Announcing General Availability of Gitlab CI for Linux, FreeBSD and Android

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at
Sat Nov 27 18:30:08 GMT 2021

Hi all,

As mentioned in the subject, i'm happy to announce the general availability
of native Gitlab CI for all KDE projects for Linux, FreeBSD and Android.

For those who would like to get their projects setup, please ensure you
first have a .kde-ci.yml file in the root of your repository specifiying
the necessary dependencies of your project and any options your project
requires to build and conduct tests. You can find a list of all the
supported options at
along with guidelines on how to specify your dependencies.

Please note the following when specifying the branch to use:
- @same should be used for projects which are released together and which
follow the same branching scheme (release/21.08 for instance)
- @stable should be used to refer to the current stable branch
- @latest should be used to refer to the current development branch

While the system has been seeded based on the current dependency metadata,
if this was incorrect for your project then you may find that the system
gives an error that it cannot locate the dependency when first run. If this
happens to you then please look into submitting a merge request to so that
this dependency can be included in future seed runs.

Once you have your .kde-ci.yml file setup you can then setup your
.gitlab-ci.yml to include the appropriate platform files from

Please note that currently this is limited to builds for master and other
development branches, as the necessary metadata for @stable is not yet
fully in place. This information can be found at
- it would be appreciated if developers could please look into updating
this for their projects at the same time.

With regards to Windows builds, they should become available soon - there
is still some infrastructural work that needs to be completed on our Docker
image, as well as the facilities to build those images which needs to be
completed prior to these being available. We will be transitioning to using
Docker for our Windows builds which will hopefully eliminate many of the
issues we've had with lingering processes that have plagued the Jenkins

With the availability of these Gitlab builds we are now entering the
twilight phase of our Jenkins based system at so it is
imperative that developers setup their CI using the new tooling. For those
using the legacy Jenkins system with Gitlab (using the templates at these will
be discontinued at the same time as, so you will need to
migrate to the new tooling as well.

Please let us know if you have any questions on the above.

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