CircleCI Releases Visual Configuration Editor
August 18, 2022

CircleCI announced the general availability of the CircleCI Visual Configuration Editor, an all-in-one open source project for configuration editing, including creating component definitions and usages.

CircleCI’s open source Visual Configuration Editor is a drag-and-drop node based graphical editor giving teams the ability to create configuration from scratch, easily upload and edit existing config.yaml files, and visualize and streamline large, complex workflows.

CircleCI’s Visual Configuration Editor provides a visual orchestration of their pipeline development all in one place.

“As software development becomes more complex, our goal is to provide best-in-class CI/CD services to developers where they are, regardless of the tools and languages they use. CircleCI’s latest open source Visual Configuration Editor provides customers at any level an alternative for visualizing and developing CI pipelines,” said Jean-Philippe Leblanc, SVP, Engineering at CircleCI.

Early developers will find the Visual Configuration Editor useful for:

- Configuration is automatically generated as you go.

- Access all CircleCI orbs with a single click, to quickly integrate with popular services.

- Input is validated in real time.

- Visually manage tag and branch filters.

- A streamlined configuration building experience, so you can orchestrate your pipelines with confidence.

More experienced customers will find the Visual Configuration Editor useful for:

- Making quick changes without having to trace through the YAML.

- Previewing workflow orchestration.

- A visual explainer for educating peers on your project’s CI pipelines.

- Ease of access to advanced functionality of orbs.

Additional benefits include extensibility through CircleCI orbs and webhooks. CircleCI orbs, or sharable packages of configuration, can make it easier to implement different solutions, like splitting a config file. Setup workflows can also be used to set pipeline parameters for both API and webhook triggers.

Under the hood, CircleCI’s Visual Configuration Editor was created by the CircleCI Config SDK, which is a javascript / typescript library for CircleCI CI/CD processes. The library serves as an high-level programming abstraction layer for YAML based configuration and has many core elements/features implemented into classes and methods. To learn more about the Config SDK visit the open source project on Github, here.

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