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Backstage Jenkins Plugin

Build, test, and deploy on Jenkins CI/CD platform.

Created by @timja

Available on Roadie

Jenkins is an open source automation server to build, test, and deploy software. It lets you execute a series of actions to build a continuous integration pipeline. Jenkins is well known for its extensive set of plugins.

The Jenkins Backstage plugin brings builds data associated with your services to your Developer Portal. The plugin can pull build information from a GitHub Organization project in Jenkins. Other Jenkins project types like Freestyle project and Pipeline are not supported yet. In this guide you'll find:

See the Jenkins Backstage plugin in action

A screenshot of the Jenkins plugin.

Installation steps

Install the plugin.

cd packages/app
yarn add @backstage/plugin-jenkins

Add the plugin API to your Backstage app.

// packages/app/src/components/catalog/EntityPage.tsx
import { EntityJenkinsContent } from '@backstage/plugin-jenkins';

// add new Jenkins tab to the service component page
const serviceEntityPage = (
    <EntityLayout.Route path="/jenkins" title="Jenkins">
      <EntityJenkinsContent />

Add proxy configuration to your Backstage app's config. A Jenkins API token is required. See how to get a Jenkins API token below.

// app-config.yaml
    target: 'http://localhost:8080'
    changeOrigin: true
      Authorization: Basic ${JENKINS_BASIC_AUTH_HEADER}

Add Jenkins plugin annotation to your component's config. ()

// catalog-info.yaml
    # instanceName and github-organization-project-name are optional. The value is a string and should be enclosed in double quotes "" "instanceName:github-organization-project-name/job-name"

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How to get a Jenkins API token

Your Backstage app’s backend connects to your Jenkins server using the Jenkins API. A Jenkins API token is required. This token can be obtained from a system environment variable (ex. JENKINS_BASIC_AUTH_HEADER) containing a base64 encoded string.

  1. Access the settings page of the Jenkins user for which you want to create an API token. For example, for a user named “admin” on a local Jenkins server: http://localhost:8080/user/admin/.

  2. Add a new token under the ‘API Token’ section. Copy the token before leaving the page.

  3. Construct a base64 encoded basic authorization string using your Jenkins user’s name and the API token. For example, in a Bash shell:

    echo -n admin:1147f3bd451f3c48b8f21fd3aba13e58eb | base64
  4. Save the base64 encoded string to an environment variable named JENKINS_BASIC_AUTH_HEADER. This variable can be used in the Jenkins proxy configuration in your Backstage app’s app-config.yaml.

Setting up a local Jenkins environment

If you want to try out this plugin but you don’t have a Jenkins server to test it with, you can quickly setup a local Jenkins server with docker. See the instructions available in the official Jenkins Docker GitHub repo.

Supported types of Jenkins projects

The plugin can pull build information from a GitHub Organization project in Jenkins. Other Jenkins project types like Freestyle project and Pipeline are not supported yet.

Jenkins menu to create new items

The plugin shows a list of the most recent builds in Backstage. This list includes builds from all projects that are available in the GitHub Organization project in Jenkins.

Jenkins and Backstage side-by-side

View additional build information by selecting a build from the list.

Backstage Jenkins job details

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