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First Steps with CircleCI

Before you can start running builds on CircleCI, you’ll need to allow CircleCI to access your code. Depending on whether you’re using GitHub or Bitbucket, authorize CircleCI to access your code.

After authorizing a version control system (VCS), you’ll be redirected to your CircleCI Dashboard, which will be empty since you haven’t added any projects yet.

Adding Projects

Click “PROJECTS” in the lefthand sidebar and select one of your organizations. Then, click “Build project” next to the project you’d like to start building on CircleCI.

Following Projects

Maybe someone else in your GitHub/Bitbucket organization linked a project to CircleCI. In that case, you’ll want to follow that project.

Following a project subscribes you to email notifications and adds the project to your dashboard’s project/branch picker.

You’ll automatically follow any new project that you push to, but you can also manually follow a project by clicking “PROJECTS” in the lefthand sidebar, clicking on your organization, and then clicking the “Follow project” button next to the project you’d like to follow.

Next Steps

Now that you’ve integrated with a VCS and added one of your projects, you’ll need to create a .circleci/config.yml file to tell CircleCI what to do during each build.

Head to our Project Walkthrough for a sample config.yml and explanation of each component of the file.

Or, if you have a specific language in mind, check out our demo applications.