Semaphore supports build and deploy tasks.

Semaphore passes semaphore_vars variable to each Ansible playbook which it runs.

You can use it in your Ansible tasks to get what type of task was run, which version should be build or deployed, who ran the task, etc.

Example of semaphore_vars for build tasks:

        type: build
        username: user123
        message: New version of some feature
        target_version: 1.5.33

Example of semaphore_vars for deploy tasks:

        type: deploy
        username: user123
        message: Deploy new feature to servers
        incoming_version: 1.5.33


This type of task is used to create artifacts. Each build task has autogenerated version. You should use variable semaphore_vars.task_details.target_version in your Ansible playbook to get what version of the artifact should be created. After the artifact is created, it can be used for deployment.

Example of build Ansible role:

  1. Get app source code from GitHub

  2. Compile source code

  3. Pack created binary to a tarball with name app-{{semaphore_vars.task_details.target_version}}.tar.gz

  4. Send app-{{semaphore_vars.task_details.target_version}}.tar.gz to an S3 bucket


This type of task is used to deploy artifacts to destination servers. Each deployment task is associated with the build task. You should use variable semaphore_vars.task_details.incoming_version in your Ansible playbook to get what version of the artifact should be deployed.

Example of deploy Ansible role:

  1. Download app-{{semaphore_vars.task_details.incoming_version}}.tar.gz from an S3 bucket to destination servers

  2. Unpack app-{{semaphore_vars.task_details.incoming_version}}.tar.gz to destination directory

  3. Create or update configuration files

  4. Restart app service

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