How to Install Jenkins on Linux

how to install jenkins on linux

Guys, Before talking about how to install jenkins on linux, shall we discuss a little bit about actually what is jenkins ? It is a automation tool which has written in java language. It is an open source application. Jenkins helps for automation tasks and mostly used by system administrators, cloud engineers, DevOps engineers and developers.

As an example if we take running Ansible playbooks on the ansible master node itself, we can use jenkins tool for running ansible playbooks. Since jenkins is a web tool, system administrators/ DevOps can easily use it taking the advantage of it’s different types plugins for specific purposes. Jenkins is also very useful for Continuos Integration and Continous delivery ( CI/CD ). Thanks to jenkins, developers can build and test their software projects by doing the changes continously and can take the project to the production level without any distruption to the users because of the pre testing stages running in continous delivery.

So we are going to see different ways of how to install jenkins on Linux.

1) Install Jenkins using yum command

commands :

sudo yum update -y
sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/jenkins.repo https://pkg.jenkins.io/redhat-stable/jenkins.repo
sudo rpm –import https://pkg.jenkins.io/redhat-stable/jenkins.io.key
sudo yum install jenkins -y
sudo systemctl start jenkins
sudo systemctl enable jenkins

Note : Since Jenkins is a java application, first of all you must have installed java on your centos.

Install Jenkins on centos

command – sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel

Install Jenkins on centos

We can check if the port for jenkins has opened. Remember that jenkins is using port 8080 as it’s default port. But we can change it if we need. 🙂

To access your Jenkins after the Installation, Open your web browser and got to your centos local ip with port 8080 ( or localhost:8080 ) or if you are running a virtual machine your public ip with port 8080 could be accessed. I am here using the public ip attached to my virtual machine to get the jenkins web interface.

As shown in the browser you need to access that /var/lib path and get the Initial Admin password. Then Install suggested plugins and login as admin ( if needed you can create another account ).

here we go, finally we have installed jenkins. 🙂

Install jenkins

2) Install Jenkins on a tomcat

What is tomcat ? Actually tomcat is a application server from apache foundation which executes java servlets and renders the webpages which is having java coding. Since Jenkins is a tool build with java, we are trying to install jenkins on tomcat.

commands :

sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk-devel
cd ~
wget https://archive.apache.org/dist/tomcat/tomcat-9/v9.0.0.M10/bin/apache-tomcat-9.0.0.M10.tar.gz
tar xzfv apache-tomcat-9.0.0.M10.tar.gz
mkdir Tomcat9
mv apache-tomcat-9.0.0.M10 Tomcat9
cd Tomcat9/bin
./startup.sh

Now  we have installed tomcat on one of our directories in home folder and started tomcat server. You can check of the port 8080 has opened.

sudo netstat -plunt |grep 8080
Now open the browser with your localhost:8080 or if you are running a virtual machine then your vm local machine ip with port 8080 or your public ip with port 8080.

Install tomcat on centos

Ok, now tomcat is ready to searve for java applications. Let’s get our jenkins into tomcat.

Download the jenkins war file from this link. Jenkins war releases. I use version 2.214 ( latest war file ).

commands :

cd ~/Tomcat9/webapps
wget http://updates.jenkins-ci.org/download/war/2.214/jenkins.war

Now we will get back to the browser.

try now the url as your tomcat url/jenkins, like localhost:8080/jenkins

See now you are running your jenkins on tomcat. You can check the java process on the server. ps -ef|grep java

If you want to shutdown or restart the jenkins, you can do it by shutting down the tomcat node. Simply do as below

cd ~/Tomcat9/bin
./shutdown.sh – this will shutdown the tomcat, so jenkins will also be shutdown
./startup.sh = this will start your tomcat and jenkins will be back online

4) Install Jenkins on a docker container

commands :

First we need to install docker engine in our centos, So follow the below

sudo yum update -y
sudo yum install -y yum-utils device-mapper-persistent-data lvm2 -y
sudo yum-config-manager –add-repo https://download.docker.com/linux/centos/docker-ce.repo
sudo yum -y install docker-ce
sudo systemctl start docker && sudo systemctl enable docker

now switch to root user – sudo su

To verify docker, use command docker ps and docker version to check the docker version.

Guys now we have installed docker on our centos. Now we will pull our jenkins image to our centos.

docker search jenkins

docker image pull jenkins

docker images


Now i am creating a docker container from jenkins image as below

You can see that i have exposed the container to be accesible from the localhost ip from host port 8080. Open the browser and try to access the jenkins container with port 8080.

So guys we discussed how to install jenkins on centos in three different ways. Hope more articles related to jenkins on future.

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2 thoughts on “How to Install Jenkins on Linux

    1. Hi Shawn, Thanks for being interesting on my post. We can combine both Docker containers and Ansible. Will post regarding them in the future.

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