Combine MacStadium infrastructure with Anka virtualization to manage your CI pipeline
Built by Veertu, Anka is a powerful and easy virtualization engine for continuous integration on macOS. Anka is built on Mac, so it works on all Mac hardware and all versions of macOS. Anka is custom-built to work as part of a CI workflow and easily integrates with existing container-based DevOps CI pipelines. This includes features like Instant Boot and an image management registry that makes it easy to manage multiple VM templates. This eliminates the need to have shared storage infrastructure when you have more than one machine.
Anka virtualizes macOS to enable simple and automated DevOps workflows when working with macOS virtual machines and physical iOS devices.
The core of the Anka toolset is a native macOS hypervisor that leverages Apple’s macOS hypervisor.framework for virtualization. This hypervisor includes PV network and disk drivers that are required for high performance operations inside the Anka VMs.
Based on the container concept, Anka Registry provides an easy way to store, version, and distribute macOS VMs that are used for CI and development. Once you’ve setup your VMs, a command can be used to upload or download a VM to the Registry. INSTANT START feature can also enable VMs stored in the Registry to quickly boot after distribution.
Anka Controller is the central management system of Anka Build and provides a simple and extensible interface for provisioning and managing on-demand macOS VMs on a cluster of Mac hardware (Anka Build nodes). If you use a contemporary CI tool like Buildkite or GitLab CI, you can integrate it with Anka Controller using controller REST APIs to provision macOS VMs on-demand for CI job requests.
The Anka Jenkins plugin provides a quick way to integrate Anka with Jenkins for iOS/macOS CI workflows using your own private cloud. Anka VMs can be allocated on-demand for execution of Jenkins build/test jobs and pipelines.
The Anka virtualization application package comes with a command line interface that allows for easy, straightforward management of guest virtual machines. Combined with the powerful CLI, Anka makes virtualization extremely fast and reliable.
Anka is purpose-built to support macOS and iOS development workflows. Developers can pull build/test VMs (built with all dependencies) on their laptops from a central registry and use them locally. A shared file system enables direct build execution inside the VM from the host.
Anka’s INSTANT START feature enables VMs stored in the Registry to boot in less than a second for on-demand provisioning.
Anka provides the ability to manage and execute tests (e.g. through XCTest) on multiple physical mobile devices connected to the host through Anka VMs. Use the Anka USB command to manage real devices connected through the USB interface.
The Anka TeamCity plugin provides a quick way to integrate Anka with TeamCity for iOS/macOS CI workflows using your own private cloud. Anka VMs can be allocated on-demand for execution of TeamCity build and test projects.
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