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1 jenkins docker container to deploy a multibranch pipeline to a jenkins agent docker container running debian 10


Jenkins is a software written in java which allows you to setup a CI/CD pipeline. There are many ways to setup Jenkins depending on your environment. In this example I will try to set it up from the perspective of a single user, who wants a simple method to deploy/test their code easily. This approach does allow other users to submit code too. We are not going to use github enterprise but a normal free github account instead. We’ll also setup the projects in a way that does NOT require the server to have a public ip ( you will not need to open ports for it or expose jenkins publicly ). We will also take a look at security and isolate each project ( with github repositories ) with their independent deploy keys, security by compartmentalization is one of the best approaches one can go for. Furthermore I’ll be using the jenkins credential store and explain how we can use the jenkins credential store to save passwords/credentials and keep these outside the github repository. I will also explain how we can then run these projects locally for development. And last but not least I will also provide an example project in nodejs on github which can be used to follow this tutorial

Continuous Integration

Continuous integration (CI) is the practice of automating the integration of code changes from multiple contributors into a single software project. The CI process is comprised of automatic tools that assert the new code’s correctness before integration.

Continuous Delivery

Continuous delivery (CD or CDE) is a software engineering approach in which teams produce software in short cycles, ensuring that the software can be reliably released at any time and, when releasing the software, doing so manually.


In computing, a pipeline, also known as a data pipeline, is a set of data processing elements connected in series, where the output of one element is the input of the next one. The elements of a pipeline are often executed in parallel or in time-sliced fashion.

taking a look at jenkins with a nodejs example:

1.) Installation of Jenkins

Because jenkins is written in java it can be run on almost any operating system ( the can run java applications ). So depending on your use case pick the appropriate jenkins image ( i recommend the Long Term Support version ( LTS ))

You can download Jenkins here

You can follow this guide to learn how to install Jenkins natively on your operating system In the following example I’ll be using docker in the following version:

If you do not have docker installed yet run a

sudo apt update && sudo apt install docker-ce -y

this will install the last docker community edition

$ docker --version
Docker version 19.03.5, build 633a0ea838

make sure to change the user to whatever your current user is ( whoami )

user@docker:~$ cat 
mkdir /home/user/jenkins_home
docker run --name jenkins -p 8080:8080 -p 12345:12345 -v /home/user/jenkins_home:/var/jenkins_home jenkins/jenkins:lts

user@docker:~$ ./ 
Unable to find image 'jenkins/jenkins:lts' locally
lts: Pulling from jenkins/jenkins
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Digest: sha256:54486ebab0d42582a84fc35b184c4f5cf9998d139bbec552bc6ec8c617c4a055
Status: Downloaded newer image for jenkins/jenkins:lts
Running from: /usr/share/jenkins/jenkins.war
webroot: EnvVars.masterEnvVars.get("JENKINS_HOME")
2020-02-08 15:34:24.694+0000 [id=1]	INFO	org.eclipse.jetty.util.log.Log#initialized: Logging initialized @503ms to org.eclipse.jetty.util.log.JavaUtilLog
2020-02-08 15:34:24.836+0000 [id=1]	INFO	winstone.Logger#logInternal: Beginning extraction from war file
2020-02-08 15:34:26.716+0000 [id=1]	WARNING	o.e.j.s.handler.ContextHandler#setContextPath: Empty contextPath
2020-02-08 15:34:26.786+0000 [id=1]	INFO	org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server#doStart: jetty-9.4.z-SNAPSHOT; built: 2019-05-02T00:04:53.875Z; git: e1bc35120a6617ee3df052294e433f3a25ce7097; jvm 1.8.0_242-b08
2020-02-08 15:34:27.072+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.w.StandardDescriptorProcessor#visitServlet: NO JSP Support for /, did not find org.eclipse.jetty.jsp.JettyJspServlet
2020-02-08 15:34:27.122+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.s.s.DefaultSessionIdManager#doStart: DefaultSessionIdManager workerName=node0
2020-02-08 15:34:27.123+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.s.s.DefaultSessionIdManager#doStart: No SessionScavenger set, using defaults
2020-02-08 15:34:27.126+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.server.session.HouseKeeper#startScavenging: node0 Scavenging every 660000ms
2020-02-08 15:34:27.579+0000 [id=1]	INFO	hudson.WebAppMain#contextInitialized: Jenkins home directory: /var/jenkins_home found at: EnvVars.masterEnvVars.get("JENKINS_HOME")
2020-02-08 15:34:27.708+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.s.handler.ContextHandler#doStart: Started w.@26be6ca7{Jenkins v2.204.2,/,file:///var/jenkins_home/war/,AVAILABLE}{/var/jenkins_home/war}
2020-02-08 15:34:27.725+0000 [id=1]	INFO	o.e.j.server.AbstractConnector#doStart: Started ServerConnector@19932c16{HTTP/1.1,[http/1.1]}{}
2020-02-08 15:34:27.726+0000 [id=1]	INFO	org.eclipse.jetty.server.Server#doStart: Started @3536ms
2020-02-08 15:34:27.727+0000 [id=22]	INFO	winstone.Logger#logInternal: Winstone Servlet Engine v4.0 running: controlPort=disabled
2020-02-08 15:34:29.338+0000 [id=29]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Started initialization
2020-02-08 15:34:29.383+0000 [id=27]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Listed all plugins
2020-02-08 15:34:30.898+0000 [id=31]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Prepared all plugins
2020-02-08 15:34:30.904+0000 [id=31]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Started all plugins
2020-02-08 15:34:30.915+0000 [id=37]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Augmented all extensions
2020-02-08 15:34:31.588+0000 [id=40]	INFO	jenkins.InitReactorRunner$1#onAttained: Loaded all jobs
2020-02-08 15:34:31.603+0000 [id=55]	INFO	hudson.model.AsyncPeriodicWork#lambda$doRun$0: Started Download metadata
2020-02-08 15:34:31.614+0000 [id=55]	INFO	hudson.util.Retrier#start: Attempt #1 to do the action check updates server
2020-02-08 15:34:32.605+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.c.s.AbstractApplicationContext#prepareRefresh: Refreshing display name [Root WebApplicationContext]; startup date [Sat Feb 08 15:34:32 UTC 2020]; root of context hierarchy
2020-02-08 15:34:32.605+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.c.s.AbstractApplicationContext#obtainFreshBeanFactory: Bean factory for application context []:
2020-02-08 15:34:32.619+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.b.f.s.DefaultListableBeanFactory#preInstantiateSingletons: Pre-instantiating singletons in defining beans [authenticationManager]; root of factory hierarchy
2020-02-08 15:34:32.841+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.c.s.AbstractApplicationContext#prepareRefresh: Refreshing display name [Root WebApplicationContext]; startup date [Sat Feb 08 15:34:32 UTC 2020]; root of context hierarchy
2020-02-08 15:34:32.841+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.c.s.AbstractApplicationContext#obtainFreshBeanFactory: Bean factory for application context []:
2020-02-08 15:34:32.843+0000 [id=29]	INFO	o.s.b.f.s.DefaultListableBeanFactory#preInstantiateSingletons: Pre-instantiating singletons in defining beans [filter,legacy]; root of factory hierarchy
2020-02-08 15:34:33.235+0000 [id=29]	INFO	jenkins.install.SetupWizard#init: 


Jenkins initial setup is required. An admin user has been created and a password generated.
Please use the following password to proceed to installation:


This may also be found at: /var/jenkins_home/secrets/initialAdminPassword

user@docker:~$ ip a show docker0
3: docker0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP group default 
    link/ether 02:42:29:6e:e0:90 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    inet brd scope global docker0
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
    inet6 fe80::42:29ff:fe6e:e090/64 scope link 
       valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

we can now access jenkins in the browser via a second port which we can use to talk to our node app is port 12345

installing node inside the container
docker exec -it --user root jenkins /bin/bash

now that we are inside the docker container we can install nodejs version 12 with the following commands:

curl -sL | bash -
apt install -y nodejs

2.) example project you can find an example node js project on

3.) creating our first job in jenkins

4.) private repositories

ssh-keygen -t rsa -f id_rsa -C "node_example"

5.) add agent node to jenkins we now switch to

user@docker:~$ cat
docker run -it --user root --rm --name agent -p 3001:3001 -p 3002:3002 debian
apt update
apt install nano openjdk-11-jre openssh-server git curl -y
curl -sL | bash -
apt install -y nodejs
service ssh start

adduser jenkins
usermod -p '*' jenkins
su jenkins
ssh-keygen -t rsa
nano ~/.ssh/authorized_keys

6.) deploy node project to jenkins agent over ssh