GitLab CI: Running JOBS Locally with GitLab Runner using Shell on Windows

GitLab CI: Running JOBS Locally with GitLab Runner using Shell on Windows.

Prerequisites:

  • GitLab account
  • Git installed in the system
  • PowerShell
  • A project hosted on GitLab

Steps to be followed

Step 1) Download Git Runner

Source to install Git Runner: https://docs.gitlab.com/runner/install/windows.html

Step 2) Create a folder named C:\GitLab-Runner\ and paste gitlab-runner.exe file (Download the binary for x86)

Step 3) Run the powershell or cmd with admin privileges

Step 4) Register the Runner

          To register a Runner under Windows:

  • Run the following command:

./gitlab-runner.exe register

  • Enter your GitLab instance URL:

Please enter the gitlab-ci coordinator URL (e.g. https://gitlab.com )

https://gitlab.com

  • Enter the token you obtained to register the Runner: (refer image below)

Please enter the gitlab-ci token for this runner

xxxxxxxxxx

  • Enter a description for the Runner, you can change this later in GitLab’s UI:

Please enter the gitlab-ci description for this runner

Test Runner

  • Enter the tags associated with the Runner, you can change this later in GitLab’s UI:

Please enter the gitlab-ci tags for this runner (comma separated):

my-tag,another-tag

  • Enter the Runner executor:

Please enter the executor: ssh, docker+machine, docker-ssh+machine, kubernetes, docker, parallels, virtualbox, docker-

Shell

Note: To find GitLab Runner token, Go to you GitLab Project->Settings->CI/CD->Expand Runner

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Find the Registration token in the above image.

Step 5) Start the runner service

./gitlab-runner.exe start

Check in the gitlab portal

You will be able to see active runners

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Step 6) Clone the Project Repo

Use git clone [repo URL] as shown below

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Step 7) Make sure you have gitlab-ci.yml file configured in your root folder

Current Sample Job in yaml file just for Testing the flow

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Step 8) Use exec command

The exec command is used to execute the builds locally

./gitlab-runner exec shell [Job Name in your YAML file]

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