Jenkins is an open-source automation server that automates the repetitive technical tasks involved in the continuous integration and delivery of software. Jenkins is Java-based and can be installed from Ubuntu packages or by downloading and running its web application archive (WAR) file — a collection of files that make up a complete web application to run on a server.
In this tutorial, you will install Jenkins by adding its Debian package repository, and using that repository to install the package with
To follow this tutorial, you will need:
- One Ubuntu 18.04 server configured with a non-root sudo user and firewall by following the Ubuntu 18.04 initial server setup guide. We recommend starting with at least 1 GB of RAM. See Choosing the Right Hardware for Masters for guidance in planning the capacity of a production Jenkins installation.
- Java 8 installed, following our guidelines on installing specific versions of OpenJDK on Ubuntu 18.04.
Step 1 — Installing Jenkins
The version of Jenkins included with the default Ubuntu packages is often behind the latest available version from the project itself. To take advantage of the latest fixes and features, you can use the project-maintained packages to install Jenkins.
First, add the repository key to the system:
$ wget -q -O - http://pkg.jenkins-ci.org/debian/jenkins-ci.org.key | sudo apt-key add -
When the key is added, the system will return
OK. Next, append the Debian package repository address to the server’s
$ sudo sh -c 'echo deb http://pkg.jenkins-ci.org/debian-stable binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list'
When both of these are in place, run
update so that
apt will use the new repository:
$sudo apt update
Finally, install Jenkins and its dependencies:
$sudo apt install jenkins
Now that Jenkins and its dependencies are in place, we’ll start the Jenkins server.
Step 2 — Starting Jenkins
Let’s start Jenkins using
sudo systemctl start jenkins
systemctl doesn’t display output, you can use its
status command to verify that Jenkins started successfully:
$ sudo systemctl status jenkins
If everything went well, the beginning of the output should show that the service is active and configured to start at boot:
Output● jenkins.service - LSB: Start Jenkins at boot time
Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/jenkins; generated)
Active: active (exited) since Mon 2018-07-09 17:22:08 UTC; 6min ago
Tasks: 0 (limit: 1153)
Now that Jenkins is running, let’s adjust our firewall rules so that we can reach it from a web browser to complete the initial setup.
Step 3 — Opening the Firewall
By default, Jenkins runs on port
8080, so let’s open that port using
$ sudo ufw allow 8080
ufw’s status to confirm the new rules:
$ sudo ufw status
You will see that traffic is allowed to port
8080 from anywhere:
OutputStatus: activeTo Action From
-- ------ ----
OpenSSH ALLOW Anywhere
8080 ALLOW Anywhere
OpenSSH (v6) ALLOW Anywhere (v6)
8080 (v6) ALLOW Anywhere (v6)Note: If the firewall is inactive, the following commands will allow OpenSSH and enable the firewall:$ sudo ufw allow OpenSSH$ sudo ufw enable
With Jenkins installed and our firewall configured, we can complete the initial setup.
Step 4 — Setting Up Jenkins
To set up your installation, visit Jenkins on its default port,
8080, using your server domain name or IP address:
You should see the Unlock Jenkins screen, which displays the location of the initial password:
In the terminal window, use the
cat command to display the password:
$ sudo cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword
Copy the 32-character alphanumeric password from the terminal and paste it into the Administrator password field, then click Continue.
The next screen presents the option of installing suggested plugins or selecting specific plugins:
We’ll click the Install suggested plugins option, which will immediately begin the installation process:
When the installation is complete, you will be prompted to set up the first administrative user. It’s possible to skip this step and continue as
admin using the initial password we used above, but we’ll take a moment to create the user.
Note: The default Jenkins server is NOT encrypted, so the data submitted with this form is not protected. When you’re ready to use this installation, follow the guide How to Configure Jenkins with SSL Using an Nginx Reverse Proxy on Ubuntu 18.04. This will protect user credentials and information about builds that are transmitted via the web interface.
Enter the name and password for your user:
You will see an Instance Configuration page that will ask you to confirm the preferred URL for your Jenkins instance. Confirm either the domain name for your server or your server’s IP address:
After confirming the appropriate information, click Save and Finish. You will see a confirmation page confirming that “Jenkins is Ready!”:
Click Start using Jenkins to visit the main Jenkins dashboard:
At this point, you have completed a successful installation of Jenkins.
In this tutorial, you have installed Jenkins using the project-provided packages, started the server, opened the firewall, and created an administrative user. At this point, you can start exploring Jenkins.
When you’ve completed your exploration, if you decide to continue using Jenkins, follow the guide How to Configure Jenkins with SSL Using an Nginx Reverse Proxy on Ubuntu 18.04 to protect your passwords, as well as any sensitive system or product information that will be sent between your machine and the server in plain text.