Deploying to a static site using Azure DevOps

Without getting into the nitty gritty of how to build a single page app, I’ll showcase a simple process how to deploy a Vue app to an Azure Storage Account leveraging the static website feature.

Assuming you have created an Azure Storage account with static websites enabled, then you can copy the files to the appropriate container. Here’s a blogpost of how to create one using Terraform.

- download: current
  artifact: frontend
- task: AzureFileCopy@4
    SourcePath: '$(Pipeline.Workspace)/frontend/*'
    azureSubscription: '$(AzureServiceConnection)'
    Destination: 'AzureBlob'
    storage: '$(storageAccountName)'
    ContainerName: '$web'

As you may notice, the files are copied to a $web container in the storage account. This example also relies on the front-end files to be published as an artifact.

I’ll show a quick example a CI pipeline for a Vue app. This app was generated using the Vue CLI. The built app gets published as an artifact called frontend.

- job: job_build_front_end
  displayName: 'Build Frontend'
    vmImage: 'ubuntu-latest'

  - task: Npm@1
    displayName: 'Restore'
      command: 'install'
      workingDir: $(frontEndDirectory)

  - task: Npm@1
    displayName: 'Build'
      command: 'custom'
      workingDir: $(frontEndDirectory)
      customCommand: run build

  - task: CopyFiles@2
    displayName: Copy Files to Artifacts Staging
       sourceFolder: $(frontEndDirectory)/dist
       contents: '**' 
       targetFolder: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/frontend

  - publish: $(Build.ArtifactStagingDirectory)/frontend
    artifact: frontend
      displayName: Publish Frontend Artifacts

That’s it!