Jenkins is an open-source automation server that helps automate the parts of software development related to building, testing, and deploying, facilitating continuous integration and continuous delivery. Jenkins is a Java-based program that may be run as a container.
This tool was initially made by Hudson, but was separated into a new tool and made open source. Its extensive community support and contribution have made it one of the most popular open-source CI-CD tools. This has also led to the development of over 1,500 plugins for various integrations with other tools.
Builds are configured through the Jenkins web interface or the pipeline-as-a-code Groovy syntax. This configuration as code may be stored in the SCM such as GitHub or Bitbucket. Settings are stored in the Jenkins file system on the Jenkins master node
Features of Jenkins
- With the enormous number of plugins, it can be set up as a simple CI server and handle CD for complex projects.
- It can be used to connect multiple child nodes, which helps in distributing the workload across platforms.
- Almost any tool can be integrated into Jenkins, owing to the enormous number of plugins available in its update center. Most companies that develop tools themselves also release a plugin.
- Owing to its highly distributed nature and huge plugin support, there are a lot of possibilities for what Jenkins can do.
- Ready packages for all OS flavors are available on the download center. Java is the only prerequisite it requires.
- Has a neat and interactive UI which makes configuring projects easy. There is built-in help for most configurations.
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