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Launch .gitlab-ci.yml jobs locally

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Launch .gitlab-ci.yml jobs locally, wrapped inside the specific images,
with inplace project volume mounts and adaptive user selections.


The main purpose of this project is to unify and enhance reliability
of builds, tests or releases running on GitLab CI in a similar local context,
by providing the simplicity of an interactive and automated terminal tool
and avoiding code duplication (Makefile, Shell scripts, docker run, ...).

Rather than creating yet another standard, the .gitlab-ci.yml specification
is the common and unique interface between GitLab CI and gitlabci-local.




usage: gitlabci-runner-local [-h] [-q] [-c CONFIGURATION] [-b] [-a] [-m] [-p]
                             [-e ENV] [-t TAGS] [-v VOLUME] [-w WORKDIR]
                             [--all] [--defaults] [-d | -s | -l | --pull]
                             [names [names ...]]

gitlabci-runner-local: Launch .gitlab-ci.yml jobs locally
positional arguments
names Names of specific jobs (or stages with --pipeline)
optional arguments
-h Show this help message
-q, --quiet Hide jobs execution context
-c CONFIGURATION Path to the .gitlab-ci.yml configuration
-b, --before Enable before_script executions
-a, --after Enable after_script executions
-m, --manual Allow manual jobs to be used
-e ENV Define VARIABLE=value, pass VARIABLE or ENV file
-t TAGS Handle listed tags as manual jobs
Default list: ['deploy', 'local', 'publish']
-p, --pipeline Run complete stages rather than jobs
-v VOLUME Mount VOLUME or HOST:TARGET in Docker containers
-w WORKDIR Override the container's working path
--all Enable all jobs by default in selections
--defaults Use default variables for .local:configurations
-d, --dump Dump parsed .gitlab-ci.yml configuration
-s, --select Force jobs selection from enumerated names
-l, --list Select one job to run (implies --manual)
--pull Pull Docker images from all jobs

User configurations with ".local:configurations"

gitlabci-local implements support for specific user configurations
allowing simple and interactive local pipeline configurations.

Supported user configurations include boolean, choice, input, yaml and json.

Examples for each of these can be found in the configurations unit tests: tests/configurations

Job execution in native context

gitlabci-local runs every jobs in the specified Docker image.

For specific local purposes where the native host context is wished,
where the host tools, folders or credentials are required,
image: local can be used to run the scripts natively.

An example usage can be found in the local Changelog job: .gitlab-ci.yml

Environment variables

gitlabci-local uses the variables defined in .gitlab-ci.yml,
parses the simple environment variables file named .env
and the configurations selected through .local:configurations.

If specific environment variables are to be used in the job's container:

  • -e VARIABLE: pass an environment variable
  • -e VARIABLE=value: set a variable to a specific value
  • -e ENVIRONMENT_FILE: parse a file as default variables

For example, -e TERM=ansi may enable colored terminal outputs.

Windows compatibility

In order to access the interactive terminal user interfaces, Windows users may need to allocate an interactive PTY context through the winpty wrapper, for example winpty gitlabci-local.



  • .gitlab-ci.yml: GitLab CI/CD Pipeline Configuration Reference
  • git-chglog: CHANGELOG generator
  • peek: Simple GIF screen recorder
  • pexpect: Interactive console applications controller
  • PyPI: The Python Package Index
  • winpty: Windows PTY interface wrapper

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