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User Guide (API Version 2010-05-15)

Continuous Delivery with AWS CodePipeline

Continuous delivery is a release practice in which code changes are automatically built, tested, and prepared for release to production. With AWS CloudFormation and AWS CodePipeline, you can use continuous delivery to automatically build and test changes to your AWS CloudFormation templates before promoting them to production stacks. This release process lets you rapidly and reliably make changes to your AWS infrastructure.

For example, you can create a workflow that automatically builds a test stack when you submit an updated template to a code repository. After AWS CloudFormation builds the test stack, you can test it and then decide whether to push the changes to a production stack. For more information about the benefits of continuous delivery, see What is Continuous Delivery?.

Use AWS CodePipeline to build a continuous delivery workflow by building a pipeline for AWS CloudFormation stacks. AWS CodePipeline has built-in integration with AWS CloudFormation, so you can specify AWS CloudFormation-specific actions, such as creating, updating, or deleting a stack, within a pipeline. For more information about AWS CodePipeline, see the AWS CodePipeline User Guide.