Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) are the cornerstones of modern software development. They allow developers to streamline their workflows, automate repetitive tasks, and ensure their code is always ready for production. Jobs are important in CI/CD pipeline development for several reasons. They play a crucial role in streamlining the software development process, ensuring code quality, and accelerating time to market.

Jobs allow you to automate repetitive and time-consuming tasks like building, testing, and deploying your application. Automating these tasks can reduce human error, increase consistency, and allow your team to focus on more valuable work.

What are Jobs? Jobs is a feature of the platform, a DevOps orchestration tool designed to simplify and automate software development workflows. Jobs are tasks that are executed as part of a CI/CD pipeline, typically defined in a configuration file called ops.yml. These Jobs can include building, testing, deploying, and monitoring your applications. With Jobs, you can define and execute tasks automatically triggered by specific events in your development process. These tasks include building, testing, deploying, and monitoring your applications. CI/CD pipeline jobs enable you to catch issues early in the development cycle by running automated tests and other checks as soon as the code is committed. This faster feedback loop helps you identify and resolve problems more quickly, leading to better-quality code and a more efficient development process.

Why Use Jobs?

There are several benefits to incorporating Jobs into your CI/CD pipeline:

  • Simplified Configuration: Jobs makes it easy to define your CI/CD workflows in a straightforward, human-readable format. This simplification reduces the risk of configuration errors and makes it easier for your team to understand and maintain your workflows.
  • Scalability: As your projects grow, so does the complexity of your CI/CD pipeline. Jobs can easily scale to accommodate larger workloads and more demanding processes.
  • Integration: Jobs integrates seamlessly with popular tools and services like GitHub, allowing you to create powerful, customized workflows that suit your specific needs.

Getting Started with Jobs

To start using jobs in your CI/CD pipeline, follow these simple steps:

  1. Sign up for a account: Visit  and create an account to access the platform.
  2. Connect your repository: Integrate your GitHub account to for seamless collaboration.
  3. In your application repository on GitHub, create the ops.yml file in your root directory. In the ops.yml file you can organize your pipeline jobs into execution units, making it easier to manage and maintain your CI/CD pipeline. You can easily update, reuse, and share parts of your pipeline projects across projects and teams by breaking down your complex application workflow processes into smaller, modular jobs.
  4. In this tutorial, we will use the jobs processes in the AWS-ECS-Fargate workflow. The AWS ECS Fargate repo is open-source on GitHub; you can view the jobs and edit it to suit your workflow.
      - name: sample-app-build-job
        description: example build step
          - git
          - unzip
          - python
        # bind: # useful for running workflows locally with source code
          # - /path/on/host/to/source:/ops/application
          # download aws cli bundle
          - curl -o

          # extract aws cli from the compressed archive
          - unzip && ./awscli-bundle/install -b ~/bin/aws

          # set the env var to the required path
          - export PATH=~/bin:$PATH

          # get aws version
          - aws --version

          # clone github org and repo using github token
          - git clone https://$GITHUB_TOKEN:[email protected]/$ORG/$REPO

          # change directory to repo and list all files and directories
          - cd $REPO && ls -asl

          # login to aws ecr using path executables 
          - aws ecr get-login-password --region $AWS_REGION | docker login --username AWS --password-stdin $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$REPO

          # build docker image from dockerfile located in the specified path
          - docker build -f Dockerfile -t $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$STACK_TYPE:$REF .

          # push docker images to container registry
          - docker push $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$STACK_TYPE:$REF

In this configuration, the name of the job is sample-app-build-job with a description example build step. It uses several packages and consists of multiple steps to perform specific tasks.

  1. curl -o This step downloads the AWS CLI bundle from the specified URL and saves it as a file named
  2. unzip && ./awscli-bundle/install -b ~/bin/aws: This step extracts the AWS CLI bundle from the compressed archive and installs it to the specified location (~/bin/aws).
  3. export PATH=~/bin:$PATH: This step updates the environment variable PATH to include the AWS CLI installation path (`~/bin`). This ensures that the AWS CLI can be executed in subsequent steps.
  4. aws --version: This step displays the version of the installed AWS CLI.
  5. git clone https://$GITHUB_TOKEN:[email protected]/$ORG/$REPO: This step clones the GitHub repository specified by the $ORG and $REPO variables, using the provided $GITHUB_TOKEN for authentication.
  6. cd $REPO && ls -asl: This step changes the working directory to the cloned repository and lists all files and directories with their details.
  7. aws ecr get-login-password --region $AWS_REGION | docker login --username AWS --password-stdin $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$REPO: This step logs in to the AWS Elastic Container Registry (ECR) using the provided AWS account number, region, and repository information.
  8. docker build -f Dockerfile -t $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$STACK_TYPE:$REF .:This step builds a Docker image using the specified Dockerfile. The image is tagged with the ECR repository URL, stack type, and reference (branch or commit hash).
  9. docker push $AWS_ACCOUNT_NUMBER.dkr.ecr.$$STACK_TYPE:$REF: This step pushes the built Docker image to the specified ECR repository. You can always add and include other jobs build steps in your code to enhance your application workflow and check for more automated tests. pipeline jobs enable you to continuously refine and improve your development process by regularly evaluating the performance of your pipeline, identifying bottlenecks, and optimizing tasks. This iterative approach ensures that your CI/CD pipeline remains efficient and effective as your project evolves.

Transform Your CI/CD Workflow with Jobs Today!

Ready to supercharge your development pipelines and increase your team's productivity? Discover the power of Jobs using our open-source workflow template on GitHub, and start revolutionizing your software delivery process today!

With its easy-to-use interface, powerful integrations, and scalable infrastructure, Jobs is a must-have tool for any modern software development team looking to optimize their workflows and deliver better software faster.