Configuring Atlas Builds

This guide describes how to configure the Atlas build system for your applications.

By default, Atlas uses the latest v16 LTS release of Node.js. Currently Atlas supports Node.js v12, v14 and v16.

To set a custom version of Node.js, use the engines field in the package.json file. For example, here is how to deploy your application Node.js 16:

"engines": {
"node": "16.15.0"

Note: Atlas builds use Semantic Versioning to specify the Node.js version. This can be used to specify a specific versions, a range of versions or a major version

The version of Node.js in use on your builds can be found in the build output:

Node.js Setup:
Detecting Node.js version
Searching for the Node.js version in package.json => engines
Using Node.js "16.15.0" from the package.json engines field
Installing Node.js
nodejs: Contributing to layer
Node.js v16.15.0 installed

To see what version of Node.js you are using on your local machine use the following command:

$ node --version

The builds use the default version of npm that comes with the Node.js release selected. You can use this page to search which version of npm comes with a particular version of Node.js.

You can set a custom version of npm used in Atlas builds in two places. The first is the engines field in the package.json file. Similar to Node.js versions above, Atlas uses semver to specify the version used. Here is how to set it to use the latest version of npm v8:

"engines": {
"npm": "8"

An alternative way to set npm is to use the packageManager field in the package.json file. Note the difference in format compared to the engines field above where the version must be an exact version of npm:

"packageManager": "npm@8.11.0"

The version of npm being used on your builds can be found in the build output:

npm Setup:
Detecting npm version
Searching for the npm version in:
1. package.json => engines
2. package.json => packageManager
Using npm "8" from package.json engines field
Installing npm
npm: Contributing to layer
npm v8.13.2 installed because it is the latest version that matches the constraint "8"

To see what version you have installed locally use:

$ npm --version

If the yarn.lock file is committed then yarn is used instead of npm to build your application. Currently only Yarn Classic (v1) is supported on Atlas builds.

If you want to set an exact version of Yarn use the packageManager field in package.json:

"packageManager": "yarn@1.22.16"

The version of Yarn being used on your builds can be found in the build output:

Yarn Setup:
Determining yarn version
Yarn v1.22.16 installed

Use this command to see what version you are using locally:

$ yarn --version

It is recommended to commit your package-lock.json file to version control. Once committed Atlas uses the lock file to run npm ci to install package dependencies which builds your app with the same dependencies used in your local dev environment.

If the package-lock.json file is not present then npm install is run.

This is the command which is run to build your application. Custom build commands can be set on Atlas and per environment.

The build command can be configured 3 ways. In order of priority they are:

  1. ATLAS_BUILD_SCRIPT - Atlas builds look for the ATLAS_BUILD_SCRIPT environment variable. For example, ATLAS_BUILD_SCRIPT=my-build means npm run my-build will be run if using npm
  2. wpe-build - if it exists in package.json then npm run wpe-build is run if using npm
  3. build - if it exists in package.json

Below is an example of how to set each build command:

"scripts": {
"my-build": "next build", // only run if ATLAS_BUILD_SCRIPT is set
"wpe-build": "next build",
"build": "next build",

The start command is run to start your Node application once it is deployed. By default Atlas runs the start script in package.json. This can be overridden by setting the ATLAS_START_SCRIPT environment variable. For example, ATLAS_START_SCRIPT=start-dev means next dev will be run instead of next start with the package.json below:

"scripts": {
"start": "next start",
"start-dev": "next dev",

Note - at the moment this feature is open to a limited number of Atlas users. If you would like to use it, let us know through the form.

To generate a webhook that will rebuild your Atlas environment when triggered, visit the environment settings page and click on the Settings button:

Settings page

Click the Create a webhook button:

Generate webhook

Copy the webhook URL to use in your custom workflows:

Webhook URL

Once generated, you can use this URL to configure a WordPress plugin that can trigger your webhook based on certain WordPress actions, like adding a new post or page. Examples of such plugins are JAMstack deployments and WPGatsby.

If for any reason you want to regenerate the webhook so that old URL will no longer trigger rebuilds, click the Regenerate button and confirm your action:

Regenerate webhook

To delete your webhook, click the Delete button. If you do so, the URL you previously used will no longer work when attempting to trigger a rebuild.