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Kenneth Atria
Kenneth Atria

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Setting up a CI/CD with Jenkins

** What you need ? **

  • Dockerhub and Github Account
  • Server with linux setup. For this case ubuntu
  • Your application is already configured on your test instances
  • This tutorial assumes you have set up a Jenkins file in your project. View reference and make necessary changes

1. Installing Jenkins on your Server

sudo apt update

search of all available packages & pick one from the options
sudo apt search openjdk

For this case I will be using version 11, so
sudo apt install openjdk-11-jdk

Confirm installation with running version check
java -version

Now we are ready to install Jenkins. We start off by appending the Debian package repository address to the server's sources.list

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add - sudo sh -c 'echo deb binary/ > \

We'll run update so that apt will use the new repo
sudo apt-get update

Installing Jenkins
sudo apt-get install jenkins=2.289.3

That's all

2. Setting up your Github and retrieving an API key

Login into your Github, and head over to your developer settings : Profile -> Settings -> Developer settings -> Personal access tokens

Note: I wouldn't consider this optional but it's good practice to set an expiration duration for your token.

Select admin:repo_hook

Screenshot 2021-08-06 at 07.38.06

Lastly set repo: *repo_status*. Jenkins likes to access the repo commit status

Screenshot 2021-08-06 at 07.33.21

Click "Generate token" and save your token somewhere.

3. Setting up Jenkins

3.1 Setting up an Administrator

1.SSH in your Jenkins instance
2.To retrieve your temporary password
sudo "cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword"
3.Visit <your-instance-ip:8080>
4.Paste retrieved password into Jenkins start up page.
5.Go ahead and set up a permanent admin user on Jenkins

3.2 Setting up your Jenkin Projects

1.Log into Jenkins

2.Set up credentials in Jenkins will use to login into servers.
Click Credentials -> click global -> click add credentials and input your instance username: deploy, password :+++++, id: webserver_login

3.Set up docker hub credentials too:
username: username, password :access-token, id: docker_hub_login

4.Set up global properties in Jenkins for staging server
Click "Manage Jenkins" - "Configure System" - "Global properties and select Environment Variables" -> Add
input "name: staging_ip" and "value:staging-ip-address"

5.Set up Jenkins project
Give your project a name -> Select Multibranch pipeline for project type

Under branch sources: click add source -> GitHub
Enter the details and use your GitHub access token as password and Github username as the username, set id e.g "github_key" and description

Select github_key for credentials
Input your GitHub name into owner field
Set repository as intended repo
Go a head and Save

Jenkins will scan your repo and run an initial build

Click Jenkins, In the project - click Master -> Build now

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