CI/CD Pipeline for Node JS Application using GitHub Action

CI/CD Pipeline for Node JS Application using GitHub Action

May 31, 2023ยท

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๐Ÿ“ Introduction:

Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) are essential practices in modern software development. They help streamline the development process, reduce errors, and ensure that your application is always up-to-date. In this blog, we'll walk you through setting up a CI/CD pipeline for a Node.js application using GitHub Actions. We'll cover everything from creating a simple Node.js application to deploying it using GitHub Actions.

๐Ÿ“ Pre-requisites:

  • A GitHub account

  • Basic knowledge of Node.js and npm

๐Ÿš€ Step 1: Create a Node.js application

First, let's create a simple Node.js application. Create a new directory for your project and navigate to it:

mkdir my-node-app
cd my-node-app

Initialize a new Node.js project with the following command:

npm init -y

This command generates a package.json file with default values.

Create a new file called index.js and add the following content:

console.log('Hello, Node.js!');

๐Ÿš€ Step 2: Initialize a Git repository

Initialize a Git repository in your project directory:

git init

Create a .gitignore file to exclude unnecessary files from the repository:

echo "node_modules/" > .gitignore

Commit the initial project files:

git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"

๐Ÿš€ Step 3: Create a GitHub repository

Create a new repository on GitHub and push your local repository to it:

git remote add origin
git branch -M main
git push -u origin main

๐Ÿš€ Step 4: Set up GitHub Actions

Create a new directory called .github/workflows in your project:

mkdir -p .github/workflows

Create a new file called ci-cd.yml inside the .github/workflows directory:

touch .github/workflows/ci-cd.yml

Open the ci-cd.yml file and add the following content:

name: Node.js CI/CD

    branches: [ main ]
    branches: [ main ]

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

    - name: Checkout repository
      uses: actions/checkout@v2

    - name: Set up Node.js
      uses: actions/setup-node@v2
        node-version: '14'

    - name: Cache npm dependencies
      uses: actions/cache@v2
        path: ~/.npm
        key: ${{ runner.os }}-node-${{ hashFiles('**/package-lock.json') }}
        restore-keys: ${{ runner.os }}-node

    - name: Install dependencies
      run: npm ci

    - name: Run tests
      run: npm test

    - name: Deploy
      if: github.ref == 'refs/heads/main'
      run: echo "Deploy your application here"

This GitHub Actions workflow does the following:

  • Triggers on push and pull request events to the main branch

  • Checks out the repository

  • Sets up Node.js

  • Caches npm dependencies for faster builds

  • Installs dependencies using npm ci

  • Runs tests (add your test script to package.json)

  • Deploys the application (replace the echo command with your deployment script)

๐Ÿš€ Step 5: Commit and push the GitHub Actions workflow

Add the new GitHub Actions workflow to your repository:

git add .github/workflows/ci-cd.yml
git commit -m "Add GitHub Actions CI/CD workflow"
git push

Now, whenever you push changes to your main branch or create a pull request, the GitHub Actions workflow will automatically build, test, and deploy your Node.js application.

๐Ÿ“ Conclusion:

In this blog, we've demonstrated how to set up a CI/CD pipeline for a Node.js application using GitHub Actions. By following these steps, you can automate the build, test, and deployment processes for your Node.js projects, ensuring that your application is always up-to-date and error-free. Happy coding!

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