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How to Install Jenkins Automation Server on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS


Finding automation solutions that work when faced with repetitious technical activities can be a challenge. You can quickly handle tasks from building to delivering software with Jenkins, an open-source automation server. Jenkins is a Java-based application that may be installed using Ubuntu packages or by downloading and executing a web application archive (WAR) file, which is a collection of files that make up a complete web application that can be executed on a server. To get you started exploring what Jenkins can do, In this article, you will learn how to install Jenkins on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, start the automation server, and create an administrative user. In the end, you’ll have a development-level server ready for use for your CI/CD automation tasks. Here are some guides you may be interested in: How to use AWS CodeCommit, how to install, register, and start GitLab Runner on Windows, and how to clone a repository and install software from GitHub on Windows.


To get along with this guide, you will need:

  • An installed version of the Ubuntu 20.04 configured with a non-root Sudo user and firewall by following the Ubuntu OS install on Oracle VirtualBox Set-Up guide. The hardware recommendation is that you have at least 1 GB of RAM installed. You can visit Jenkins’s “Hardware Recommendations” for guidance in planning the capacity of a production-level Jenkins installation.
  • Oracle JDK 11 installed, which will be our first step in this guide.

Oracle JDK 11 Installation on Ubuntu 20.04 

Ubuntu launched Focal Fossa, the latest LTS version of the popular Linux distribution, in April of 2020. As a result, DevOps engineers interested in using the latest Ubuntu features in their CI builds should undertake an Ubuntu 20.04 Jenkins installation, which is the subject of this post.

The most convenient way to install Java is to use the version that comes with Ubuntu. Open JDK 11, an open-source variation of the JRE and JDK, is included by default in Ubuntu 20.04.

To install this version, first, make sure the package index is up to date:

sudo apt update

Next, check if Java is already installed:

java –version


Openjdk not found

The output above shows that we’ve not installed Java yet.

To install the default Java Runtime Environment (JRE), run the following command, which will install the JRE from OpenJDK 11:

sudo apt install default-jre

The JRE will allow you to run almost all Java software.

Verify the installation with:

java --version 
Openjdk 11.0.14

Some Java-based software may require the Java Development Kit (JDK) in addition to the JRE to compile and run. Execute the following command to install the JDK, which will also install the JRE:

sudo apt install default-jdk

Check the version of javac, the Java compiler, to see if the JDK is installed:

javac --version

You’ll see the following screenshot display as output:

javac current version

Step 1 — Installing Jenkins

The version of Jenkins provided with the default Ubuntu packages is often outdated compared to the most recent version released by the project. Install Jenkins using the project-maintained packages to ensure you have the most recent fixes and features.

To begin, enter the repository key into the system:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
Add Repository

The system will respond with OK once the key has been inserted. Next, update the server’s sources. list with the Debian package repository address:

sudo sh -c 'echo deb binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list'

After we’ve typed both commands as stated above, we’ll run the update to force apt to use the new repository.

sudo apt update

Finally, Jenkins and its dependencies will be installed. Run: 

sudo apt install jenkins
Install Jenkins

We’ll start the Jenkins server now that Jenkins and its dependencies are installed.

Step 2 — Starting Jenkins

Let’s start Jenkins by using systemctl:

sudo systemctl start jenkins

We’ll use the status command to verify that Jenkins launched correctly because systemctl doesn’t display status output:

sudo systemctl status jenkins.service

If everything went fine, the service should be active and configured to start upon boot, as seen at the top of the status output:

Check Jenkins Service

Now that Jenkins is up and running, we can finish the initial setup by adjusting our firewall rules so that we can access it from a web browser.

Step 3 — Opening the Firewall

Jenkins operates on port 8080 by default. We’ll use ufw command to open that port, run:

sudo ufw allow 8080
Firewall Rules Updated
Note that if the firewall is turned off, the the below command will allow and turn it on:
sudo ufw enable
UFW Enabled

Next, check the firewall status to verify the new rules. Run:

sudo ufw status

You’ll observe that traffic to port 8080 can come from anywhere as shown on the screenshot below:

UFW Status

It’s time to go into Jenkins setup now that Jenkins is installed and the firewall is configured.

Step 4 — Setting Up Jenkins

Visit Jenkins on its default port, 8080, using your server domain name or IP address to start up your installation: http://your server IP or domain:8080

To check your IP, run: hostname -i
The Unlock Jenkins screen should appear, displaying the location of the original password:

Unlock Jenkins Page

Use the cat command to display the password in the terminal window:

sudo cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword

Click Continue after copying the 32-character alphanumeric password from the terminal and pasting it into the Administrator password field as shown in the above screenshot.

The next screen gives you the choice to install recommended plugins or to select particular plugins:

Customize Jenkins

We’ll select Install suggested plugins, which will start the installation process right away.

Jenkins Plugins Installation

You’ll be requested to create the first administrative user after the installation is complete. It’s possible to skip this step and continue as admin with the same password as before, but we’ll spend a few moments creating the user.

Fill up your user’s name and password:

Add Jenkins Admin User

You’ll be taken to an Instance Configuration page, where you’ll be asked to confirm your Jenkins instance’s chosen URL. Confirm either the domain name or the IP address of your server:

Instance Configuration

After you’ve double-checked the information, click Save and Finish. A confirmation page will appear, stating that “Jenkins is Ready!“:

Jenkins is Ready

To access the main Jenkins dashboard, click Start using Jenkins:

Main Jenkins Dashboard

You’ve now completed a Jenkins installation successfully. Congratulations!!

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