Rancher ships with several example repositories that you can use to familiarize yourself with pipelines. We recommend configuring and testing the example repository that most resembles your environment before using pipelines with your own repositories in a production environment. Use this example repository as a sandbox for repo configuration, build demonstration, etc. Rancher includes example repositories for:

  • Go
  • Maven
  • php

1. Configure Repositories

By default, the example pipeline repositories are disabled. Enable one (or more) to test out the pipeline feature and see how it works.

  1. From the context menu, open the project for which you want to run a pipeline.

  2. From the main menu, select Workloads. Then select the Pipelines tab.

  3. Click Configure Repositories.

    Step Result: A list of example repositories displays.

    Note: Example repositories only display if you haven’t fetched your own repos.

  4. Click Enable for one of the example repos (e.g., https://github.com/rancher/pipeline-example-go.git). Then click Done.


  • A pipeline is configured for the example repository, and it’s added to the Pipeline tab.
  • The following workloads are deployed to a new namespace:

    • docker-registry
    • jenkins
    • minio

2. Run Example Pipeline

After configuring an example repository, run the pipeline to see how it works.

  1. From the Pipelines tab, select Ellipsis (…) > Run.

    Note: When you run a pipeline the first time, it takes a few minutes to pull relevant images and provision necessary pipeline components. To understand what the example pipeline is doing, select Ellipsis (...) > Edit Config for your repo. Alternatively, view the .rancher-pipeline.yml file in the example repositories.

Result: The pipeline runs. You can see the results in the logs.

What’s Next?

For detailed information about setting up a pipeline in production, see the Configuring Pipelines.