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How to install and configure Drone on Ubuntu 20.04 server

Linux Ubuntu

Introduction

CI/CD - Response to specific requests or triggers when working with containers,
or any other project, that is, acts as a notification of changes in the project.

Simplifies the work with notification, storing results, as well as publishing various projects.

Drone CI also has a free SaaS (software as a service) plan that is available for open source projects.

Integrates with Github, Bitbucket, Gitea. Configuration is customizable thanks to yaml (+ starlark and jsconnet).

It doesn't require a lot of resources to make it work, which saves on hardware and gets you started with Dorne even on weak devices.

It requires Docker to be pre-installed, in my publication i will able to use pre-installed version of Docker.

To install Docker, use our instructions or create a server in Serverspace with the application already installed.

Required dependencies for deploy

  • A github account.
  • You need your own domain or an open IP address for Drone to work.
  • The server must also have 11 gigabytes of free space, and 2 gigabytes of RAM to keep the containers running.

Preliminary configuration of machine

Visit page of account settings, and create access there to delegate our machine for github.

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Generate your own OAuth application by first changing domain-name to subdomain "drone.****".

You can use your own ip address of your server by replacing the domain
"http://yourip" in the homepage URL tab to "http://yourip/login".

Copy your client id, as well as create an authorization key, its will be needed later.

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Configure machine

Create RPC server key.

openssl rand -hex 16

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Create and configure the local config.

nano /etc/drone

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DRONE_SERVER_HOST=drone.steammmmm.space
#Host of your subdomain
DRONE_SERVER_PROTO=http
#what type of connection you will use
DRONE_GITHUB_CLIENT_ID=id_from_git_OAuth
#Client id from github
DRONE_GITHUB_CLIENT_SECRET=secret_from_github
#Secret from github
DRONE_RPC_SECRET=secret_from_server
#rpc password that we created on server
DRONE_USER_CREATE=username:barikasss,admin:true
#Username of your profile github

The full list of available configuration file options is located on the developer page.

Installing application

Setup the latest version of software.

docker pull drone/drone:1

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Create a database for application.

docker volume create drone-base

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Launch software.

docker run --name=dronegit --detach --restart=always --env-file=/etc/drone --volume=drone-base --publish=80:80 --publish=443:443 drone/drone:1

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Check

Go to your ip-address that you specified in your profile, you will see the authorization window on github.

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After authorization , you will ascertain the drone interface.

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Conclusion

There are a lot of CI and CD products on the market that allow take them for free,
but each has its own limitations for commercial use.
Drone CI :

  • A free SaaS plan that is only available for opensource projects.
  • Priced SaaS available only for enterprise
  • Integration is possible with Github, Bitbucket, Gitea
  • Yaml configuration (+starlark, jsconnect)
  • Minimalistic
  • Requires few resources to run

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