Deploy blog via GitHub Actions


GoogleAppEngineGitHub Actions

This blog( is hosted on Google AppEngine(a.k.a GAE). GAE is super useful not only for dynamic WEB applications but also for static sites. To deploy applications and sites on GAE, it just needs to call gcloud app deploy command.
Speaking of GAE deployments, it usually happens frequently, so that I wanted to make deployment automated one.

This post describes how to deploy applications to GAE through GitHub Actions.

Create a GCP ServiceAccount

A GCP service account is needed to automate deployments. You can find and create it from here:[project-name]

GAE deployment requires these IAM roles:

  • App Engine Deployer
  • App Engine Service Admin
  • Cloud Build Service Account
  • Storage Object Viewer

At the last, you have to save the generated JSON key.

Configure secrets

The next step is to configure some secrets to be able to run gcloud app deploy in GitHub Actions. For example, it can configure like:

  • GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL: an email address created before section
  • GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_KEY: whole JSON key file content

I’m going to touch GITHUB_ACTION_TOKEN in future posts.

Write GitHub Actions YAML

Writing a YAML file is an inevitable step, unfortunately.
The whole of a sample YAML file is below.

name: deploy

      - master

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

      - uses: actions/checkout@v2

      - name: setup node
        uses: actions/setup-node@v1
          node-version: "13.x"

      - name: cache dependencies
        uses: actions/cache@v1
          path: ~/.npm
          key: ${{ runner.os }}-node-${{ hashFiles('**/yarn.lock') }}
          restore-keys: |
            ${{ runner.os }}-node-

      - name: build
        run: |
          yarn build

      - name: setup gcloud environment
        uses: GoogleCloudPlatform/github-actions@0.1.2
          version: "281.0.0"
          service_account_email: ${{ secrets.GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL }}
          service_account_key: ${{ secrets.GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_KEY }}

      - name: deploy
        run: |
          gcloud app deploy \
              --project <project> \
              --version 'hoge' \
              --promote \
              --quiet \

To be able to use gcloud command with a login session, setup gcloud environment section is the most important one. It uses GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_EMAIL and GCP_SERVICE_ACCOUNT_KEY which are saved at the previous section, and then the following steps can access GCP with the credentials.

Besides, the build process will create lots of caches and intermediate files, and affect deployment durations and package sizes. In order to mitigate such problemns, using .gcloudignore probably work to reduce them. It looks like:

.* # hidden files