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CD Foundation Welcomes Shipwright, Framework for Building Container Images on Kubernetes, As New Incubating Project

By August 3, 2021Announcement, Blog

Simplified approach for building container images, built on Tekton

San Francisco, August 3, 2021 – The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF), the open-source software foundation that seeks to improve the world’s capacity to deliver software with security and speed, today announced that Shipwright has become an Incubating Project under the CD Foundation. 

Building container images reliably, securely, and efficiently is an increasingly key function of a modern cloud native delivery pipeline. With Shipwright, developers get a simplified approach for building container images, by defining a minimal YAML that does not require any previous knowledge of containers or container tooling. Shipwright is built on Tekton, a current CDF project. 

Shipwright repo and install instructions here: 

“Joining the CDF is an important milestone for the Shipwright community. As a co-founder of Tekton, one of the founding projects of the CDF, I believe that CDF is the right place for Shipwright to get to v1 and, more importantly, to grow beyond that,” said Jason Hall, Red Hat Senior Principal Software Engineer and Shipwright contributor. “We believe Shipwright will become an important tool in the continuous delivery ecosystem. Shipwright tries to do one thing well: build container images. It’s not a swiss army knife, it’s a hammer.”

Shipwright is based on years of experience developing and operating Red Hat OpenShift Builds as part of the Red Hat OpenShift platform, with contributions from the IBM Cloud Code Engine team. Shipwright powers IBM Cloud Code Engine container image builds.

“Shipwright focuses on doing one thing really well: building containers. Developers need good tools to build cloud native applications, and Shipwright is an excellent addition to that toolset. Because Shipwright works well with Tekton, one of the founding and fastest-growing CDF projects, it makes good sense for Shipwright to join the CDF for even closer collaboration,” said Tracy Miranda, Continuous Delivery Foundation Executive Director. “We are excited to work with Shipwright closely and to help build the project and expand its community of users. Welcome to the whole Shipwright community!”

The CD Foundation provides a wide range of services to support open source projects, and projects begin the process as an Incubation Project. This is for projects that are interested in reaching broad adoption and have identified a growth plan for doing so. Projects receive mentorship from the CD Foundation Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) and are expected to actively develop their community of contributors, governance, project documentation, and more. Full details on bringing an open source continuous delivery project to the CDF are available here.

“The TOC is extremely pleased to welcome Shipwright to the CD Foundation. We have worked to prepare for the transition to an Incubation Project and this announcement is a great milestone in the process,” said Dan Lorenc, Technical Oversight Committee (TOC) Chair. “Welcome!”

Shipwright hosts weekly meetings for users, contributors, maintainers and anyone interested in the project. Here are the Shipwright Contributing Guidelines and information on Community Meetings and Contact Information.

Additional CD Foundation Resources

About the Continuous Delivery Foundation

The Continuous Delivery Foundation (CDF) seeks to improve the world’s capacity to deliver software with security and speed. The CDF is a vendor-neutral organization that is establishing best practices of software delivery automation, propelling education and adoption of CD tools, and facilitating cross-pollination across emerging technologies. The CDF is home to many of the fastest-growing projects for CD, including Jenkins, Jenkins X, Tekton, and Spinnaker. The CDF is part of the Linux Foundation, a nonprofit organization. For more information about the CDF, please visit

About Shipwright

Shipwright is an open and extensible framework for building container images on Kubernetes. Declare and reuse build strategies to build container images. Shipwright is built on top of Tekton, taking advantage of its features to simplify continuous delivery workloads. Shipwright supports tools such as Kaniko, Cloud Native Buildpacks, Buildah, and more. 

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