Install Jenkins on Ubuntu

​Jenkins is a topnotch application.Originally started as Hudson in 2004 but due to a conflict in 2011 they divided and continued under the name, Jenkins. It enables one to build software, deploy software, or websites to various endpoints or to run unit/behaviour-driven software tests. In this blog, I will demonstrate how to install, configure Jenkins, and create your first job.

Step 1. Verify Java Installation

$java –version

If java is installed then, you will see java version like:

​java version "1.8.0_77"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_77-b03)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.77-b03, mixed mode)

If Java is not installed, then follow the step 2 to install and set JAVA_HOME path

Step 2: Install Java and Set JAVA_HOME

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-installer
$ sudo apt-get install oracle-java8-set-default

$ cd /usr/lib/jvm/

$ ls -l

​drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4096 Apr 16 11:07 ./
drwxr-xr-x 163 root root 20480 Apr 11 06:57 ../
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 24 Mar 23 2014 default-java -> java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64/
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 20 Mar 24 16:08 java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64 -> java-7-openjdk-amd64/
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2439 Mar 24 16:07 .java-1.7.0-openjdk-amd64.jinfo
drwxr-xr-x 5 root root 4096 Apr 16 11:07 java-7-openjdk-amd64/
drwxr-xr-x 8 root root 4096 Apr 1 08:35 java-8-oracle/
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2643 Apr 1 08:35 .java-8-oracle.jinfo

Then change directory to latest java

$ cd java-8-oracle

$ pwd


$ sudo vi /etc/environment

Add below path as per your java installation at end of file


$ source /etc/environment
$ echo $JAVA_HOME


Step 3. Install jenkins.

Before you can install Jenkins, add the key and source list to apt. First add the key:

$ wget -q -O - | apt-key add -

Then, create a sources list for Jenkins:

echo deb binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list

Update apt’s cache before installing Jenkins:

$ apt-get update

After the cache has been updated, proceed with installing Jenkins. Please note that it has a large bunch of dependencies, so it might take a few moments to install them all.

$ apt-get install jenkins

Jenkins will be launched as a daemon up on start. Check /etc/init.d/jenkins for more details. To run this service a ‘jenkins’ user is created. The log file will be placed in /var/log/jenkins/jenkins.log . Check this file when in need for troubleshooting.​​

​Step 4. Start Jenkins service.

$ /etc/init.d/jenkins start
$ /etc/init.d/jenkins start

Jenkins will write log files to /var/log/jenkins/jenkins.log. You can also fine-tune the configuration.

Step 5. Access Jenkins.

Finally, after the installation is complete you can visit the following address in your browser http://your-ip-address:8080

Congratulation’s! You have successfully installed jenkins.

Introduction to Jenkins

Jenkins is an adaptable open source software tool built with java language.It helps developers to build and test their software development continuously. Basically CICD is the best practice of running project tests on a non-developer machine automatically everytime when ever they pushed new code into the source repository.


With Jenkins, organization can speed up the software development workflow through automation. Jenkins deals and holds development growth processes of all kinds, including building , documenting , testing, packaging, staging, deployment, static analysis and many more……

Jenkins provide itself as a platform where installation, development , deployment and production occurs simultaneously on a large scale machines.


Jenkins constitute some great features in it like:

  1. Easy installation: Just run java -jar jenkins.war, deploy it in a servlet container. No additional install, no database. Prefer an installer or native package? We have those as well.
  2. Easy configuration: Jenkins can be configured entirely from its friendly web GUI with extensive on-the-fly error checks and inline help.
  3. Rich plugin ecosystem: Jenkins integrates with virtually every SCM or build tool that exists. View plugins.
  4. Extensibility: Most parts of Jenkins can be extended and modified, and it’s easy to create new Jenkins plugins. This allows you to customize Jenkins to your needs.
  5. Distributed builds: Jenkins can distribute build/test loads to multiple computers with different operating systems. Building software for OS X, Linux, and Windows? No problem.