Hosted CI/CD service is all about the right software provided on the base images. We are continuously working on upgrading images with the latest software releases and security updates making sure you are on the cutting edge of technology. It works great for most of the teams, but not for all.
If you had ever found the images are updated too fast or too slow or you need some specific software on them, now we’ve got a solution for you!
With customizable images you can install your own software and build dependencies on top of AppVeyor-provided base images (Windows, Linux) and then use the resulting image for further builds.
Custom images enable new use cases that were not possible before in a hosted CI/CD:
- update image software at your own pace - pin specific versions or be on a cutting edge;
- speed up builds drastically by preserving VM state between builds - next-gen build cache;
- securely store certificates and other secrets within the image;
- migrate on-premise CI workflows with proprietary, licensed, manually-installed, legacy software to a hosted CI.
Check this guide to see how easy it is to build your custom image!
Not only customizable images can speed up your builds. You can now run your builds in a personalized cloud environment with more powerful VMs than in our own in-house cloud.
Out tests show that by using “Medium” instances on Google Cloud you can get 2-3 times faster builds!