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Command line tool to execute jobs in Cirrus CI

Project status

Minimum viable product. Currently used in CI pipeline for at least one project.


cirrus-run is a CLI application that allows you to execute builds in CirrusCI.

It uses local YAML files for build configuration, but requires a reference to GitHub repo and branch to assign ownership of the build. The build itself may have no relation to the specified GitHub repo. This enables integration with other source code hosting platforms, e.g. with GitLab: you can trigger CirrusCI builds by executing cirrus-run in GitLab CI


cirrus-run can be installed with pip:

pip install cirrus-run

Latest development versions are also installable:

pip install ""

You can also run it in Docker: potyarkin/cirrus-run. This image is especially useful for integrating with other CI platforms.


usage: cirrus-run [-h] [--token TOKEN] [--github REPO] [--branch BRANCH] [-v]

Execute CI jobs in CirrusCI

positional arguments:
  CONFIG           Path to YAML configuration file or Jinja2 template for such
                   file. Filenames ending with .j2 or .jinja2 are assumed to
                   provide the templates. All environment variables are
                   available inside these templates. Default value:
                   $CIRRUS_CONFIG or .cirrus.yml or .cirrus.yml.j2

optional arguments:
  -h, --help       show this help message and exit
  --token TOKEN    Access token for CirrusCI API. Recommended and more secure
                   way of providing the token is via environment variable.
                   Default value: $CIRRUS_API_TOKEN
  --github REPO    GitHub repo id that will own the build ("owner/reponame").
                   This repo may have no relation to the CI job being
                   executed. It may even be empty. Default value:
  --branch BRANCH  GitHub repo branch that will own the build. This branch may
                   have no relation to the CI job being executed. Default
                   value: $CIRRUS_GITHUB_BRANCH or master
  -v, --verbose    Increase output verbosity. Repeating this argument multiple
                   times increases verbosity level even further.

Support and contributing

If you need help with using cirrus-run, please create an issue. Issues are also the primary venue for reporting bugs and posting feature requests. General discussion related to this project is also acceptable and very welcome!

In case you wish to contribute code or documentation, feel free to open a pull request. That would certainly make my day!

I'm open to dialog and I promise to behave responsibly and treat all contributors with respect. Please try to do the same, and treat others the way you want to be treated.

If for some reason you'd rather not use the issue tracker, contacting me via email is OK too. Please use a descriptive subject line to enhance visibility of your message. Also please keep in mind that public discussion channels are preferable because that way many other people may benefit from reading past conversations. My email is visible under the GitHub profile and in the commit log.

License and copyright

Copyright 2020 Vitaly Potyarkin

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use these files except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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