Overview

Pipelines help you automate steps in your software delivery process, such as initiating code builds, running automated tests, and deploying to a staging or production environment.

Pipeline execution is triggered by a source code repository. A change in code triggers a webhook to Drone which runs the corresponding pipeline. Other common triggers include automatically scheduled or user-initiated workflows.

Pipelines are configured by placing a .drone.yml file in the root of your git repository. The yaml syntax is designed to be easy to read and expressive so that anyone viewing the repository can understand the workflow.

Example pipeline configuration:

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---
kind: pipeline
type: docker
name: default

steps:
- name: backend
  image: golang
  commands:
  - go build
  - go test

- name: frontend
  image: node
  commands:
  - npm install
  - npm run test

...

Drone supports different types of pipelines, each optimized for different use cases and runtime environments:

Docker Pipelines Kubernetes Pipelines Exec Pipelines SSH Pipelines Digital Ocean Pipelines