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Setup CI Server

Setup CI Server

Note: Role: DevOps
Dependent on By Documentation
CI server provisioning IT Operations Prepare Infrastructure
Maven repository setup DevOps Setup Maven Repository
Source code preparation Tech Lead Prepare Source Code


A Continuous Integration (CI) server is a core requirement for team-based development. Elastic Path recommends Jenkins.

The objectives of this step are to:

  • Automatically build all modules that were committed to source control in Prepare Source Code .
  • Deploy the resulting artifacts to the Maven repository manager so they can be shared with the construction team.

Build Sequence

The build sequence for Elastic Path modules is shown in the following diagram:

Build Sequence

Continuous Integration Jobs

You need to setup CI jobs only on the primary development branch. The following jobs and associated commands must be automated:

Job Name Description Maven command
EP Commerce Builds the ep-commerce module and all modules within the ep-commerce module. This job builds:
  • Bill of Materials
  • Commerce Engine
  • Health Monitoring
  • Commerce Manager
  • Cortex Resources
  • Extensions
  • Commerce Data
  • Deployment Package

Root POM: ep-commerce/pom.xml.

mvn -B -U -e clean deploy -Pwith-deployment-package
Deploy to Dev Team Server

Root POM: ep-commerce/devops/pom.xml

mvn -B -U -e clean package

After Maven has completed, the CI server should execute the following script:

cd ~/
rm -rf target &&
rm -rf deploy &&
mkdir deploy

scp $WORKSPACE/pusher-package/target/*.zip $DEPLOYER_USER@$DEPLOYER_HOST:deploy

cd deploy
chmod +x *.zip &&
unzip *pusher-package*.zip

cd deploy/the-pusher*
chmod +x && ./ -p ../*deployment-package*.zip -f ../environments/dev/pusher.conf 
-f ../environments/dev/ -d $DATA_POPULATION_COMMAND

where the following parameters are supplied by the CI job:

Parameter Description
$WORKSPACE The devops project directory on the CI server
$DEPLOY_ENVIRONMENT The environment to be deployed
$DEPLOYER_HOST The host on which the deployment script is to be run
$DEPLOYER_USER The username for connecting to the deployer host
$DATA_POPULATION_COMMAND The data population command to be executed. Values are:
  • reset-db: Drops the database if it exists, then creates and populates a new database.
  • update-db: Updates the current database with schema and data changes.
  • none: Deploys without running data population.
Commerce Manager System Tests
  • Runs Commerce Manager Selenium + Cucumber tests using a deployed server as the test target.

Root POM: ep-commerce/extensions/cm/system-tests/selenium/pom.xml

mvn clean verify -Premote -Dcucumber.options="--tags @smoketest" -Dfailsafe.fork.count="1" 
Tip: Test-ids must be enabled on the target server using JVM parameter -Dorg.eclipse.rap.rwt.enableUITests=true.


  • A valid settings.xml file is required to build modules. The recommended practice is to use the maven/ci-settings.xml file in the ep-commerce/devops module and check this out from SCM at the beginning of each job.
  • You can choose to add the following profiles to each of the maven commands:
    1. pass-build-even-if-tests-fail - Using Jenkins, if a test fails then the build does not fail. This is useful because the build will continue running and it will find all test failures. The build will turn unstable instead of passing or failing.
    2. pass-build-even-if-code-compliance-fails - Same logic as (a) but with regards to code compliance/code checking rules.

Distribution Management

In order to deploy artifacts to your Maven repository you need a settings.xml file with the repository URLs and credentials to match the distribution management defined for Elastic Path projects, as shown below:


The <distributionManagement> element is defined as follows:


Configuring ci-settings.xml

To configure Maven for CI builds and distribution management, replace the following tokens in devops/maven/ci-settings.xml and commit to source control.

Token Description
PROJECT_REPOSITORY_GROUP_URL The URL of the project repository group used as the project mirror.
PROJECT_RELEASE_REPOSITORY_URL The URL of the project Elastic Path Releases Repository
PROJECT_SNAPSHOT_REPOSITORY_URL The URL of the project Elastic Path Snapshots Repository
MAVEN_DEPLOYER_USER_NAME The user name for the Maven repository account used for deployment

The password for the Maven repository account used for deployment


See the Maven How to encrypt server passwords if you wish to use encrypted passwords in your ci-settings.xml.


  • A working Continuous Integration server that builds and deploys Elastic Path projects.