Quick-Start Installation and Tutorial
Zuul is not like other CI or CD systems. It is a project gating system designed to assist developers in taking a change from proposal through deployment. Zuul can support any number of workflow processes and systems, but to help you get started with Zuul, this tutorial will walk through setting up a basic gating configuration which protects projects from merging broken code.
This tutorial is entirely self-contained and may safely be run on a workstation. The only requirements are a network connection, the ability to run Docker containers, and at least 2GiB of RAM.
This tutorial supplies a working Gerrit for code review, though the concepts you will learn apply equally to GitHub.
Even if you don’t ultimately intend to use Gerrit, you are encouraged to follow this tutorial to learn how to set up and use Zuul.
At the end of the tutorial, you will find further information about how to configure your Zuul to interact with GitHub.
Start Zuul Containers
Before you start, ensure that some needed packages are installed.
# Red Hat / CentOS: sudo yum install epel-release sudo yum update sudo yum install docker docker-compose git python-pip sudo pip install git-review # Fedora: sudo dnf install docker docker-compose git git-review # OpenSuse: sudo zypper install docker docker-compose git sudo python3 -m pip install git-review # Ubuntu / Debian: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install docker-compose docker.io git python3-pip sudo python3 -m pip install git-review # Start and Enable the docker service on Fedora / CentOS # Red Hat / OpenSuse / Ubuntu / Debian: sudo systemctl enable docker.service sudo systemctl start docker.service
Clone the Zuul repository:
git clone https://opendev.org/zuul/zuul
Then cd into the directory containing this document, and run docker-compose in order to start Zuul, Nodepool and Gerrit.
cd zuul/doc/source/examples sudo -E docker-compose -p zuul-tutorial up
For reference, the files in that directory are also browsable on the web.
All of the services will be started with debug-level logging sent to the standard output of the terminal where docker-compose is running. You will see a considerable amount of information scroll by, including some errors. Zuul will immediately attempt to connect to Gerrit and begin processing, even before Gerrit has fully initialized. The docker composition includes scripts to configure Gerrit and create an account for Zuul. Once this has all completed, the system should automatically connect, stabilize and become idle. When this is complete, you will have the following services running:
Zuul Web Server
And a long-running static test node used by Nodepool and Zuul upon which to run tests.
The Zuul scheduler is configured to connect to Gerrit via a connection
gerrit. Zuul can interact with as many systems as
necessary, each such connection is assigned a name for use in the Zuul
Zuul is a multi-tenant application, so that differing needs of
independent work-groups can be supported from one system. This
example configures a single tenant named
to this tenant are three projects:
test2. These have already been created in Gerrit and are ready
for us to begin using.
Add Your Gerrit Account
Before you can interact with Gerrit, you will need to create an
account. The initialization script has already created an account for
Zuul, but has left the task of creating your own account to you so
that you can provide your own SSH key. You may safely use any
existing SSH key on your workstation, or you may create a new one by
Gerrit is configured in a development mode where passwords are not required in the web interface and you may become any user in the system at any time.
To create your Gerrit account, visit http://localhost:8080 in your browser and click Sign in in the top right corner.
Then click New Account under Register.
Don’t bother to enter anything into the confirmation dialog that pops up, instead, click the settings link at the bottom.
In the Profile section at the top, enter the username you use to log into your workstation in the Username field and your full name in the Full name field, then click Save Changes.
Scroll down to the Email Addresses section and enter your email address into the New email address field, then click Send Verification. Since Gerrit is in developer mode, it will not actually send any email, and the address will be automatically confirmed. This step is useful since several parts of the Gerrit user interface expect to be able to display email addresses.
Scroll down to the SSH keys section and copy and paste the contents
~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub into the New SSH key field and click Add
New SSH Key.
Click the Reload button in your browser to reload the page with the new settings in effect. At this point you have created and logged into your personal account in Gerrit and are ready to begin configuring Zuul.
Configure Zuul Pipelines
Zuul recognizes two types of projects: config projects and untrusted projects. An untrusted project is a normal project from Zuul’s point of view. In a gating system, it contains the software under development and/or most of the job content that Zuul will run. A config project is a special project that contains the Zuul’s configuration. Because it has access to normally restricted features in Zuul, changes to this repository are not dynamically evaluated by Zuul. The security and functionality of the rest of the system depends on this repository, so it is best to limit what is contained within it to the minimum, and ensure thorough code review practices when changes are made.
Zuul has no built-in workflow definitions, so in order for it to do
anything, you will need to begin by making changes to a config
project. The initialization script has already created a project
zuul-config which you should now clone onto your workstation:
git clone http://localhost:8080/zuul-config
You will find that this repository is empty. Zuul reads its
configuration from either a single file or a directory. In a Config
Project with substantial Zuul configuration, you may find it easiest
to use the
zuul.d directory for Zuul configuration. Later, in
Untrusted Projects you will use a single file for in-repo
configuration. Make the directory:
cd zuul-config mkdir zuul.d
The first type of configuration items we need to add are the Pipelines
we intend to use. In Zuul, a Pipeline represents a workflow action.
It is triggered by some action on a connection. Projects are able to
attach jobs to run in that pipeline, and when they complete, the
results are reported along with actions which may trigger further
Pipelines. In a gating system two pipelines are required:
check and gate. In our system,
check will be
triggered when a patch is uploaded to Gerrit, so that we are able to
immediately run tests and report whether the change works and is
therefore able to merge. The
gate pipeline is triggered when a code
reviewer approves the change in Gerrit. It will run test jobs again
(in case other changes have merged since the change in question was
uploaded) and if these final tests pass, will automatically merge the
change. To configure these pipelines, copy the following file into
- pipeline: name: check description: | Newly uploaded patchsets enter this pipeline to receive an initial +/-1 Verified vote. manager: independent require: gerrit: open: True current-patchset: True trigger: gerrit: - event: patchset-created - event: change-restored - event: comment-added comment: (?i)^(Patch Set [0-9]+:)?( [\w\\+-]*)*(\n\n)?\s*recheck success: gerrit: Verified: 1 failure: gerrit: Verified: -1 - pipeline: name: gate description: | Changes that have been approved are enqueued in order in this pipeline, and if they pass tests, will be merged. manager: dependent post-review: True require: gerrit: open: True current-patchset: True approval: - Workflow: 1 trigger: gerrit: - event: comment-added approval: - Workflow: 1 start: gerrit: Verified: 0 success: gerrit: Verified: 2 submit: true failure: gerrit: Verified: -2
Once we have bootstrapped our initial Zuul configuration, we will want
to use the gating process on this repository too, so we need to attach
zuul-config repository to the
we are about to create. There are no jobs defined yet, so we must use
the internally defined
noop job, which always returns success.
Later on we will be configuring some other projects, and while we will
be able to dynamically add jobs to their pipelines, those projects
must first be attached to the pipelines in order for that to work. In
our system, we want all of the projects in Gerrit to participate in
the check and gate pipelines, so we can use a regular expression to
apply this to all projects. To configure the
zuul-config to run the
noop job, and add all
projects to those pipelines (with no jobs), copy the following file
- project: name: ^.*$ check: jobs:  gate: jobs:  - project: name: zuul-config check: jobs: - noop gate: jobs: - noop
Every real job (i.e., all jobs other than
noop) must inherit from a
base job, and base jobs may only be defined in a
config-project. Let’s go ahead and add a simple base job that
we can build on later. Copy the following into
- job: name: base parent: null nodeset: nodes: - name: ubuntu-focal label: ubuntu-focal
Commit the changes and push them up for review:
git add zuul.d git commit -m "Add initial Zuul configuration" git review
Because Zuul is currently running with no configuration whatsoever, it will ignore this change. For this initial change which bootstraps the entire system, we will need to bypass code review (hopefully for the last time). To do this, you need to switch to the Administrator account in Gerrit. Visit http://localhost:8080 in your browser and then:
Click the avatar image in the top right corner then click Sign out.
Then click the Sign in link again.
Click admin to log in as the admin user.
You will then see a list of open changes; click on the change you uploaded.
Click Reply… at the top center of the change screen. This will open a dialog where you can leave a review message and vote on the change. As the administrator, you have access to vote in all of the review categories, even Verified which is normally reserved for Zuul. Vote Code-Review: +2, Verified: +2, Workflow: +1, and then click Send to leave your approval votes.
Once the required votes have been set, the Submit button will appear in the top right; click it. This will cause the change to be merged immediately. This is normally handled by Zuul, but as the administrator you can bypass Zuul to forcibly merge a change.
Now that the initial configuration has been bootstrapped, you should not need to bypass testing and code review again, so switch back to the account you created for yourself. Click on the avatar image in the top right corner then click Sign out.
Then click the Sign in link again.
And click your username to log into your account.
Test Zuul Pipelines
Zuul is now running with a basic check and gate configuration. Now is a good time to take a look at Zuul’s web interface. Visit http://localhost:9000/t/example-tenant/status to see the current status of the system. It should be idle, but if you leave this page open during the following steps, you will see it update automatically.
We can now begin adding Zuul configuration to one of our untrusted projects. Start by cloning the test1 project which was created by the setup script.
cd .. git clone http://localhost:8080/test1
Every Zuul job that runs needs a playbook, so let’s create a sub-directory in the project to hold playbooks:
cd test1 mkdir playbooks
Start with a simple playbook which just outputs a debug message. Copy
the following to
- hosts: all tasks: - debug: msg: Hello world!
Now define a Zuul job which runs that playbook. Zuul will read its
configuration from any of
.zuul.d/ directories, or
.zuul.yaml. Generally in an untrusted
project which isn’t dedicated entirely to Zuul, it’s best to put
Zuul’s configuration in a hidden file. Copy the following to
.zuul.yaml in the root of the project:
- job: name: testjob run: playbooks/testjob.yaml - project: check: jobs: - testjob gate: jobs: - testjob
Commit the changes and push them up to Gerrit for review:
git add .zuul.yaml playbooks git commit -m "Add test Zuul job" git review
Zuul will dynamically evaluate proposed changes to its configuration in untrusted projects immediately, so shortly after your change is uploaded, Zuul will run the new job and report back on the change.
Visit http://localhost:8080/dashboard/self and open the change you just uploaded. If the build is complete, Zuul should have left a Verified: +1 vote on the change, along with a comment at the bottom. Expand the comments and you should see that the job succeeded, and a link to the build result in Zuul is provided. You can follow that link to see some information about the build, but you won’t find any logs since Zuul hasn’t been told where to save them yet.
This means everything is working so far, but we need to configure a bit more before we have a useful job.
Configure a Base Job
Every Zuul tenant needs at least one base job. Zuul administrators can use a base job to customize Zuul to the local environment. This may include tasks which run both before jobs, such as setting up package mirrors or networking configuration, or after jobs, such as artifact and log storage.
Zuul doesn’t take anything for granted, and even tasks such as copying the git repos for the project being tested onto the remote node must be explicitly added to a base job (and can therefore be customized as needed). The Zuul in this tutorial is pre-configured to use the zuul jobs repository which is the “standard library” of Zuul jobs and roles. We will make use of it to quickly create a base job which performs the necessary set up actions and stores build logs.
Return to the
zuul-config repo that you were working in earlier.
We’re going to add some playbooks to the empty base job we created
earlier. Start by creating a directory to store those playbooks:
cd .. cd zuul-config mkdir -p playbooks/base
Zuul supports running any number of playbooks before a job (called
pre-run playbooks) or after a job (called post-run playbooks).
We’re going to add a single pre-run playbook now. Copy the
- hosts: all roles: - add-build-sshkey - prepare-workspace
This playbook does two things; first it creates a new SSH key and adds it to all of the hosts in the inventory, and removes the private key that Zuul normally uses to log into nodes from the running SSH agent. This is just an extra bit of protection which ensures that if Zuul’s SSH key has access to any important systems, normal Zuul jobs can’t use it. The second thing the playbook does is copy the git repositories that Zuul has prepared (which may have one or more changes being tested) to all of the nodes used in the job.
Next, add a post-run playbook to remove the per-build SSH key. Copy
the following to
- hosts: all roles: - remove-build-sshkey
This is the complement of the add-build-sshkey role in the pre-run
playbook – it simply removes the per-build ssh key from any remote
systems. Zuul always tries to run all of the post-run playbooks
regardless of whether any previous playbooks have failed. Because we
always want log collection to run and we want it to run last, we
create a second post-run playbook for it. Copy the following to
- hosts: localhost gather_facts: False roles: - generate-zuul-manifest - role: upload-logs zuul_log_url: "http://localhost:8000"
The first role in this playbook generates some metadata about the logs which are about to be uploaded. Zuul uses this metadata in its web interface to nicely render the logs and other information about the build.
This tutorial is running an Apache webserver in a container which will serve build logs from a volume that is shared with the Zuul executor. That volume is mounted at /srv/static/logs, which is the default location in the upload-logs role. The role also supports copying files to a remote server via SCP; see the role documentation for how to configure it. For this simple case, the only option we need to provide is the URL where the logs can ultimately be found.
Zuul-jobs also contains roles to upload logs to a OpenStack Object Storage (swift) or Google Cloud Storage containers. If you create a role to upload logs to another system, please feel free to contribute it to the zuul-jobs repository for others to use.
Now that the new playbooks are in place, update the
definition to include them. Overwrite
zuul.d/jobs.yaml with the
- job: name: base parent: null description: | The recommended base job. All jobs ultimately inherit from this. It runs a pre-playbook which copies all of the job's prepared git repos on to all of the nodes in the nodeset. It also sets a default timeout value (which may be overidden). pre-run: playbooks/base/pre.yaml post-run: - playbooks/base/post-ssh.yaml - playbooks/base/post-logs.yaml roles: - zuul: zuul/zuul-jobs timeout: 1800 nodeset: nodes: - name: ubuntu-focal label: ubuntu-focal
Then commit the change and upload it to Gerrit for review:
git add playbooks zuul.d/jobs.yaml git commit -m "Update Zuul base job" git review
Visit http://localhost:8080/dashboard/self and open the
zuul-config change you just uploaded.
You should see a Verified +1 vote from Zuul. Click Reply then vote Code-Review: +2 and Workflow: +1 then click Send.
Wait a few moments for Zuul to process the event, and then reload the page. The change should have been merged.
Visit http://localhost:8080/dashboard/self and return to the
test1 change you uploaded earlier. Click Reply then type
recheck into the text field and click Send.
This will cause Zuul to re-run the test job we created earlier. This time it will run with the updated base job configuration, and when complete, it will report the published log location as a comment on the change:
Follow the link and you will be directed to the build result page. If you click on the Logs tab, you’ll be able to browse the console log for the job. In the middle of the log, you should see the “Hello, world!” output from the job’s playbook.
Also try the Console tab for a more structured view of the log. Click on the OK button in the middle of the page to see the output of just the task we’re interested in.
You now have a Zuul system up and running, congratulations!
The Zuul community would love to hear about how you plan to use Zuul. Please take a few moments to fill out the Zuul User Survey to provide feedback and information around your deployment. All information is confidential to the OpenStack Foundation unless you designate that it can be public.
If you would like to make further changes to Zuul, its configuration
files are located in the
and are bind-mounted into the running containers. You may edit them
and restart the Zuul containers to make changes.
If you would like to connect your Zuul to GitHub, see GitHub.