Install Jenkins on Ubuntu 16.04 | 17.10 | 18.04 LTS Server

Jenkins, a self-contained Java-based program which was forked from the Hudson project can easily be installed on Ubuntu… and this brief tutorial is going to show students and new users how to do it with Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 servers…

For those who don’t know about Jenkins, here’s a brief overview: It’s a leading open source automation server which provides hundreds of plugins to support building, deploying and automating any project.

Out-of-the-box, it supports Windows, Mac OS X and other Unix-like operating systems… and can easily be distributed across multiple machines, helping drive builds, tests and deployments for multiple platforms efficiently…

For more about Jenkins, connect to its hompage

When you’re ready to install Jenkins, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install Java

Since Jenkins requires Java, you must first install it… Oracle Java is recommended and the PPA below contains it for Ubuntu..

To add the PPA which contains Java, run the commands below

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/java

After running the commands above, you should see a prompt to accept the PPA key onto Ubuntu… accept and continue

Continue below to install Java 8…

Step 2: Download Oracle Java 8 Installer

Now that the PPA repository has been added to Ubuntu, run the commands below to download Oracle Java 8 installer…. the installer should install the latest Java JDK 8 on your Ubuntu machines.

sudo apt update
sudo apt install oracle-java8-installer

When you run the commands above you’ll be prompted to access the license terms of the software… accept and continue..

oracle java 9

Step 3: Configure Oracle JDK8 as Default

Set Oracle JDK8 as default, to do that, install the oracle-java8-set-default package. This will automatically set the JAVA env variable.

sudo apt install oracle-java8-set-default

The command above will automatically set Java 8 as the default… and that should complete your installation, you can check you java version by running following command.

javac -version

Step 4: Install Jenkins

Now that Java is installed, follow the guide below to install Jenkins…

First run the commands below to add Jenkins repository to your system… First add the repository key…

cd /tmp && wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Then run the commands below to add the repository…

echo 'deb binary/' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list

After that, run the commands below to install Jenkins

sudo apt update
sudo apt install jenkins

After installing Jenkins, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable Jenkins to alwyas start up when the server boots…

sudo systemctl stop jenkins.service
sudo systemctl start jenkins.service
sudo systemctl enable jenkins.service

Next, open your browser and browse to the server hostname or IP address followed by port # 8080


When you that, you’ll get a prompt to enter the initial admin password… run the commands below to view it on the system…

cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword

Copy and paste it into the field and continue with the setup… Install all plugins… and wait for the process to complete… after that you’ll create an admin account and complete the installation…


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