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Create Workflows without using the Harness Pipelines


This tutorial will help you create an IDP Self Service Workflow which automates GitHub Repo Onboarding for users. This is also an example to demonstrate that you can build IDP Flows by using Backstage Scaffolder actions and without using Harness pipelines. This however, is not our recommended approach as we recommend using a Harness pipeline to leverage features like Access Control and Governance.


Add Connector

  1. Go to Admin -> Git Integrations.
  2. Add a New Git Integration with type as GitHub.
  3. Now Select the GitHub Connector and Save Changes, follow the steps to add a new connector

Make sure the Connector URL used here is pointed towards the org where you want to create the new repo and the token used have write permission for the repo also Enable the API while creating connector.

Register Template in IDP

  1. In the left navigation, select Create, and then select Register Software Component.

  1. Enter the URL to register this already available template.

  1. Select Import.

  1. Now click on the template name

Use Workflows to Create a Repo

  1. Once you're on the entity page for template, Launch the Template.

  1. Now fill the fields as displayed in the image below
  • Name: Name of the component that will be registered in the IDP
  • Description: Describe the usage of the component
  • Owner (Dropdown): Select a user group as the owner of the component being created.
  • Owner: The GitHub org under which you want to create the new repository. The org is usually picked from the URL used in the Connector.
  • Repository: Give a name to the newly created repository.

  1. Now Trigger the flow, it will create a repository and register it back in your software catalog.

Delete the Template

If you want to unregister or delete the template follow the steps mentioned here.

Further Reading

Self Service Onboarding in IDP is powered by scaffolder templates and Harness Pipeline(IDP Stage) . Follow the tutorials to learn more about it.

  1. Create a service onboarding pipeline (using IDP Stage)

  2. Getting started with service onboarding pipeline (using Custom Stage)

  3. Use Harness IDP for self serviced Harness CI/CD onboarding