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  • Woodpecker CI: The project name around Woodpecker.
  • Woodpecker: An open-source tool that executes pipelines on your code.
  • Server: The component of Woodpecker that handles webhooks from forges, orchestrates agents, and sends status back. It also serves the API and web UI for administration and configuration.
  • Agent: A component of Woodpecker that executes pipelines (specifically one or more workflows) with a specific backend (e.g. Docker, Kubernetes, local). It connects to the server via GRPC.
  • CLI: The Woodpecker command-line interface (CLI) is a terminal tool used to administer the server, to execute pipelines locally for debugging / testing purposes, and to perform tasks like linting pipelines.
  • Pipeline: A sequence of workflows that are executed on the code. Pipelines are triggered by events.
  • Workflow: A sequence of steps and services that are executed as part of a pipeline. Workflows are represented by YAML files. Each workflow has its own isolated workspace, and often additional resources like a shared network (docker).
  • Steps: Individual commands, actions or tasks within a workflow.
  • Code: Refers to the files tracked by the version control system used by the forge.
  • Repos: Short for repositories, these are storage locations where code is stored.
  • Forge: The hosting platform or service where the repositories are hosted.
  • Workspace: A folder shared between all steps of a workflow containing the repository and all the generated data from previous steps.
  • Event: Triggers the execution of a pipeline, such as a forge event like push, or manual triggered manually from the UI.
  • Commit: A defined state of the code, usually associated with a version control system like Git.
  • Matrix: A configuration option that allows the execution of workflows for each value in the matrix.
  • Service: A service is a step that is executed from the start of a workflow until its end. It can be accessed by name via the network from other steps within the same workflow.
  • Plugins: Plugins are extensions that provide pre-defined actions or commands for a step in a workflow. They can be configured via settings.
  • Container: A lightweight and isolated environment where commands are executed.
  • YAML File: A file format used to define and configure workflows.
  • Dependency: Workflows can depend on each other, and if possible, they are executed in parallel.
  • Status: Status refers to the outcome of a step or workflow after it has been executed, determined by the internal command exit code. At the end of a workflow, its status is sent to the forge.


Sometimes there exist multiple terms that can be used for a thing, we try to define it here once and stick to it.

  • environment variables *_LINK should be *_URL, also in code, use URL() instead of Link (Vote)
  • Pipelines were previously called builds
  • Steps were previously called jobs