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Customizing CNC

CNC ships with sever included "flavors." A flavor is a deployable reference architure with a combination of 3 types of files: - Infra as Code for provisioning and managing cloud infrastructure. These use terraform - bash scripts for building - bash scripts for deploying

If the included flavors are a fit for your application, the good news is that you can use them as-is and don't need to do any work.

If you want to change or customize the files above, you have several options. - Add customizations to your repo and use the template inheritence system to change parts of the included files - Completely override the included files with your own templates in your repo - Contribute a new flavor or edit a flavor by modifying the open-source cnc codebase

CNC uses jinja templates. See the docs here.

By providing useful context for each service/environment as well as built-in base templates that implement a variety of options for your deployment, cnc gives you the building blocks to create your own deployments, whatever they look like. By building on top of the cnc framework, you get the power of well-proven and well-documented abstractions that let you deliver better environments to your team.

Each flavor has

Customizing in project

The custom templates directory mirrors a CNC flavor in its folder structure. There is one directory for each phase.

- custom folder
    - provision
    - build
    - deploy

Customizing your own flavor in repo

You can create template for provision/build/deploy that do not inherit from the default templates, and thus no default code will be included. You can define any version you like while using the powerful environment/collection abstraction provided by the cnc models and the jinja template engine, as well as the cnc interface.

Adding your own flavor to CNC

Customize your own flavor in project, give it a name, polish it up, and make a PR to CNC with the code! We'd love to have options for all kinds of different deployments built into CNC.

Template Context

Each template being rendered gets useful context.


Context in template rendering will look like this, replaced with your values. All environment items including cnc-managed ones and all types (secret/output/'alias included) will be present in plain text.

    "app": {"name": "appname"},
    "config_renderer": {"environment_items": {"MYVAR1": "foo123"}},
    "env_collection": {"name": "foo123", "cloud_resource_namespace": "23rffw-collection-name", "environments": []}

Build & Deploy

Will be called once per service, excluding resource types.

Will be the same, except for the stage. e.g.

"stage": {"name": "build"}

Here's the full context for these templates:

    "builder": {"environment_items": {"MYVAR1": "foo123"}},
    "environment": {"name": "foo123", "instance_name": "134fsas-foo123"},
    "service": {
        "type": "backend",
        "is_backend": True,
        "is_frontend": False,
        "deploy": {
            "resources": {
                # these will be formatted based on cloud provider by cnc
                "limits": {"cpu": 2, "memory": "4G"}}},

        # generally you should use this name, will be unique per collection/env/service
        "instance_name": "134fsas-foo123",
        "name": "backend",
        "port": 8080,

        # these will both be present regardless of which format you provide
        "command": ["npm", "start"],
        "joined_command": "npm start",
    "stage": {"name": "build"}

render_template macro

cnc adds a powerful macros that can add new files alongside the one being rendered, e.g.

{{ render_template("mytemplate.yml.j2", "outputname.yml") }}

Which will add the file outputname.yml to the execution context of you script. For example, after rendering, can then call kubectl apply -f outputname.yml. The context will be the same as the main template being rendered for that command, e.g. build or deploy.