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Jenkins for Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

Written on January 24, 2024 by Developer Dennis.

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Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines have become essential for automating software delivery, and Jenkins stands out as one of the most popular and powerful tools for building these pipelines. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up Jenkins to kickstart your CI/CD journey.

What is CI/CD?

CI/CD, which stands for Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment, is a software development practice that automates the process of integrating code changes into a shared repository, testing it, and then deploying it to production. This practice ensures that software is always in a deployable state and minimizes the risk of bugs or issues reaching the end-users.

Why is Jenkins Important?

Jenkins is an open-source automation server that has gained immense popularity due to its flexibility, extensibility, and vast ecosystem of plugins. With Jenkins, you can automate tasks such as building, testing, and deploying your applications, allowing your development team to focus on writing code rather than managing complex deployment processes.

Setting Up Jenkins

Before diving into Jenkins setup, you need to ensure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • Server Environment: Have access to a server or cloud instance where Jenkins will be installed.

  • Java: Jenkins is a Java-based application, so make sure you have Java installed on your server.

  • A Version Control System (VCS): You should have a version-controlled repository (e.g., Git) to store your application code.

Jenkins Configuration

  • Global Tool Configuration: Set up tools like Git, Maven, or Docker in the global configuration so Jenkins jobs can use them.

  • Configure Security: Define security settings to control user access, authentication, and authorization.

  • Create a Jenkins Job: Start by creating a basic Jenkins job. A job represents a task in Jenkins, such as building a project.

  • Source Code Management: Configure your job to pull source code from your version control system (e.g., Git).

  • Build Triggers: Specify the triggers that will initiate the job (e.g., polling the VCS for changes or triggering the job manually).

  • Build Steps: Define the build steps, which may include compiling code, running tests, and creating artifacts.

  • Post-Build Actions: Configure actions to be taken after the build, such as archiving artifacts or sending notifications.

Running Your First Jenkins Job

With your Jenkins job configured, you’re ready to run your first build. This build will compile your code and execute the defined steps. Jenkins will provide detailed logs, making it easy to identify any issues in the process.

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