Prevent push on red build with the help of gocd_pre_push

An agile team delivers their software as and when they are ready with a small feature or user feedback. This is achieved with the help of Continuos integration and Continuos Delivery. The idea is whenever you make any change to your software, there is a continuos integration environment that checks if your changes integrates well with the rest of  the software or not. There are a lot of CI softwares available and one of them is GOCD which is open source and developed by ThoughtWorks.

GOCD has this concept of pipelines where you can configure what task you want to perform on your code base. For example when you push any change to your central repo, you want to run unit tests, integration tests and automation tests. And after all the tests passes, you want to create an artifact e.g .jar file for a java service and deploy it to an environment where QAs can test your changes.

The idea is if you make any breaking change and it makes your test fail, GOCD will highlight the pipeline as red. Then everybody will stop pushing their change until the pipeline becomes green. The person whoes changes has made it red is supposed to look into the pipeline and fix it, after that others can continue to push their changes.

Sometimes devs forget to check the status of pipelines and push the code on red pipeline. That makes the things worse because the pipeline will fail again. There is also a chance that your code might have another breaking changes, and multiple people will be looking into the pipeline.

To solve this problem of not pushing the changes on red pipeline can be solved, we need a tool which can check the concerned pipelines before pushing any changes to the central repo e.g GitHub.

Keeping the above problem in mind I wrote this tool called gocd_pre_push. This checks the status of pipelines which you have configured in pipelines.yml before pushing your changes. The code for this is available on github.

How gocd_pre_push works?

GOCD_PRE_PUSH is a ruby gem which creates a git pre-push hook for you. This hook checks the status of pipelines and based on the status it decides whether you can push your change or not. To make it very clear, it performs following tasks for you:

  • Get all the concerned pipelines from pipelines.yml
  • Get the status of all the pipelines using GOCD Apis.
  • Check the status of the pipelines specified in pipelines.yml
  • if any of the pipelines is red, print those pipelines and do not allow to push the changes.

How to use it?

Using gocd_pre_push is very easy. You just have to install the gocd_pre_push gem and run a single command in the root folder of your git repository.


Add the following line to your Gemfile and run bundle install.

One time setup

To create pre-push hook and a template of pipelines.yml execute the below command in root folder of your git repository.

It will create a hooks/pre-push file and symlink it with the .git/hooks/pre-push. Now open this file and configure your gocd server url, username and password. The go server details will look like this.

And your pre-push hook is ready. Now you need to tell gocd_pre_push, which pipelines you want to check for this repository. That you can add inside pipelines.yml. For example I want to check for following pipelines and their stages.

Thats all you have to configure. Once you push these change to your central repo, ask your fellow devs to take a pull and run the below commands on the root directory of your repository.

And they are done with the configuration. Now whenever someone runs git push command gocd_pre_push will check for the status of the pipelines and let you know if you can push your changes or not.

I hope you liked this tool, Happy Coding!


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