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How To Deploy Express With Amazon EKS And CircleCI

Learn how to set up a CICD pipeline with CircleCI and automate the deployment of Express to Amazon EKS.

Prerequisite

Set Up Environment Variables

  • In the AWS Console:

    • Create a new user named circleci.
    • Create a group named cicd.
    • Give the group the following permissions:
      • AmazonEC2ContainerRegistryFullAccess
      • AmazonEKSClusterPolicy
      • AmazonEKS_CNI_Policy
      • AmazonEKSWorkerNodePolicy
      • AmazonEKSVPCResourceController
      • AmazonEKSLocalOutpostClusterPolicy
    • Make sure the user belongs to the group.
    • Create AWS Access Key ID and AWS Secret Access Key for the user.
  • In local terminal:

    • Run the following command:
eksctl create iamidentitymapping --cluster my-cluster --region=us-west-2     --arn arn:aws:iam::207100238581:user/circleci --username circleci --group system:masters --no-duplicate-arns
  • Note: system:masters permissions is granted to the principal that originally created the cluster.

  • Troubleshooting:

    • Run kubectl describe configmap -n kube-system aws-auth to view the aws auth.
    • Run kubectl edit -n kube-system configmap/aws-auth to manually edit.
  • In CircleCI:

    • Go to Project Settings.
    • Go to Environment Variables.
    • Add the following environment variables:
      • AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID
      • AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY
      • AWS_DEFAULT_REGION

Create CircleCI Config

  • Go to Projects.
  • Click on Set Up Projects.
  • Click on Fast.
  • Select Node (Advanced).
  • Change the configuration to the following:
version: 2.1

orbs:
  node: circleci/node@4.7

jobs:
  build-and-test:
    docker:
      - image: cimg/node:16.10
    steps:
      - checkout
      - node/install-packages:
          pkg-manager: npm
      - run:
          name: Run tests
          command: npm test
  deploy_to_production:
    docker:
      - image: cimg/python:3.10.2
    steps:
      - checkout
      - setup_remote_docker:
          docker_layer_caching: false
      - run:
          name: Deploy to EKS
          command: |
            curl -LO "https://dl.k8s.io/release/$(curl -L -s https://dl.k8s.io/release/stable.txt)/bin/linux/amd64/kubectl"
            chmod +x ./kubectl
            pip3 install awscli --upgrade
            aws --version
            aws ecr get-login-password --region us-east-2 | docker login --username AWS --password-stdin 207100238581.dkr.ecr.us-east-2.amazonaws.com
            aws eks update-kubeconfig --name my-cluster
            LATEST_SHA=$(git rev-parse HEAD)
            docker build -t express-eks:$LATEST_SHA .
            docker tag express-eks:$LATEST_SHA 207100238581.dkr.ecr.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/express-eks:$LATEST_SHA
            docker push 207100238581.dkr.ecr.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/express-eks:$LATEST_SHA
            ./kubectl set image deployment/myapp myapp=207100238581.dkr.ecr.us-east-2.amazonaws.com/express-eks:$LATEST_SHA -n default

workflows:
  sample:
    jobs:
      - build-and-test
      - deploy_to_production:
          requires:
            - build-and-test
  • Make sure to replace the region, image url, and deployment name.
  • Click Commit and Run.

Next Steps

  • Read about CircleCI workflows and branch level job execution to set up deployments to staging and production.

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