Manage new entry using GitHub Actions


GoogleAppEngineGitHub Actions

The previous entry describes how to deploy static sites using GitHub Actions. As the next step, this entry is going to show how to manage new entries, and also how to publish entries based on schedules.

Deploy preview versions triggered by pull requests

Deploying preview versions for every pull_request is a good practice. To archive this, it needs a couple of things. First, deploy the developed new version not to the production environment, but another one. Second, send notifications including a URL for the preview version.

This blog is running on GAE. Since it provides service versioning, it’s easy to get the first stuff done. Most of the YAML is duplicated with the previous entry, so it shows only the different steps.

    types: [opened]

name: deploy preview app

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

    # prepare, build package

    - 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 $(GAE_PRODUCTION) \
            --version "preview-pr-${{ github.event.number }}" \
            --no-promote \
            --quiet \

The most important part is the last step. Using gcloud app deploy with --no-promote and --version options. --no-promote indicates this deployment will accept traffics from users as the production version. To deploy to production, use --promote instead. Another option --version is an identifier of this deployment. Additionally, the string "preview-pr-${{ github.event.number }}" passed to --version contains the number of pull request so that it should be unique by each pull request and its preview URL looks like https://preview-pr-100-dot-<service>-dot-<project>

You can find the manner of GAE URL here.

Send notification to the pull request

After the success of deploying a preview version, the next step is sending a notification to notify the preview site is available on a certain URL. Preview URLs can be constructed from the GAE service version, so the rest problem is the way to notify.

To make it simple here, post a comment on the pull request. You can find documents here.

  runs-on: ubuntu-latest
  needs: run

    - uses: actions/checkout@v2

    - name: post
      run: |
        curl \
          -X POST \
          -H "Content-Type: application/json" \
          -H "Accept: application/vnd.github.v3+json" \
          -H "Authorization: token $GITHUB_TOKEN" \
          --data "{ \"body\": \"CI succeeded! <br /> The preview URL is: <a href='${remote_url}'>${remote_url}</a>\" }" \
          ${{ github.event.pull_request.comments_url }}
        GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_TOKEN }}

As it uses the GITHUB_TOKEN associated with GitHub Actions, the comment looks posted by a bot.

In case you want to pretend as you posted comments, you can replace GITHUB_TOKEN with your generated token. For example, set GITHUB_ACTION_TOKEN in secrets and use it as GITHUB_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.GITHUB_ACTION_TOKEN }}.

As the result of this action, PR comment from bot will be appear.