Build.snapcraft.io gets your code ready to distribute in minutes
by Thibaut Rouffineau on 30 May 2017
The public beta release of build.snapcraft.io is now open!
build.snapcraft.io is an easy and free to use platform for publishing your software to the tens of millions of machines running Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, OpenSuSE, Arch, Gentoo, Yocto and others. whichever Operating System they’re running, the behaviour of your app is going to be the exact same… from installation to upgrade, irrespective of what versions of libraries are (or will be) installed on the computer, cloud instance, or IoT device.
All it takes to get started is a few clicks and a simple config file added to your GitHub repo. Your application will start building on the snapcraft.io infrastructure automatically, across ARM32 and AMD64 architectures. With every new commit a build will be triggered.
Once built, your application will be in held in the edge channel, meaning it’s available for you, your Continuous Integration System and any of your beta testers to test at will. When you think that your application is ready for wider distribution, with one single command you’ll promote it to being a stable build.
This is where snaps come in handy as your users will automatically get the update. And because these updates are transactional, you will have the peace of mind in knowing what used to be a bad update now just means automatically rolling back to a known-good state.
André Bação, who recently snapped Packer using build.snapcraft.io, commented about his experience:
“If you are building your snaps with complicated systems, having to stop working while your app is “snapped”, stop what you are doing and see build.snapcraft.io.
Ubuntu has made it as easy as 1, 2, 3. You just need to link your Github account, select your repo that contains your snapcraft.yaml and give it a name. And it’s done.
Made a change in your snap? Update your GitHub and the build and release will be triggered automatically. It seems that Ubuntu is on the right path with this one.”
You can check out his Github repo (spoiler alert… it’s super simple).
Join the hundreds of developers who have already published their apps. Get started now at build.snapcraft.io.