Introducing plug-ins#

Extend UrbanCode™ Velocity by configuring plug-in integrations to external tools.

UrbanCode Velocity uses a containerized microservices architecture. This means that plug-ins are not run directly from UrbanCode Velocity but from containerized instances managed by a containerization platform. Runtime instances are created from images on the Docker Hub™ repository. UrbanCode Velocity retrieves images from this repository and creates instances as needed.

For Kubernetes-based installations such as OpenShift™, UrbanCode Velocity uses Kubernetes™ as its containerization platform. An Argo Workflow Engine manages plug-in workflow. A Kubernetes pod starts when a plug-in task is requested and sends the results to UrbanCode Velocity. When complete, the container containing the plug-in ends.

For Docker-based installations, UrbanCode Velocity uses Docker Compose as its containerization platform. A Docker container starts when a plug-in task is requested and sends the results to UrbanCode Velocity. See installing plug-ins in UrbanCode products for details.

Plug-ins are categorized by data collection and communication methods. Generally, plug-ins are designed to use one of the following communication methods.

If a plug-in is not available for your tool, you can upload custom metrics using UrbanCode Velocity API endpoints.

To use a plug-in, you configure an integration. "Integration" refers to a user-configured instance. You might use the GitHub plug-in to configure an integration with the ServiceA repository, and then configure another integration with your ServiceB repository. Although both integrations use the GitHub plug-in, each integration provides a unique set of data to UrbanCode Velocity. You manage each integration separately.

Some integrations are termed "native integrations," and are not technically plug-in derived. Native integrations are used with deployment plans by defining tasks of a specific type. You can use UrbanCode Deploy data with your deployments and pipelines, for example, by defining UrbanCode Deploy-type tasks.

Some plug-ins might have a corresponding plug-in in the external tool. To integrate Jenkins, for example, you install the "UrbanCode Velocity" plug-in into Jenkins™ using the Jenkins plug-in manager. Then you configure a corresponding Jenkins integration in UrbanCode Velocity. The two integrations operate in tandem.

Parent topic: Extending product functions