This chapter focuses on Taskcluster's core concept: tasks.
At the highest level, Taskcluster executes tasks. New tasks are added to one of several queues, and workers consume tasks from those queues and execute them. In the process, services send Pulse messages about task status, and attach the results of the task -- including logs and output artifacts -- to the task itself.
A task is described by a task definition, which is a simple data structure
usually encoded in JSON or YAML. Each task has a unique
randomly by the caller when the task is created. The full schema for the task
definition is given in the reference
documentation, but a
simple task might look like this:
provisionerId: aws-provisioner-v1 workerType: tutorial created: 2020-01-04T04:18.084Z deadline: 2020-01-05T04:18.084Z metadata: name: Example Task description: Eample from TC Manual owner: email@example.com source: https://github.com/taskcluster/taskcluster-docs payload: image: ubuntu:16.04 command: ['echo', 'hello world']
You can use the task creator to experiment with creating tasks.
The next few sections describe the many powerful features of tasks, while the next chapter covers their execution by workers.