Balena push openBalena alternative

Managed to get it working… It requires an additional job at the end of the action. Also, pay attention to the openbalena env id (env rename 4 ${{ github.sha }}, you need to retrieve the correct ID from the CLI).
This adds the entire SHA which is pretty long, so there is the optional job (#2) to shorten it - to use just uncomment.

name: OpenBalena Deploy

      - master

    runs-on: self-hosted
      - name: git-checkout
        uses: actions/checkout@v2

      # - name: Add SHORT_SHA env property with commit short sha
      #   run: echo "SHORT_SHA=`echo ${GITHUB_SHA} | cut -c1-8`" >> $GITHUB_ENV

      - name: balena-deploy
        uses: Solar-Control/open-balena-cli-action@v2.0.0
        if: success()
          balena_api_token: ${{secrets.BALENA_API_TOKEN}}
          open_balena_address: ${{secrets.OPEN_BALENA_ADDRESS}}
          root_cert: ${{secrets.OPEN_BALENA_ROOT_CERT}}
          balena_command: "deploy ${{secrets.BALENA_APPLICATION}} --logs"

      - name: balena-env-rename 
        uses: Solar-Control/open-balena-cli-action@v2.0.0
        if: success()
          balena_api_token: ${{secrets.BALENA_API_TOKEN}}
          open_balena_address: ${{secrets.OPEN_BALENA_ADDRESS}}
          root_cert: ${{secrets.OPEN_BALENA_ROOT_CERT}}
          balena_command: "env rename 4 ${{ github.sha }}"
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Ideally, in setting up your openbalena project, the first environment variable you would create with the CLI would be the one that will receive the SHA (or any other job id you want) that way it would be given a env ID of 1 so you’re action can remain the same, always updating a known env ID.

You are free to expand basic functionality of action by pull requests into the repo!
You are welcome :slight_smile:

I can add injection of github SHA every time of build action is done - it will be more logical at this way - implement some like release tags for your env

This is great, thanks for sharing this, it’s going to be a real help. Think I will try and implement it as a dev environment so commits get pushed out to a development device.

Not sure I entirely understand the workflow. Is the idea you commit built images to GitHub and then this just deploys them to OpenBalena, or do you push the code and the it builds the images and pushes them? I see the CLI is installed in a container, does it then build from there? I’m surprised it is able to connect to docker to perform the build process. All these questions emerge as I am wondering if it is in fact building the images too, how does caching work when it is run from inside a container? Will it cache my app layers on the server to improve the build time next time around?

Using guide - you can use it at your own cloud.

  1. Idea is encapsulate Balena CLI as Docker image with custom commands.
  2. Yes, it build directly in container
  3. Yes, it using native docker at your self-hosted runner, which allow you to cache your image for faster building.

Using this CLI - you can create your custom OS images too, and create preloaded OS images as artifacts directly in Github

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@Maggie I’ve got this working like a charm. All you do from a dev perspective after its up and running is commit to master. No need to build locally.
The action can be configured any way you like, if for example you want to kick off when a commit is made to another branch.

How about multiple commands on the same image file? Looking to do a preload with it, can you then run ‘config generate‘ by including a second ‘command’ line?

You can use different commands with the same image like mentioned by @barryjump

Also you can chain commands with pipe or && at command section

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Is there a need for the CRT to be created twice like this?

if [[ "${INPUT_ROOT_CERT}" != "" ]]; then
  echo -e ${INPUT_ROOT_CERT} > ca.crt
  cp ca.crt /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/ca.crt
  chmod 644 /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/ca.crt
  chmod 644 ca.crt

If it is a permission issue, you could try (with or without sudo):

  sudo bash -c 'echo -e ${INPUT_ROOT_CERT} > /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/ca.crt'
  sudo chmod 644 /usr/local/share/ca-certificates/ca.crt
  sudo update-ca-certificates

At the moment at the top of the file it does cd ${GITHUB_WORKSPACE} to point to the checked out repo. Then echo -e ${INPUT_ROOT_CERT} > ca.crt is placing my super private .crt key into my repo. Which means any commit actions or packaging of assets I do later may contain my .crt key?

Just wanted to mention that balena-cli is now publishing Docker images so there’s no need to manually wrap it. Would love to hear your feedback and how it works for you. You can find out more here: balena-cli/ at master · balena-io/balena-cli · GitHub


Awesome, need some time to reimplement it at my side to use balena-cli as base image :slight_smile:

You are welcome to create pull requests into repo!

I had begun just that. But I ended up basing my workflow off yours but building it into the GitHub runner so it works a little different. Which means I don’t have a way to test right now :frowning:

@teslov do you think this action could be adapted to also push to balena-cloud with some sort of selector? Presumably it would get around the self-signed cert problem which might let the github hosted runner work.