Report Artifact

Report Artifact #

Every time you build an artifact - in our case a Docker image - you can store (and easily access) all the information you have about it in Kosli. We call it reporting an artifact.

Artifacts in Kosli are reported to Kosli Pipelines. You can find the Pipelines section just below Environments.

Create a pipeline #

To report an artifact from your GitHub workflow you need to create a Kosli pipeline first. Every time your workflow builds a new version of Docker image it will be reported to the same Kosli pipeline. Kosli pipeline has to exist before you can start reporting artifacts to it, and you can make the creation of a pipeline a part of the build workflow. (It's safe - rerunning pipeline creation command won't erase existing entries.) In this guide we're creating a Kosli pipeline called github-k8s-demo and that's the name you'll see in the code.

As it was in the case of reporting environment, we need to download Kosli CLI in the workflow, to be able to run the commands.

Report an artifact #

Here is a complete workflow that takes care of CLI download, pipeline creation and docker image build and reports it to the Kosli pipeline.


  • K8S_CLUSTER_NAME, K8S_GCP_ZONE and NAMESPACE should be the same you used in Report Environment step
  • IMAGE should contain your dockerhub username (instead of our colleague's Ewelina username). You also need to use the correct username in Login to step
  • KOSLI_OWNER should be the same your Kosli username.

In the workflow you'll find comments about specific parts of it.

name: Build and Deploy


  # gke k8s cluster variables
  K8S_CLUSTER_NAME: kosli-dev
  K8S_GCP_ZONE: europe-west1
  NAMESPACE: github-k8s-demo
  # name of the docker image to build, replace with the name
  # that will contain your dockerhub id
  IMAGE: ewelinawilkosz/github-k8s-demo
  # kosli variables - will be picked up by commands
  KOSLI_PIPELINE: github-k8s-demo
  KOSLI_ENVIRONMENT: github-k8s-test

    runs-on: ubuntu-20.04

    # outputs to be passed on to 'deploy' job below
      tag: ${{ steps.prep.outputs.tag }}
      tagged-image: ${{ steps.prep.outputs.tagged-image }}
      image-digest: ${{ steps.digest-prep.outputs.image-digest }}

    # checkout code
    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
        fetch-depth: 1

    - name: Prepare
      id: prep
      run: |
        TAG=$(echo $GITHUB_SHA | head -c7)
        TAGGED_IMAGE=${{ env.IMAGE }}:${TAG}
        echo "TAG=${TAG}" >> ${GITHUB_ENV}
        echo ::set-output name=tag::${TAG}
        echo ::set-output name=tagged-image::${TAGGED_IMAGE}

    # This is the a separate action that sets up buildx (buildkit) runner
    - name: Set up Docker Buildx
      uses: docker/setup-buildx-action@v1

    # use your own username and configured token to log into dockerhub
    - name: Login to
      uses: docker/login-action@v1
        username: ewelinawilkosz
        password: ${{ secrets.DOCKERHUB_TOKEN }}

    - name: Build and push Docker image
      id: docker_build
      uses: docker/build-push-action@v2
        push: true
        tags: ${{ env.TAGGED_IMAGE }}
        no-cache: true

    # the digest will be passed to kosli commands using 'sha256' flags
    - name: Make the image digest available for following steps
      id: digest-prep
      run: |
        ARTIFACT_SHA=$( echo ${{ steps.docker_build.outputs.digest }} | sed 's/.*://')
        echo "DIGEST=$ARTIFACT_SHA" >> ${GITHUB_ENV}
        echo ::set-output name=image-digest::${ARTIFACT_SHA}

    - name: setup-kosli-cli
      uses: kosli-dev/setup-cli-action@v1
          ${{ env.KOSLI_CLI_VERSION }}

    - name: Declare pipeline in Kosli
        KOSLI_API_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.KOSLI_API_TOKEN }}
        ./kosli pipeline declare
          --description "Kosli server"
          --pipeline ${{ env.KOSLI_PIPELINE }}
          --template "artifact"

    - name: Report Docker image in Kosli
        KOSLI_API_TOKEN: ${{ secrets.KOSLI_API_TOKEN }}
        ./kosli pipeline artifact report creation ${{ env.TAGGED_IMAGE }}
          --sha256 ${{ env.DIGEST }}

  # deploy review environment
    needs: [build-report]
    runs-on: ubuntu-20.04

    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
        fetch-depth: 1

    - id: auth
      uses: google-github-actions/auth@v0.4.0
        credentials_json: ${{ secrets.GCP_K8S_CREDENTIALS }}

    - id: connect-to-k8s
      uses: google-github-actions/get-gke-credentials@main
        cluster_name: ${{ env.K8S_CLUSTER_NAME }}
        location: ${{ env.K8S_GCP_ZONE }}

    - uses: azure/setup-kubectl@v1
      id: install-kubectl

    # The KUBECONFIG env var is automatically exported and picked up by kubectl.
    - name: Ensure review env namespace
      run: |
        kubectl get namespace ${{ env.NAMESPACE }} || kubectl create namespace ${{ env.NAMESPACE }}

    - name: Deploy
      run: |
        sed -i 's/TAG/${{ }}/g' k8s/deployment.yaml
        kubectl apply -f k8s/deployment.yaml -n ${{ env.NAMESPACE }}

Once the workflow runs successfully, you should see it reported in Kosli github-k8s-demo pipeline:

Compliant artifact with no deployments

With more details once you click on it:

Compliant artifact with no deployments

You will also notice a change in the state of your github-k8s-test environment (if the environment reporting workflow ran successfully): it is still incompliant, but now the artifact running there has provenance (you can see the name of Kosli pipeline: github-k8s-demo that the artifact was reported to, in a grey, pill shaped field) so we can check how it was built:

Incompliant environment, artifact with provenance

Now that your artifact reporting works the only thing missing is reporting the deployment.