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Official Jenkins Docker image
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Supported tags and respective Dockerfile links

For more information about this image and its history, please see the relevant manifest file (library/jenkins). This image is updated via pull requests to the docker-library/official-images GitHub repo.

For detailed information about the virtual/transfer sizes and individual layers of each of the above supported tags, please see the repos/jenkins/ file in the docker-library/repo-info GitHub repo.


The Jenkins Continuous Integration and Delivery server.

This is a fully functional Jenkins server, based on the Long Term Support release

For weekly releases check out jenkinsci/jenkins

How to use this image

docker run -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 jenkins

This will store the workspace in /var/jenkins_home. All Jenkins data lives in there - including plugins and configuration. You will probably want to make that a persistent volume (recommended):

docker run -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 -v /your/home:/var/jenkins_home jenkins

This will store the jenkins data in /your/home on the host. Ensure that /your/home is accessible by the jenkins user in container (jenkins user - uid 1000) or use -u some_other_user parameter with docker run.

You can also use a volume container:

docker run --name myjenkins -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 -v /var/jenkins_home jenkins

Then myjenkins container has the volume (please do read about docker volume handling to find out more).

Backing up data

If you bind mount in a volume - you can simply back up that directory (which is jenkins_home) at any time.

This is highly recommended. Treat the jenkins_home directory as you would a database - in Docker you would generally put a database on a volume.

If your volume is inside a container - you can use docker cp $ID:/var/jenkins_home command to extract the data, or other options to find where the volume data is. Note that some symlinks on some OSes may be converted to copies (this can confuse jenkins with lastStableBuild links etc)

For more info check Docker docs section on Managing data in containers

Setting the number of executors

You can specify and set the number of executors of your Jenkins master instance using a groovy script. By default its set to 2 executors, but you can extend the image and change it to your desired number of executors :


import jenkins.model.*

and Dockerfile

FROM jenkins
COPY executors.groovy /usr/share/jenkins/ref/init.groovy.d/executors.groovy

Attaching build executors

You can run builds on the master (out of the box) but if you want to attach build slave servers: make sure you map the port: -p 50000:50000 - which will be used when you connect a slave agent.

Passing JVM parameters

You might need to customize the JVM running Jenkins, typically to pass system properties or tweak heap memory settings. Use JAVA_OPTS environment variable for this purpose :

docker run --name myjenkins -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 --env JAVA_OPTS=-Dhudson.footerURL= jenkins

Configuring logging

Jenkins logging can be configured through a properties file and java.util.logging.config.file Java property. For example:

mkdir data
cat > data/ <<EOF
docker run --name myjenkins -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 --env JAVA_OPTS="-Djava.util.logging.config.file=/var/jenkins_home/" -v `pwd`/data:/var/jenkins_home jenkins

Passing Jenkins launcher parameters

Arguments you pass to docker running the jenkins image are passed to jenkins launcher, so you can run for example :

$ docker run jenkins --version

This will dump Jenkins version, just like when you run jenkins as an executable war.

You also can define jenkins arguments as JENKINS_OPTS. This is useful to define a set of arguments to pass to jenkins launcher as you define a derived jenkins image based on the official one with some customized settings. The following sample Dockerfile uses this option to force use of HTTPS with a certificate included in the image

FROM jenkins:1.565.3

COPY https.pem /var/lib/jenkins/cert
COPY https.key /var/lib/jenkins/pk
ENV JENKINS_OPTS --httpPort=-1 --httpsPort=8083 --httpsCertificate=/var/lib/jenkins/cert --httpsPrivateKey=/var/lib/jenkins/pk

You can also change the default slave agent port for jenkins by defining JENKINS_SLAVE_AGENT_PORT in a sample Dockerfile.

FROM jenkins:1.565.3

or as a parameter to docker,

$ docker run --name myjenkins -p 8080:8080 -p 50001:50001 --env JENKINS_SLAVE_AGENT_PORT=50001 jenkins

Installing more tools

You can run your container as root - and install via apt-get, install as part of build steps via jenkins tool installers, or you can create your own Dockerfile to customise, for example:

FROM jenkins
# if we want to install via apt
USER root
RUN apt-get update && apt-get install -y ruby make more-thing-here
USER jenkins # drop back to the regular jenkins user - good practice

In such a derived image, you can customize your jenkins instance with hook scripts or additional plugins. For this purpose, use /usr/share/jenkins/ref as a place to define the default JENKINS_HOME content you wish the target installation to look like :

FROM jenkins
COPY plugins.txt /usr/share/jenkins/ref/
COPY custom.groovy /usr/share/jenkins/ref/init.groovy.d/custom.groovy
RUN /usr/local/bin/ /usr/share/jenkins/ref/plugins.txt

When jenkins container starts, it will check JENKINS_HOME has this reference content, and copy them there if required. It will not override such files, so if you upgraded some plugins from UI they won't be reverted on next start.

Also see JENKINS-24986

For your convenience, you also can use a plain text file to define plugins to be installed (using core-support plugin format). All plugins need to be listed as there is no transitive dependency resolution.


And in derived Dockerfile just invoke the utility script

FROM jenkins
COPY plugins.txt /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt
RUN /usr/local/bin/ /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt


All the data needed is in the /var/jenkins_home directory - so depending on how you manage that - depends on how you upgrade. Generally - you can copy it out - and then "docker pull" the image again - and you will have the latest LTS - you can then start up with -v pointing to that data (/var/jenkins_home) and everything will be as you left it.

As always - please ensure that you know how to drive docker - especially volume handling!

Image Variants

The jenkins images come in many flavors, each designed for a specific use case.


This is the defacto image. If you are unsure about what your needs are, you probably want to use this one. It is designed to be used both as a throw away container (mount your source code and start the container to start your app), as well as the base to build other images off of.


This image is based on the popular Alpine Linux project, available in the alpine official image. Alpine Linux is much smaller than most distribution base images (~5MB), and thus leads to much slimmer images in general.

This variant is highly recommended when final image size being as small as possible is desired. The main caveat to note is that it does use musl libc instead of glibc and friends, so certain software might run into issues depending on the depth of their libc requirements. However, most software doesn't have an issue with this, so this variant is usually a very safe choice. See this Hacker News comment thread for more discussion of the issues that might arise and some pro/con comparisons of using Alpine-based images.

To minimize image size, it's uncommon for additional related tools (such as git or bash) to be included in Alpine-based images. Using this image as a base, add the things you need in your own Dockerfile (see the alpine image description for examples of how to install packages if you are unfamiliar).

Supported Docker versions

This image is officially supported on Docker version 17.03.1-ce.

Support for older versions (down to 1.6) is provided on a best-effort basis.

Please see the Docker installation documentation for details on how to upgrade your Docker daemon.

User Feedback


If you have any problems with or questions about this image, please contact us through a GitHub issue. If the issue is related to a CVE, please check for a cve-tracker issue on the official-images repository first.

You can also reach many of the official image maintainers via the #docker-library IRC channel on Freenode.


You are invited to contribute new features, fixes, or updates, large or small; we are always thrilled to receive pull requests, and do our best to process them as fast as we can.

Before you start to code, we recommend discussing your plans through a GitHub issue, especially for more ambitious contributions. This gives other contributors a chance to point you in the right direction, give you feedback on your design, and help you find out if someone else is working on the same thing.


Documentation for this image is stored in the jenkins/ directory of the docker-library/docs GitHub repo. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the repository's file before attempting a pull request.

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Comments (109)
8 days ago

Does this dockerized version include the Cloudbees Docker Pipeline plugin (docker-workflow)? I can't seem to find it when searching for it.

8 days ago

Hi b1rdstar,

u can also use the non-plugins.txt-approach:

RUN /usr/local/bin/ jquery:1.11.2-0

20 days ago

Hello b1rdstar,

Replace 'jQuery:1.11.2' into plugins.txt by 'jquery:1.11.2-0'

I think it will be ok

20 days ago

FROM jenkins
COPY plugins.txt /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt
RUN /usr/local/bin/ /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt


sudo docker build -t jenkins_with_plugins .

meet error

Sending build context to Docker daemon 3.072 kB
Step 1/3 : FROM jenkins
---> 8d383af9763f
Step 2/3 : COPY plugins.txt /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt
---> Using cache
---> 2daef1bf15e9
Step 3/3 : RUN /usr/local/bin/ /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt
---> Running in 9c8a94acdd05
Creating initial locks...
mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/usr/share/jenkins/ref/plugins//usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt.lock’: No such file or directory
The command '/bin/sh -c /usr/local/bin/ /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt' returned a non-zero code: 1

How do I fix this error?

2 months ago

is it possible to add ".ssh/id_rsa" into /var/jenkins_home/.ssh without another build ?

i did it by

FROM jenkins
COPY .ssh/id_rsa /var/jenkins_home/.ssh/id_rsa.

is there any better way like
docker run --env SSH_PRIVATE_KEY="-----BEGIN RSA PRIVATE KE**" -v pwd/data:/var/jenkins_home jenkins

2 months ago

wroks like a charm, best jenkins image to deploy into kubernetes.
thanks team.

3 months ago

Hello I'm pretty new to docker, I'm wondering how to access/generate the ssh key for salves to connect?

3 months ago

Does the "jenkins" image have the provision to set the password when run? With Kubernetes cluster manager each Pod has a different password for Jenkins. As the load balancer routes traffic between different Pods and the password being different the load balancer uri is not able to login to Jenkins Dashboard.

3 months ago

I got my deployment pipeline ready using this image. However, I want to add acceptance testing to my PHP project. This means I have to add a URL to my configuration, so my testing framework knows where to execute the acceptance test. How can I achieve this? I got told to add a HTTP daemon. Do I install Nginx (or something alike) inside the container and let Jenkins checkout the project in the Nginx folder? Is there more documentation I can find about this.

3 months ago

Did anyone managed to run 'docker build and publish' plugin inside a dockerized jenkins ?
Even if I set jenkins docker as privileged I still can't achieve that.