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Developer Guide

How to run Pipeline in your local dev environment


  • Make
  • Docker (with Compose)
  • Account on Github (optional)
  • Account on Google (optional)

Authentication setup

At least one of the followings has to be configured:

  • Setup your Pipeline GitHub OAuth application according to this guide
  • Setup your Pipeline GitLab OAuth application according to this guide
  • Setup your Pipeline Google OAuth application according to this guide
  • Setup your Pipeline with LDAP authentication according to this guide
  • Use static Email/Password authentication following the example in config/dex.yml.example (staticPasswords sections)

Quick start

To spin up the development environment with every dependencies just run the following command:

$ make up

The inverse of that command is of course:

$ make down

which removes everything.


Create a config/config.toml and config/dex.yml config file based on their config/*.dist counterparts with:

$ make config/config.toml config/dex.yml

Note: If you followed the quick start guide this file should already exist.

As of now the example config enables OAuth2 based authentication. It can be changed by modifying the example.

OAuth2 based authentication requires a GitHub/Google OAuth2 application, this can be created by following this GitHub, GitLab or the Google tutorial. Please set the token in the [github] section, the baseURL in the [gitlab] section in config.yml, and the clientId and the clientSecret in dex.yml's connectors: section.

If you are not using HTTPS set auth.secureCookie = false, otherwise you won't be able to login via HTTP and you might be getting 401 errors, locally you should set it to false.


The development environment uses Docker Compose to create an isolated area for Pipeline.

You can easily start it by executing:

$ make start

This will create a mysql, adminer and vault container:

Note: If you want to customize mount points and port mappings, create a docker-compose.override.yml file via make docker-compose.override.yml and edit the file manually. Please note that you might need to edit the application configuration file as well.

Set Required Environment Variables

For accessing Vault the VAULT_ADDR env var has to be set, Pipeline stores JWT access tokens there.

export VAULT_ADDR=

Start Pipeline

Once you have the docker containers running for the development environment, you should be able to start the pipeline platform.

You can install and then run it with:

$ make build
$ build/pipeline

You will also need to run a Worker for background jobs:

$ build/worker

(Optionally, you could also build and run with VSCode or Goland.)

If you happen to get an error similar to this on the first run:

Error 1146: Table 'pipeline.amazon_eks_profiles' doesn't exist

You should set autoMigrateEnabled = true in the database section in the config/config.toml file.

You should now be able to log in on the Pipeline UI: http://localhost:4200/ui

Acquiring an access token

For accessing the Pipeline one has to be authenticated and registered via Dex first.

For programmatic API access an access token has to be generated.

Tokens can be generated only with a browser (for now), to do that please use the following URL to login first:

  • For local usage:

  • For on-cloud usage:


Please authenticate yourself with Dex. If everything is done correctly you will be redirected. The browser session already contains the generated token in a cookie. An API token can be generated via:

  • For local usage:

  • For on-cloud usage:


Route53 credentials in Vault

Organizations created in the Pipeline will have a domain registered in AWS's Route53 DNS Service. For this the AWS credentials have to be available in Vault in the proper format (otherwise the feature is disabled):

vault kv put secret/banzaicloud/aws \

EKS cluster authentication

Creating and using EKS clusters requires to you to have the AWS IAM Authenticator for Kubernetes installed on your machine:

go get

Anchore Engine

If you need to access local anchore server, uncomment the related services in docker-compose.override.yml and restart the environment with make start.

Accessing Pipeline API from the cluster

If you want to launch PKE clusters, you will need to ensure that the pke-tool running on the cluster will access the Pipeline API. In a development environment you can do this for example with the following ngrok command: ngrok http 9090.

You will also need to adjust the pipeline.externalURL configuration value. In the pipeline section of config/config.toml you can add the value like below:

# Base URL where the end users can reach this pipeline instance
externalURL = ""
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