Create Artifacts with GitHub Actions

This GitHub Actions blog post will show how to create an artifact from a workflow \ pipeline.

Artifacts are beneficial in deployment pipelines because they allow us to store compiled code or build a single file and distribute it to users or applications.

Note: By default, artifacts are stored in GitHub Actions for 90 days and get deleted after. you can set a shorter limit in the code by using the following option retention-days: 10

In the following code example, I have a .NET application that I am building and at the end of the code, I create an artifact from it.

 - name: Upload Artifacts
   uses: actions/upload-artifact@v2
   with:
      name: my-artifact
      path: "./myApp"

Note: If you would like to give the artifact a random name remove the name option.

Below, you can see the end to end code.

name: Create a .NET app

on:
  push:
    branches: [ main ]
  pull_request:
    branches: [ main ]

jobs:
  build:

    runs-on: ubuntu-latest

    steps:
    - uses: actions/checkout@v2
    - name: Setup .NET
      uses: actions/setup-dotnet@v1
      with:
        dotnet-version: 5.0.x
    - name: Create a new console app
      run: dotnet new console -o myApp
    - name: Run app
      run: | 
       cd myApp
       dotnet run
    - name: Upload Artifacts
      uses: actions/upload-artifact@v2
      with:
       name: my-artifact
       path: "./myApp"   
      

Note: To upload multiple paths use the following code.

 path: |
      path/1
      path/2
      path/3

Once the artifact is fully uploaded, you will see it on the workflow summary page, as shown below.

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