME: "BitbucketPipelines"


It’s time to verify the changes. Let’s push the code to main/master branch.

[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % git status
On branch main
Your branch is up to date with 'origin/main'.

Untracked files:
  (use "git add <file>..." to include in what will be committed)

nothing added to commit but untracked files present (use "git add" to track)
[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % git add .
[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % git commit -m 'configured pipeline'
[main 523efb7] configured pipeline
 7 files changed, 198 insertions(+)
 create mode 100644 bitbucket-pipelines.yml
 create mode 100644 src/events/event.json
 create mode 100644 src/hello-world/.npmignore
 create mode 100644 src/hello-world/app.js
 create mode 100644 src/hello-world/package.json
 create mode 100644 src/hello-world/tests/unit/test-handler.js
 create mode 100644 template.yaml
[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % git push
Enumerating objects: 15, done.
Counting objects: 100% (15/15), done.
Delta compression using up to 8 threads
Compressing objects: 100% (10/10), done.
Writing objects: 100% (14/14), 3.65 KiB | 1.83 MiB/s, done.
Total 14 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0)
   5cfe554..523efb7  main -> main
[email protected] bitbucket-pipeline-tutorial % 

Navigate to your repository and click on pipelines to check the progress

Wait for the deployment to complete and to test the api open your AWS console and navigate to API Gateway and look for your stack name.

Yay! You have successfully created a lambda function with an API Gateway using a SAM template and added an automatic deployment for it with Bitbucket pipelines which deploys your code whenever you push it to the main/master branch.

What’s next?

Try to add a step with manual approval to deploy to production.

Agaile Victor

A Full Stack Software engineer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with a passion of writing code to solve complex issues.

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