Jenkins is an open-source automation server based on Java that automates repetitive technical tasks involved in the continuous integration and delivery of software.
In this tutorial, we will show you how you can install the latest version of Jenkins on your Ubuntu 18.04 system. Let’s get started!
Table of Contents
- 1 Step 1: Install Prerequisites
- 2 Step 2: Retrieve and add the GPG Public Keys
- 3 Step 3: Add the Jenkins Repository to the Sources List
- 4 Step 4: Install Jenkins on Ubuntu
- 5 Step 5: Verify Jenkins Installation
- 6 Step 6: Allow incoming connections into Jenkins
- 7 Step 7: Visit the Jenkins Server on the Browser
- 8 Conclusion
Step 1: Install Prerequisites
Jenkins, being an open-souce Java application, requires OpenJDK 8 installed on your system. We can get OpenJDK 8 directly from the apt repositories.
But before that, as always, update any system-critical packages first.
sudo apt update sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk
This will install OpenJDK 8 on your system. Now that we have our prerequisites ready, we are ready to download the Jenkins package!
Step 2: Retrieve and add the GPG Public Keys
The latest version of jenkins for Debian based systems is available on this repository.
We can install the necessary packages from this link. But before we download anything, we must verify the public GPG key for this package.
We always need to get the public key for that package so that we know that it is valid. We can then download the required data and install the package securely.
So let’s get the GPG public key for Jenkins, which is available at the link:
To download the key, we will use the
wget command from the Terminal.
The downloaded key in my case is called
jenkins.io.key. After the public key is downloaded, add it to the system keys using
sudo apt-key add jenkins.io.key
We will get an OK response as the output, if this command was successful.
Now that we have the necessary requirements and the public key is also added, we can now add the Jenkins repository to our list of sources.
Step 3: Add the Jenkins Repository to the Sources List
We need to add the Jenkins source to our list of sources in the system so that any future updates can occur using that source URL when using
We need to modify
Use any text editor (like nano, vi, etc) and open
/etc/apt/sources.list. I will be using
vi editor to edit the file.
Go to the end of the file, and add this line to ensure that we add the repository source link.
deb http://pkg.jenkins.io/debian-stable binary/
Exit the editor, after saving your changes.
Now, we are ready to update the system and install our package!
Step 4: Install Jenkins on Ubuntu
Now that we have our sources with us, we are ready to install Jenkins!
It’s simple. First, we update our system and other critical packages. Then, we fetch and install the latest version of Jenkins from the source link. The package name is
jenkins, so we shall install that using
sudo apt update sudo apt install jenkins
Now, if there aren’t any errors, we will return to our shell prompt, and our install has completed successfully!
Step 5: Verify Jenkins Installation
If Jenkins was installed correctly, it would have then automatically started a Jenkins daemon process. So, we need to use the
systemctl command and check if the jenkins service has started or not.
sudo systemctl status jenkins
If the command works as expected, then you will see an output similar to mine, indicating that the
jenkins service is active, which means that our installation was indeed successful!
Now, by default, the installation of Jenkins only allows local access to the server. We therefore need to configure the
ufw firewall to allow incoming connections to the port of the Jenkins server.
Step 6: Allow incoming connections into Jenkins
Jenkins, by default, runs on port
8080. We must allow the
ufw firewall access to this port.
sudo ufw allow 8080
To check whether incoming traffic is allowed on port
8080, we can examine the
ufw rules on the corresponding port. using:
sudo ufw status
Your output will look something like this, indicating that incoming connections to
8080 are allowed.
Now, we are now ready to access the server using the IP Address of the Ubuntu host machine remotely.
Step 7: Visit the Jenkins Server on the Browser
To set up your installation, visit Jenkins on its default port,
8080, using your server domain name or IP address.
Simply access it remotely using a web browser on any of your machines (client). Type:
HOST_IP_OR_DOMAIN represents the public IP Address / name of the current Ubuntu machine running Jenkins server.
You will get the below output, indicating that the server is indeed allowing remote access from a non-local client!
To get the password, we need to display the below file on our Ubuntu server:
sudo cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword
Copy the 32-bit password onto the Administrator password field. Now, we are ready to go!
In this tutorial, we saw how we can install and setup Jenkins on Ubuntu 18.04 system to be accessed from any remote client machine in just a few simple steps.