Intro

CI/CD with OpenFaaS

Due to the fact that OpenFaaS functions are built into portable Docker images you can use any container builder to build your functions. The faas-cli can be used to build, push and deploy your functions.

Use the native faas-cli

It is recommended to use the faas-cli binary for building and deploying your functions whether that is to Kubernetes or Docker Swarm.

  • Build only:

    faas-cli build
    

  • Build only & push:

    faas-cli build
    faas-cli push
    
  • To combine build, push and deploy:

    faas-cli up
    

You can also use --parallel or / --filter when you have multiple functions in your stack.yml file.

  • The --shrinkwrap flag

    The faas-cli build command invokes the docker CLI with the various flags and parameters required. If you want to use an alternative builder you can use the --shrinkwrap flag to generate a folder named ./build/<function> which can then be used with any other container builder such as BuildKit or Kaniko.

See also: faas-cli build reference.

GitLab

GitLab is both a source-control management system and a CI tool.

You can find a pipeline example on the GitLab CI/CD page.

GitHub

For GitHub you can build with any suitable CI tool such as:

It's really up to you.

Git examples with Jenkins Pipeline

Examples with Docker-in-Docker: Jenkins Pipeline examples

OpenFaaS Cloud

OpenFaaS Cloud can integrate with a public GitHub account or organisation or self-hosted GitLab instance to provide automatic CI/CD without any additional maintenance.

See also: OpenFaaS Cloud