Exercise 8: Create a custom Tekton Task and Pipleline

In this exercise, we will show how to create Tekton artifacts, and how to plug into the existing pipelines and environment knowledge that Kabanero provides to those artifacts.

When you have completed this exercise, you will understand how to

  • create a custom Task in Tekton

  • create a custom Pipeline in Tekton

Tools used during Exercise 8


You should have already carried out the prerequisites defined in Exercise 7.

In addition, recall how to do the following from Exercise 4


1. Upload custom stack test to GitHub

From completing the previous exercise you should now have a code base in the following folder

cd ~/appsody-apps/test-custom-stack
ls -la

Should result in output that looks like the following:

$ ls -la
total 144
drwxr-xr-x 14 stevemar staff 448 19 Nov 14:20 .
drwxr-xr-x 9 stevemar staff 288 19 Nov 16:26 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 stevemar staff 70 15 Nov 10:02 .appsody-config.yaml
-rw-r--r-- 1 stevemar staff 1316 15 Nov 10:02 .gitignore
-rw-r--r-- 1 stevemar staff 130 15 Nov 10:12 app.js
drwxr-xr-x 2 stevemar staff 64 15 Nov 10:03 node_modules
-rw-r--r-- 1 stevemar staff 51421 15 Nov 10:02 package-lock.json
-rw-r--r-- 1 stevemar staff 455 19 Nov 12:52 package.json
drwxr-xr-x 3 stevemar staff 96 15 Nov 10:02 test

We will now upload that code to Github.

Go to https://github.com/new and create a new repository, test-custom-stack. Do not initiatize the repos with a license file or README.

From your test-custom-stack directory, run the commands below, replacing <username> with your own.

git init
git add -A
git commit -m "first commit"
git remote add my-org https://github.com:<username>/test-custom-stack.git
git push -u my-org master

The repo should look like this:

Repo code base

2. Create a custom Tekton Task

Create a new directory to iterate on new tasks

cd ~/appsody-apps
mkdir tekton-tasks
cd tekton-tasks

Create a new file named test-task.yaml with the following contents:

apiVersion: tekton.dev/v1alpha1
kind: Task
name: test-task
- name: git-source
type: git
- name: test-echo
image: kabanero/nodejs-express:0.2
workingDir: ${inputs.resources.git-source.path}
- /bin/bash
- -c
- |
set -e
echo "------"
echo "My working directory is:"
echo "------"
echo "I built my first Kabanero based Tekton task"

Run the following to create the Task in Tekton:

oc apply -f test-task.yaml -n kabanero

3. Create a custom Tekton Pipeline

Create a new file named test-pipeline.yaml with the following contents:

apiVersion: tekton.dev/v1alpha1
kind: Pipeline
name: test-pipeline
- name: git-source
type: git
- name: docker-image
type: image
- name: test-task
name: test-task
- name: git-source
resource: git-source

Run the following to create the Pipeline in Tekton:

oc apply -f test-pipeline.yaml -n kabanero

4. Add a webhook to Tekton to watch Github for changes

From the Tekton dashboard, we need to add a new webhook. Launch a browser and access the dashboard.

To configure the GitHub webhook to your repo. Go to Webhooks > Add Webhook and then create the webhook.

new webhook options

Create a webhook for the backend

Name: custom-stack-webhook
Repository URL: http://github.com/{username}/test-custom-stack
Access Token: github-tekton
Namespace: kabanero
Pipeline: test-pipeline
Service account: kabanero-operator
Docker Registry: docker-registry.default.svc:5000/kabanero

Return to your git repo and check the Settings > Webhooks panel to verify that the webhook has been added and is working.

5. Test it all out

In your test-custom-stack repo, change the file app.js. Change a value in the res.send("Hello from Appsody!"); function. Then commit this change and push to your github repo, for example:

git add -u
git commit -m "test change"
git push -f -u origin master

This will trigger the tekton pipleine. Go to the tekton dashboard and access the new pipeline it created.

See the custom task and custom pipeline