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jenkins-server (20) Versions 0.3.1

This cookbook installs a complete Jenkins server with plugins and is highly configurable with attributes in this cookbook.

cookbook 'jenkins-server', '= 0.3.1'
cookbook 'jenkins-server', '= 0.3.1', :supermarket
knife cookbook site install jenkins-server
knife cookbook site download jenkins-server
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This cookbook installs a complete Jenkins server with plugins and is highly configurable with attributes in this cookbook. It depends on the Jenkins cookbook that is used as foundation.

Supported Platforms

  • CentOS >= 6.6
  • RHEL >= 6.6
  • Ubuntu >= 12.04
  • Debian >= 7.0

These platforms are officially supported, but it will probably work on other platforms to.



  • default['jenkins-server']['admin']['username'] - Sets the username for the administrator user. Default "admin"
  • default['jenkins-server']['security']['chef-vault']['data_bag'] - Name of the data bag for jenkins users
  • default['jenkins-server']['security']['chef-vault']['data_bag_item'] - ID of the data bag to use as administrator user. This data bag must contain a password, private_key and public_key property


  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['install'] - Default true. Jenkins is proxied behind Nginx. If you want to disable this, set this attribute to false and default['jenkins']['master']['listen_address'] to Jenkins will then be reachable on port 8080.
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['server_name'] - Server name / hostname. Default "jenkins-server001.local"
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['server_default'] - If the Jenkins server block must be the default/catch all. Default true
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['template_cookbook'] - The cookbook for the Nginx server template. Default "jenkins-server"
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['template_source'] - The source for the Nginx server template. Default "nginx/jenkins.conf.erb"
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['ssl'] - If a SSL connection must be used and forced. Default false
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['ssl_cert_path'] - Path to the SSL certificate. Default nil
  • default['jenkins-server']['nginx']['ssl_key_path'] - Path to the SSL private key. Default nil


  • default['jenkins-server']['java']['install'] - Installs Java with the Java cookbook
  • default['jenkins-server']['ant']['install'] - Installs Ant with the Ant cookbook
  • default['jenkins-server']['git']['install'] - Installs Git with the Git cookbook
  • default['jenkins-server']['composer']['install'] - Installs Composer with the Composer cookbook. If true, the composer_vendors recipe will install the required vendors "squizlabs/php_codesniffer", "phploc/phploc", "pdepend/pdepend", "phpmd/phpmd", "sebastian/phpcpd" and "theseer/phpdox"
  • default['jenkins-server']['composer']['template_cookbook'] - Template cookbook for composer.json. Default "jenkins-server"
  • default['jenkins-server']['composer']['template_source'] - Template source for composer.json. Default "composer/composer.json.erb"


  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['executors'] - Number of executors. Default the number of cores with a minimum of 2
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['slave_agent_port'] - Port number, or 0 to indicate random available TCP port (default) or -1 to disable this service
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['system_email'] - System email address
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['smtp_host'] - Mailer SMTP host. Default "localhost"
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['username'] - Mailer username. Default "mailer"
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['password'] - Mailer password. Default "mailer"
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['use_ssl'] - If the mailer must use SSL. Default true
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['smtp_port'] - SMTP port. Default "25"
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['reply_to_address'] - Reply to address. Default node['jenkins-server']['settings']['system_email']
  • default['jenkins-server']['settings']['mailer']['charset'] - Mail charset. Default "UTF-8"


These plugins are configured by default. See the attributes/default.rb for more details. Read for how to add a plugin the section "Adding plugins" further on.

  • General: greenballs, locale, antisamy-markup-formatter, gravatar, ws-cleanup, ansicolor, build-monitor-plugin, git and ant
  • Version control: bitbucket, bitbucket-pullrequest-builder
  • checkstyle, cloverphp, crap4j, dry, htmlpublisher, jdepend, plot, pmd, violations, warnings and xunit


Jenkins jobs can be specified with attributes like:

default['jenkins-server']['jobs']['myjob'] = {
  'cookbook' => 'mycookbook',
  'source' => 'jobs/myjob.xml.erb'

By default the "php-template" job is installed from

Dev mode

If you are developing/testing your (wrapper) cookbook locally, chef-vault communication will be very difficult. If you set an attribute default['dev_mode'] to true then these attributes will be used to setup Jenkins security.

  • default['jenkins-server']['dev_mode']['security']['password'] - This password is used for the GUI login. Default "admin"
  • default['jenkins-server']['dev_mode']['security']['public_key'] - This public key (paired with the private key) is used for Jenkins CLI authentication
  • default['jenkins-server']['dev_mode']['security']['private_key'] - This private key (paired with the public key) is used for Jenkins CLI authentication


Some attributes that overwrite the Jenkins cookbook attributes:

  • default['jenkins']['master']['version'] - Jenkins version. Default 1.619-1.1
  • default['jenkins']['master']['jvm_options'] - JVM options. Default "-Xms256m -Xmx256m" which sets the memory usage to 256 MB
  • default['jenkins']['master']['listen_address'] - Listen address. Default "". So the Jenkins application is only reachable from localhost or through Nginx.


Some attributes that overwrite the Java cookbook attributes:

  • default['java']['jdk_version'] - Version. Default 7

Adding plugins

You can add plugins to the default['jenkins-server']['plugins'] array.

Add a Jenkins plugin "myplugin" like below. You can specify a version. If you want to configure it, set configure to true and specify a cookbook and recipe. Use the jenkins_script resource to configure your plugin with a groovy script. Take a look at the plugin recipes in this cookbook for examples.

default['jenkins-server']['plugins']['myplugin'] = {
  'version' => '1.0',
  'configure' => true,
  'cookbook' => 'mycookbook',
  'recipe' => 'myrecipe_plugin_example'

Plugins can be configured with groovy scripts. Test them at your Jenkins instance: http://<host>:8080/script

With the doInspector method from you can figure out the properties and methods of your plugin. The Jenkins core API documentation can be found at

def doInspector(obj) {
  def inspector = new groovy.inspect.Inspector(obj)
  def inspectorReport = new StringBuilder()
  inspectorReport << "Object under inspection "
  inspectorReport << (inspector.isGroovy() ? "IS" : "is NOT") << " Groovy!\n"
  inspectorReport << "METHODS\n"
  def methods = inspector.methods
  methods.each {
    inspectorReport << "\t" << it.toString() << "\n"
  inspectorReport << "\nMETA METHODS\n"
  def metaMethods = inspector.metaMethods
  metaMethods.each {
    inspectorReport << "\t" << it.toString() << "\n"
  inspectorReport << "\nPROPERTY INFO\n"
  def properties = inspector.propertyInfo
  properties.each {
    inspectorReport << "\t" << it.toString() << "\n"
  println inspectorReport



Include jenkins-server in your node's run_list:

  "run_list": [

The default recipe includes the following recipies:

if node['jenkins-server']['java']['install']
  include_recipe 'java'

if node['jenkins-server']['ant']['install']
  include_recipe 'ant'

if node['jenkins-server']['git']['install']
  include_recipe 'git'

if node['jenkins-server']['nginx']['install']
  include_recipe 'jenkins-server::nginx'

include_recipe 'jenkins-server::master'
include_recipe 'jenkins-server::security'
include_recipe 'jenkins-server::settings'
include_recipe 'jenkins-server::plugins'
include_recipe 'jenkins-server::jobs'
include_recipe 'jenkins-server::composer'


The MIT License (MIT)


Author:: Pieter Vogelaar (

Dependent cookbooks

nginx >= 0.0.0
composer >= 0.0.0
git >= 0.0.0
ant >= 0.0.0
java >= 0.0.0
jenkins >= 2.3.1

Contingent cookbooks

There are no cookbooks that are contingent upon this one.


  • Added Nginx
  • Added composer
  • Added composer vendor install for jenkins-php packages
  • Added jobs recipe
  • Added user settings recipe that fixes missing home folder files and shell
  • Added more Jenkins settings


  • Added configurable plugins
  • Added configurable Jenkins settings
  • Added Java, Ant and Git package


  • Documentation improvements
  • Better attribute defaults


Initial release of jenkins-server

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