CI/CD for Your Sitecore Pet Project Using AppVeyor.


There is lots of information about how to build continuous integration, continuous delivery and continuous deployment for enterprise Sitecore projects. But, none of these include information about Sitecore projects on GitHub with CI/CD (at least I haven’t faced with them). That is why I have decided to write a step-by-step guide on how to get CI/CD for your Sitecore pet project for free.

Let’s start:

  1. Create accounts forGitHuband AppVeyor(using authorization via GitHub)
  2. Create your Sitecore project and push it to GitHub
  3. Create and push appveyor.yml file to your repository
  4. #Version of project could be based on build number
    version: 1.0.{build}
    #Path(s) to artifacts. We will create Sitecore update package and ship it as artifact
      - path: build\artifacts\*.update
        name: Sitecore.Akamai
      #Configure Nuget to use public Sitecore packages feed
      - nuget sources add -Name SitecorePublicFeed -Source
      #Restore packages configured in solution
      - nuget restore Sitecore.Akamai.sln
      #Solution file
      project: Sitecore.Akamai.sln
    #Configuration of deployment artifacts to GitHub as release. It is not possible to save artifacts on Appveyor due to limited time of storage (30 days)
      #Run PowerShell script that will build .update Sitecore package
      - ps: .\build\build.ps1  
      #Release name
      release: Sitecore.Akamai-v$(appveyor_build_version)
      #Description of release
      description: 'Using Akamai features inside Sitecore'
      #Deploy to GitHub
      provider: GitHub
      #Secure token to upload files to GitHub
        secure: rkLSxUbN2YMMG/r6lzLq1PN0n07dqJBtk/8ZR2c/InGy0SBOsmqGXfIQWMQOZUAs 
      draft: false
      prerelease: false
        branch: master                # release from master branch only
        appveyor_repo_tag: true       # deploy on tag push only
      #Intallation of Sitecore.Courier Powershell module to have ability to build Sitecore package
      - ps: Set-ExecutionPolicy Bypass -Scope Process -Force; iex ((New-Object System.Net.WebClient).DownloadString(''))
      #Intallation of Sitecore.Courier to have ability to build Sitecore package
      - choco install sitecore-courier
  5. Commit and push powershell script that will prepare Sitecore update package with files and items using Sitecore.Courier
  6. #Get package version from Appveyor
    $version = $env:APPVEYOR_BUILD_VERSION
    if ($version -eq $null) {
        $version = "1.0.0"
    "Package version: " + $version
    #Clear build directories
    Remove-Item build\package -Recurse -ErrorAction Ignore
    Remove-Item build\artifacts -Recurse -ErrorAction Ignore
    #Create directories structure for package
    New-Item -Name build\package -ItemType directory
    New-Item -Name build\artifacts -ItemType directory
    New-Item -Name build\package\Data -ItemType directory
    New-Item -Name build\package\bin -ItemType directory
    New-Item -Name build\package\App_Config\Include\Foundation -ItemType directory
    #Copy Sitecore items and assemblies to proper location
    Copy-Item .\src\Foundation\Akamai\code\bin\Foundation.Akamai* .\build\package\bin
    Copy-Item .\src\Foundation\Akamai\code\App_Config\Include\Foundation\Foundation.Sitecore.Akamai.config .\build\package\App_Config\Include\Foundation
    Copy-Item .\src\Foundation\Akamai\serialization\* .\build\package\Data -recurse
    #Run Sitecore Courier to prepare .update package
    $packageCmd = "Sitecore.Courier.Runner.exe -t build\package -o build\artifacts\sitecore.akamai." + $version + ".update -r"
    iex $packageCmd
  1. Add a new project to Appveyor from GitHub
  2. Configure the publishing of artifacts. Create a new GitHub token. Encrypt it using AppVeyor and update appveyor.yml with new encrypted value.
  3. Update file with badge of build status

That is all. After next commit to your GitHub repo, new AppVeyor build will be triggered and Sitecore update package will be prepared. Sitecore update package will be available from artifacts tab on build details page. New GitHub release will be created after the creation of the new tag in the repository. The release will contain an archive of source files and Sitecore .update package. Update package will contain files and items and could be installed on any Sitecore website using update installation wizard.

As a bonus, you can configure code metrics on Sonar Cloud for free:

  1. Create a new Sonar Cloud account using GitHub authorization
  2. Generate new Sonar Cloud token and encrypt it using AppVeyor
  3. Change you appveyor.yml configuration:
  4. before_build:
      #Start SonarQube runner
      - MSBuild.SonarQube.Runner.exe begin /k:"Sitecore.Akamai" /d:"" /d:"sonar.login=%sonar_token%" /d:"sonar.organization=github-antonytm" /n:"Sitecore.Akamai"
      #Stop SonarQube runner
      - MSBuild.SonarQube.Runner.exe end /d:"sonar.login=%sonar_token%"
      - ps: .\build\build.ps1  
        secure: xxx #Put your encrypted Sonar Cloud token here
      #Install msbuild SonarQube runner
      - choco install "msbuild-sonarqube-runner" -y
  5. Update file with Sonar Cloud code quality badges.
  6. It took some time to set up this configuration first time. But for the second project, it took less than half an hour. This free lightweight cloud CI/CD is a good investment in saving your time to avoid preparing new builds manually. And you should not necessarily select services described in this article. It is only one way that was shown as an example. GitHub could be replaced with Bitbucket, AppVeyor with TravisCI, etc.

    You can see all this in action inside my repository on GitHub.

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Anton has worked as a developer since 2007, he is a highly experienced Sitecore developer who previously worked as a Technical Team Lead at Sitecore. Anton's expertise in the Sitecore platform is formidable; he's definitely one of the world's finest Sitecore ninjas and in 2019 he was recognised as the only Sitecore MVP in the Ukraine when he achieved his Technology MVP Status.
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07 Aug 2018 - 7 minute read
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