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Note: As of June 2020 I do not have time to maintain this repository anymore and I've thus made it read-only.


A top-like utility for Unix to monitor Continuous Integration pipelines from the command line. Current integrations include GitLab, Azure DevOps, Travis CI, AppVeyor and CircleCI. Think of cistern as the receptacle that holds the results of your CI pipelines. cistern stands for Continous Integration Services Terminal for Unix.

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Project status

cistern is currently in the initial development phase. Anything may change at any time and the API should not be considered stable.


  • List pipelines associated to a commit of a GitHub or GitLab repository: pipelines are shown in a tree view where expanding a pipeline will reveal its stages, jobs and tasks
  • Monitor status changes in quasi real time and view job logs
  • Integration with Travis CI, AppVeyor, CircleCI, GitLab CI and Azure DevOps: cistern is targeted at open source developers


  • Starting, restarting or canceling a pipeline is not possible for now (issue #14)
  • Compatibility is restricted to Unix systems: all dependencies and the majority of the code base should work on Windows, but there are still a few Unixisms here and there.
  • No integration with GitHub Actions: GitHub does not currently allow access to action logs via their API
  • Integrations are limited to CI providers: Integration with Netlify, code coverage services, etc is currently considered out of scope
  • Git is the only version-control system supported


Binary releases

Binary releases are made available for each version of cistern here.

Each release archive contains a statically linked executable named cistern, the manual page in HTML and groff man format, a copy of the license and a sample configuration file.

Building from source

Building automatically from source (recommended)

This method requires a UNIX system with golang >= 1.11, git and pandoc.

git clone [email protected]:nbedos/cistern.git
cd cistern
# Compile and run build script
export GO111MODULE=on
go run ./cmd/make cistern

If all went well you should find the following content in the ./build/ directory:

Filename Content
cistern statically linked executable manual page (groff man format) manual page (HTML format)
cistern.toml sample configuration file
LICENSE copy of the license

Building manually from source

This method is provided for users that do not wish to install pandoc on their system. It requires a UNIX system with golang >= 1.11 and git.

git clone [email protected]:nbedos/cistern.git
cd cistern
mkdir build
export CISTERN_VERSION="$(git describe --tags --dirty)_$(go env GOOS)/$(go env GOARCH)"
export GO111MODULE=on
go build -ldflags "-X main.Version=$CISTERN_VERSION" -o build/cistern ./cmd/cistern

At this point you should find the executable located at ./build/cistern.

Building a Docker image

This method requires access to Docker 17.05 or higher since it relies on a multi-stage build.

git clone [email protected]:nbedos/cistern.git
cd cistern
export CISTERN_DOCKER_IMAGE="cistern:$(git describe --tags --dirty)"
docker build -t "$CISTERN_DOCKER_IMAGE" .

# Mount a local repository as a volume mapped to `/cistern` to monitor its pipelines 
docker run -it -v "$PWD:/cistern" "$CISTERN_DOCKER_IMAGE"

# Monitor a non local repository by specifying a URL:
docker run -it "$CISTERN_DOCKER_IMAGE" -r


cistern requires access to various APIs and the corresponding credentials should be stored in a configuration file. A minimal example is given in the manual page and a full example (which is also included in every release archive) is available here.

If the configuration file is missing, cistern will run with the following limitations:

  • cistern will likely reach the rate limit of the GitHub API for unauthenticated clients in a few minutes
  • cistern will not be able to access pipeline jobs on GitLab without an API access token

In most cases running without a configuration file should still work well enough for quickly testing the application without having to bother with personal access tokens.


See the manual page for more detailed information.

usage: cistern [-r REPOSITORY | --repository REPOSITORY] [COMMIT]
       cistern -h | --help
       cistern --version

Monitor CI pipelines associated to a specific commit of a git repository

Positional arguments:
  COMMIT        Specify the commit to monitor. COMMIT is expected to be
                the SHA identifier of a commit, or the name of a tag or
                a branch. If this option is missing cistern will monitor
                the commit referenced by HEAD.

  -r REPOSITORY, --repository REPOSITORY
                Specify the git repository to monitor. If REPOSITORY is
                the path of a local repository, cistern will monitor all
                the associated remotes. If REPOSITORY is a URL, cistern
                will monitor the corresponding online repository.
                If this option is not set, cistern will behave as if it
                had been set to the path of the current directory.
                Note that cistern will only monitor repositories hosted
                on GitLab or GitHub.

  -h, --help    Show usage

  --version     Print the version of cistern being run


Monitor pipelines of the current git repository

# Move to a directory containing a git repository of your choosing
git clone [email protected]:nbedos/cistern.git && cd cistern
# Run cistern to list the pipelines associated to the last commit of the repository 

# Show pipelines associated to a specific commit, tag or branch
cistern a24840c
cistern 0.1.0
cistern master

Monitor pipelines of other repositories

# Show pipelines of a repository identified by a URL or path
cistern -r        # Web URL
cistern -r [email protected]:nbedos/cistern.git        # Git URL
cistern -r                # URL without scheme
cistern -r /home/user/repos/repo                    # Path to a repository

# Specify both repository and git reference
cistern -r master


Questions, bug reports and feature requests are welcome and should be submitted as issues.


Pull requests are welcome. If you foresee that a PR will take any significant amount of your time, you probably want to open an issue first to discuss your changes and make sure they are likely to be accepted.

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