Add Reliably to your CircleCI Build


This guide uses the CircleCI Cloud version.

This guide will show you how you can add Reliably to your CircleCI build as a CircleCI job.


You can automatically generate the workflow file using our CLI: console reliably workflow --platform circleci

Set up a project in CircleCI

Once your logged into CircleCI, set up a new project or select a project already building on CircleCI.

Making a project run on CircleCI requires a configuration file located at .circleci/config.yml. If you're adding a new project, CircleCI will provide with a configuration template, according to the language it detected in your repository. You can select another template from the list if you want to.

Here is their "Hello World" template. CircleCI "Hello World" configuration template

You can edit this config.yml file and commit it to your repository directly from CircleCI, or download it.

You can also choose to use an existing configuration file and commit it to your repository.

If you chose a project that already builds on CircleCI, it already has a .circleci/config.yml file.

CircleCI jobs and workflows

Circle CI uses workflows as sets of rules for defining a collection of jobs and their run order. Jobs are collections of steps, executed in a single unit.

The following image from the CircleCI documentation illustrates a set of workflows with jobs.

CircleCI jobs and workflows

While you don't need to know more about jobs and workflow to add Reliably to your CircleCI build, you will find more detailed information in the CircleCI documentation.

Setup your Reliably access token as environment variable

The CLI must be run with a valid access token to make authenticated calls to Reliably.

As a prerequisite, the RELIABLY_TOKEN must be defined as a secret environment variable in your project's settings; See how to set an environment variable in a project.

Define Reliably token as CircleCI env variable

You can see how to retrieve your access token.

Setup your Reliably organization as environment variable

You shall define the organization to work on, when using the CLI, by defining the RELIABLY_ORG as an environment variable.

To retrieve your currently active organization, run: reliably org current.


You can use either the organization ID or name as RELIABLY_ORG value.


If not specified, the logged in user's default organization will be used.

Create the Reliably job

We will now define Reliably as a job, before adding it to a new or existing workflow.

This is how CircleCI defines a job, in YAML: yml <job name> <executor> <steps>

We will name our job scan, as we want to run the reliably scan command.

The executor will be a Docker image of Reliably, which we want to run in the /home directory.

Our job will be made of two steps:

  • The first step will checkout the code in the repository
  • The second step will run the reliably scan kubernetes . command to find Kubernetes manifests and surface potential reliability issues

Here is our completed job:

    - image:
  working_directory: /home
    - checkout # check out the code in the project directory
    - run: reliably scan kubernetes .

Add the job to a workflow

This is how CircleCI defines a workflow, in YAML:

<workflow name>
    <optional triggers>
    <job name>

We will create a reliably workflow, with a single job, scan. yml reliably: jobs: - scan

Final config.yml file

The most simple file CircleCI configuration file will then look like this:

version: 2.1
      - image:
    working_directory: /home
      - checkout # check out the code in the project directory
      - run: reliably scan kubernetes .

      - scan

Commit this file to your repository and go back to your project in CircleCI Cloud, where you can now click the Use Existing Config button.

In the modal window that opens next, click Start Building.

CircleCI will then redirect you to your builds page where you can see the results of your workflow.

Here you can see that the pipeline failed because of the reliably scan kubernetes . step. Reliably surfaced possible reliability issues and returned an error that caused the pipeline to fail. The Reliably CLI outputs the list of issues in the pipeline steps output.

Your workflow will now run each time you push to your repository.

You can also schedule workflow by adding a triggers key and specify a schedule. This would allow you, for example, to run Reliably on a daily basis. Read the CircleCI documentation about scheduling workflows for more details.

Congratulations, you now integrated Reliably into your CircleCI build!