By default, Spacelift uses a managed worker pool hosted and operated by us. This is very convenient, but often you may have special requirements regarding infrastructure, security or compliance, which aren't served by the public worker pool. This is why Spacelift also supports private worker pools, which you can use to host the workers which execute Spacelift workflows on your end.
In order to enjoy the maximum level of flexibility and security with a private worker pool, temporary run state is encrypted end-to-end, so only the workers in your worker pool can look inside it. We use asymmetric encryption to achieve this and only you ever have access to the private key.
To make sure that we have no access to your private key, you will need to generate it on your end, and use it to create a certificate signing request to give to Spacelift. We'll generate a certificate for you, so that workers can use it to authenticate with the Spacelift backend. The following command will generate the key and CSR:
openssl req -new -newkey rsa:4096 -nodes -keyout spacelift.key -out spacelift.csr
You should now store the
spacelift.key file in a secure place. You’ll need it later, when launching workers in you worker pool.
Now you can submit the
spacelift.csr file in the worker pool creation form. In response, you’ll receive a Spacelift token. It contains configuration for your worker pool launchers, as well as the certificate we generated for you based on the certificate signing request.
The launcher binary is available here. In order to work, it expects to be able to write to the local Docker socket. Unless you're using a Docker-based container scheduler like Kubernetes or ECS, please make sure that Docker is installed.
For AWS users we've prepared an easy way to run Spacelift as an ASG. This repository contains the code Spacelift's base AMIs and this one provides a Terraform module to customize and deploy the actual ASG.
Finally, you can run the launcher binary by setting two environment variables:
SPACELIFT_TOKEN - the token you’ve received from Spacelift on worker pool creation
SPACELIFT_POOL_PRIVATE_KEY - the contents of the private key file you generated, in base64.
Congrats! Your launcher should now connect to the Spacelift backend and start handling runs.
A number of configuration variables is available to customize how your launcher behaves:
SPACELIFT_DOCKER_CONFIG_DIR - if set, the value of this variable will point to the directory containing Docker configuration, which includes credentials for private Docker registries. Private workers can populate this directory for example by executing
docker login before the launcher process is started;
SPACELIFT_MASK_ENVS- comma-delimited list of whitelisted environment variables that are passed to the workers but should never appear in the logs;
SPACELIFT_WORKER_NETWORK - network ID/name to connect the launched worker containers, defaults to
SPACELIFT_WORKER_EXTRA_MOUNTS - additional files or directories to be mounted to the launched worker docker containers, as a comma separated list of mounts in the form of
SPCELIFT_WORKER_RUNTIME - runtime to use for worker container;
SPACELIFT_WHITELIST_ENVS - comma-delimited list of environment variables to pass from the launcher's own environment to the workers' environment;
SPACELIFT_LAUNCHER_LOGS_TIMEOUT - custom timeout (the default is 7 minutes) for killing jobs not producing any logs. This is a duration flag, expecting a duration-formatted value, eg
SPACELIFT_LAUNCHER_RUN_INITIALIZATION_POLICY - file that contains the run initialization policy that will be parsed/used; If the run initialized policy can not be validated at the startup the worker pool will exit with an appropriate error;
SPACELIFT_LAUNCHER_RUN_TIMEOUT - custom maximum run time - the default is 70 minutes. This is a duration flag, expecting a duration-formatted value, eg.
When the launcher from a private worker pool is registering with the mothership, you can send along some tags that will allow you to uniquely identify the process / machine for the purpose of draining or debugging. Any environment variables using
SPACELIFT_METADATA_ prefix will be passed on. As an example, if you're running Spacelift workers in EC2, you can do the following just before you execute the launcher binary:
export SPACELIFT_METADATA_instance_id=$(ec2-metadata --instance-id | cut -d ' ' -f2)
Doing so will set your EC2 instance ID as instance_id tag in your worker.