replicas is a resource that holds the number of instances of the container to deploy. It is used specifically to deploy Docker containers

You can create a replicas resource by adding it to shippable.resources.yml

  - name:           <string>
    type:           replicas
    version:        <object>
  • name -- should be an easy to remember text string

  • type -- is set to replicas

  • version -- is an object that contains specific properties that apply to this resource. Any time this is changed in the YML, a new version of the resource will be created.

          count: 1          #integer value > 0

Used in Jobs

This resource is used as an IN for the following jobs:

Default Environment Variables

Whenever replicas is used as an IN or OUT for a job that can execute user defined scripts, a set of environment variables are configured by the platform that may be useful to set the context before user defined scripts execute as part of the job. These variables are available when this resource is used.

<NAME> is the the friendly name of the resource.

Environment variable Description
<NAME>_NAME The name of the resource.
<NAME>_ID The ID of the resource.
<NAME>_TYPE The type of the resource. In this case replicas.
<NAME>_OPERATION The operation of the resource; either IN or OUT.
<NAME>_PATH The directory containing files for the resource.
<NAME>_SOURCENAME SourceName defined in the pointer.
<NAME>_VERSION_COUNT The count defined in the version.
<NAME>_VERSIONID The ID of the version of the resource being used.
<NAME>_VERSIONNUMBER The number of the version of the resource being used.

Shippable Utility Functions

To make it easy to use these environment variables, the platform provides a command line utility that can be used to work with these values.

How to use these utility functions is documented here.

Further Reading