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CodePipeline With CDK

Implement CDK Hugo Website.

This CDK stack creates a CodePipeline which is triggered by an CodeCommit.

In the example a buildspec.yml for a gohuo static website deployment on a S3 bucket is included.

For a production website you would add an domain with R53 and a CloudFront CDN with https certificate.

All neccesary steps are included in a Taskfile.yml, which is interpreted by task. See Task for installation details.

Architecture overview


  1. The user pushed updates to the repo
  2. CodePipeline gets triggered by the EventRule
  3. Input Artifacts are stored on S3
  4. CodeBuils is triggered
  5. CodeBuild installes hugo and renders site
  6. CodeBuild copies site (in '/public' ) to website bucket

Short Installation


  1. install cdk
  2. install task
  3. clone this repository
  4. create a working directory outside this repository. We call it workdir.
  5. Copy assets/Taskfile.yml to workdir
  6. Edit copied Taskfile.yml
    • Change line 8 to CDK_DIR: workdir


  1. `cd $workdir``
  2. task 1_Deploy_Pipeline
  3. task 2_Create_Hugo

Examine deployed architecture

Look into the resources of the CloudFormation Stack.

You see the CodeCommit repository. Examine the Hugo Code. You see the website bucket (Output CodepipelineStack.websitebucketout from the Stack) Open the website bucket in a browser. You see the deployed static website.

Play around, create new Hugo posts and push them to the CodeCommit repo. The website will be updated automatically.


  1. `task CodepipelineStack.websitebucketout
  2. Delete websitebucket (order buckets with "Date Created", you will the the two buckets)
  3. Delete gohugoartifactsbucket

Detailes setup

Deploy stack

cdk deploy


CodepipelineStack.websitebucketout = codepipelinestack-websitebucket976268b6-90738bunw6s6
CodepipelineStack.repocloneurl =

Create hugo site

Choose a working directory and install hugo as described here: Quick Start | Hugo

hugo new site quickstart
cd quickstart

Add git

Initialize git and add CodepipelineStack.repocloneurlas remote.

git init
git submodule add themes/story
git remote add origin

Define buildspec

Copy the buildspec.yml from the assets/buildspec.yml to the quickstartdirectory..

Add theme and content

echo 'theme = "story"' >> config.toml
hugo new posts/
echo public >>.gitignore

Commit files

git add .
git commit -m "Quickstart initial"
git push --set-upstream origin master

For this to work you have to have a valid AWS profile running and the credential helper installed: Setup Steps for HTTPS Connections to AWS CodeCommit Repositories on Linux, macOS, or Unix with the AWS CLI Credential Helper - AWS CodeCommit

Monitor pipeline

Goto the AWS Console to CodeBuild and monitor the deployment pipeline.

Pipeline view


Add Content and push

With each push you pipeline will be executed and the generated files will be copied to the websitebucket.

git add .
git commit -m "Some meaningfull message"
git push


Websitebucket is not deleted! Because its rendered with

    DeletionPolicy: Retain
You can’t perform that action at this time.