Earthly 0.7

Earthly CI

This feature is part of the Earthly CI paid plan.
This feature is currently in Alpha stage
Earthly CI is a hosted CI service that allows you to run your Earthly builds in the cloud. Earthly CI gives teams repeatable pipelines that run exactly the same in CI as on your laptop; has an automatic and instantly available build cache that makes builds faster; and is super simple to use.
Earthly CI uses Earthfiles as the build configuration language.


  • Ridiculously fast - Earthly CI uses the same build cache and build parallelization technology as Earthly Satellites, so builds are 2-20X faster compared to a traditional CI.
  • Super simple - Earthfiles have a super simple, instantly recognizable syntax – like Dockerfile and Makefile had a baby.
  • Great for Monorepos and Polyrepos - Earthly CI is great for both monorepos and polyrepos. You can organize your build logic however makes the most sense for your project. The caching ensures that only what has changed is rebuilt.
  • Remote build runners - Earthly CI comes with access to Earthly Satellites. This means that you can run ad-hoc remote builds in CI from your laptop without having to commit code to Git with every attempt.
If you are upgrading from Earthly Satellites, the main benefit of using Earthly CI is that you no longer need to use a traditional CI in combination. This means less moving parts, simpler setup, slightly faster builds (no need to download Earthly during the build), and less bills to pay!

View a demo

Earthly CI Demo

Getting started

1. Register an account and create an org

Follow the steps in the Earthly Cloud overview to register an account and create an org.

2. Purchase a CI Plan

Access to Earthly CI requires a subscription to begin using. The subscription includes a 14-day free trial which can be canceled before any payment is made. Visit the pricing page for more billing details.
You can start your free trial by using the checkout form below. Be sure to provide the name of your Earthly org from Step 1.

3. Ensure that you have the latest version of Earthly

Because this feature is under heavy development right now, it is very important that you use the latest version of Earthly available.
On Linux, simply repeat the installation steps to upgrade.
On Mac, you can perform:
brew update
brew upgrade earthly

4. Open the Earthly Web UI

You can open the Earthly Web UI by running:
earthly web
This will associate your Earthly account with your GitHub login and then take you to the Earthly Web UI.

5. Create your first Earthly pipeline

In the Earthly Web UI, under the Organizations drop-down in the top-left of the screen, select the organization that was granted access to Earthly CI. Then follow the instructions on the screen to create a new Earthly CI project, add your first repository, create your pipeline via a new or an existing Earthfile, and then run your first build.
For your very first CI pipeline you can use the following example:
PROJECT my-org/my-project
FROM alpine:3.15
TRIGGER push main
TRIGGER pr main
BUILD +my-build
RUN echo Hello world
This example shows a simple pipeline called my-pipeline, which is triggered on either a push to the main branch, or a pull request against the main branch. The pipeline executes the target my-build, which simply prints Hello world.
Pipelines and their definitions, including their triggers must be merged into the primary branch (which, unless overridden, is the default branch on GitHub -- usually main) in order for the triggers to take effect.
Please note that the PROJECT declaration needs to match the name of your organization and the name of your Earthly project that you create in the Earthly Web UI.

6. Set up registry access

During your experimentation with Earthly CI, you may encounter DockerHub rate limiting errors. To avoid this, you can setup your DockerHub account by using the command earthly registry setup.
earthly registry --org <org-name> --project <project-name> \
setup --username <registry-user-name> --password-stdin \
If the registry is DockerHub, then you can leave out the registry host argument.
You may additionally log into other registries, such as AWS ECR, or GCP Artifact Registry, by using the following:
earthly registry --org <org-name> --project <project-name> setup --cred-helper ecr-login --aws-access-key-id <key> --aws-secret-access-key <secret> <host>
# For GCP Artifact Registry
earthly registry --org <org-name> --project <project-name> setup --cred-helper gcloud --gcp-service-account-key <key> <host>

7. Invite your team

A final optional step is to invite your team to use Earthly CI. This can be done by running:
earthly --org <org-name> org invite <email>
Or by using the Earthly Web UI.

Known limitations

Please note that we are aware of the following ongoing issues:
  • The logs of certain builds do not show up in the UI sometimes. This is sometimes due to an error not surfacing correctly (we're working on fixing this!). Oftentimes trying out the build locally via earthly +pipeline-name reveals the error. If this doesn't solve your issue, please let us know!
  • Creating an account, or logging in directly in the web UI is not yet available. Use the earthly web command instead.
  • GitHub only for now. If you are using GitLab, using Earthly Satellite on top of GitLab CI is a great alternative.
If you run into any issues please let us know either via Slack, GitHub issues or by emailing support.


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