The buildkite-agent is a small, reliable, and cross-platform build runner that makes it easy to run automated builds on your own infrastructure. It’s main responsibilities are polling buildkite.com for work, running build jobs, reporting back the status code and output log of the job, and uploading the job's artifacts.
Full documentation is available at buildkite.com/docs/agent
$ buildkite-agent --help Usage: buildkite-agent <command> [options...] Available commands are: start Starts a Buildkite agent annotate Annotate the build page within the Buildkite UI with text from within a Buildkite job artifact Upload/download artifacts from Buildkite jobs meta-data Get/set data from Buildkite jobs pipeline Make changes to the pipeline of the currently running build step Make changes to a step (this includes any jobs that were created from the step) bootstrap Run a Buildkite job locally help Shows a list of commands or help for one command Use "buildkite-agent <command> --help" for more information about a command.
The agent is fairly portable and should run out of the box on most supported platforms without extras. On Linux hosts it requires
The agents page on Buildkite has personalised instructions, or you can refer to the Buildkite docs. Both cover installing the agent with Ubuntu (via apt), Debian (via apt), macOS (via homebrew), Windows and Linux.
We also support and publish Docker Images for the following operating systems. Docker images are tagged using the agent SemVer components followed by the operating system.
For example, agent version 3.30.0 is published as:
To start an agent all you need is your agent token, which you can find on your Agents page within Buildkite.
buildkite-agent start --token
By default, the agent sends some information back to the Buildkite mothership on what features are in use on that agent. Nothing sensitive or identifying is sent back to Buildkite, but if you want, you can disable this feature reporting by adding the
--no-feature-reporting flag to your
buildkite-agent start call. A full list of the features that we track can be found here.
These instructions assume you are running a recent macOS, but could easily be adapted to Linux and Windows.
# Make sure you have go 1.11+ installed. brew install go # Download the code somewhere, no GOPATH required git clone https://github.com/buildkite/agent.git cd agent # Create a temporary builds directory mkdir /tmp/buildkite-builds # Build an agent binary and start the agent go build -o /usr/local/bin/buildkite-agent . buildkite-agent start --debug --build-path=/tmp/buildkite-builds --token "abc" # Or, run the agent directly and skip the build step go run *.go start --debug --build-path=/tmp/buildkite-builds --token "abc"
We're using Go 1.18+ and Go Modules to manage our Go dependencies.
Dependencies are no longer committed to the repository, so compiling on Go <= 1.10 is not supported.
The agent is compiled using Go 1.18. Previous go versions may work, but are not guaranteed to.
We provide support for security and bug fixes on the current major release only.
Our architecture and operating system support is primarily limited by what golang itself supports.
We offer support for the following machine architectures (inspired by the Rust language platform support guidance).
We release binaries for various other platforms, and it should be possible to build it anywhere Go compiles, but official support is not provided for these Tier 3 platforms.
We currently provide support for running the Buildkite Agent on the following operating systems. Future major releases may drop support for old operating systems. The agent binary is fairly portable and should run out of the box on most UNIX like systems.
 See https://github.com/golang/go/issues/23011 for macOS / golang support and Supported macOS Versions for the last supported version of the Buildkite Agent for versions of macOS prior to those listed above.
Many thanks to our fine contributors! A full list can be found here, but you're all amazing, and we greatly appreciate your input ❤️
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