Phi Nguyen is a QA engineer with 11+ years of experience . His areas of experience include manual testing, automation testing, acceptance testing, regression testing, database testing, API testing and web/mobile apps testing. He currently works full time as a freelancer.

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Jul 25 2018

How to Install Jenkins with a WAR File

Open source Jenkins is a popular tool for test automation and for implementing shifting left through continuous integration and continuous deployment. Followed by 2 blogs introducing how to install Jenkins on Windows (click here) and on Ubuntu (click here), a third way is to install Jenkins with a WAR (Web application ARchive) file version of Jenkins. This option can be used on any Java-supporting platform or OS.


First, install JDK. Jenkins supports Java 8. If you don’t know how to install Java, look at this blog. Now that Java is installed, we can proceed with Jenkins.


Installing Jenkins


1. Click here to download latest Jenkins WAR file.


2. Copy the jenkins.war file to the folder you want. I created a folder named Jenkins in the path C:\Program Files (x86) and copied the jenkins.war file to it.


installing jenkins with war


3. Open the command prompt window and browse to the directory where the jenkins.war file is present, through the command cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Jenkins.


jenkins war installation


4. Run the command java -jar jenkins.war


jenkins installation tutorial


5. Wait until the process completes.


jenkins installation guide


6. Take a look at the line “INFO: Jenkins is fully up and running” that indicates that Jenkins is running. Write down the random password that is auto generated. We will use this password for the initial login later.


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7. Paste the URL http://localhost:8080 in your browser to browse to the Jenkins page.


jenkins configuration


8. To unlock Jenkins, paste the random password that you wrote down in the previous step or copy it from the the user account folder, from the file C:\Users\<your_user_account_folder_name>\.jenkins\secrets\initialAdminPassword. Paste it in the Administrator password field and click on the “Continue” button.


setting up jenkins


9. Install the suggested plugins or customize plugins installation according to your needs. We will install the default suggested plugins.


getting started with jenkins


10. Wait for the plugins to complete the installation.


jenkins plugin installation


11. Create an admin user and click “Save and Continue”.


jenkins, admin user creation


12. Click “Save and Finish” to complete the process.


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13. Finally! Click “Start using Jenkins” to start Jenkins.


start using jenkins


14. Here is the default Jenkins page. You can create your first job!


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Great! Everything is ready! You can start creating your workflows. To learn how to use Jenkins, check out these resources:


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