Tekton is a powerful, vendor-neutral, and flexible framework for creating CI/CD systems, allowing developers to build, test, and deploy across cloud providers and on-premise systems.
It consists of Tekton Pipelines, which provides the building blocks, and of supporting components, such as Tekton CLI and Tekton Catalog, that make Tekton a complete ecosystem.
Tekton installs and runs as an extension on a Kubernetes cluster and comprises a set of Kubernetes Custom Resources that define the building blocks you can create and reuse for your pipelines. Once installed, Tekton Pipelines becomes available via the Kubernetes CLI (kubectl) and via API calls, just like pods and other resources. As a Kubernetes-native framework, Tekton helps to modernize continuous delivery by providing industry specifications for pipelines, workflows, and other building blocks — making deployment across multiple cloud providers or hybrid environments faster and easier.
This is free and open source software.
- Customizable. Tekton entities are fully customizable, allowing for a high degree of flexibility. Platform engineers can define a highly detailed catalog of building blocks for developers to use in a wide variety of scenarios.
- Reusable. Tekton entities are fully portable, so once defined, anyone within the organization can use a given pipeline and reuse its building blocks. This allows developers to quickly build complex pipelines without “reinventing the wheel.”
- Expandable. Tekton Catalog is a community-driven repository of Tekton building blocks. You can quickly create new and expand existing pipelines using pre-made components from the Tekton Catalog.
- Standardized. Tekton installs and runs as an extension on your Kubernetes cluster and uses the well-established Kubernetes resource model. Tekton workloads execute inside Kubernetes containers.
- Scalable. To increase your workload capacity, you can simply add nodes to your cluster. Tekton scales with your cluster without the need to redefine your resource allocations or any other modifications to your pipelines.
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