Guy Salton is a technical expert on the whole performance testing ecosystem - load testing tools, monitoring tools, CI tools, Networking and Infrastructure. His expertise is helping with POCs and special technical projects for strategic customers. Guy talks at conferences and meetups around the world, writes blog posts and gives webinars.

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Jan 12 2021

How to Integrate Your GitHub Repository to Your Jenkins Project

This blog post was updated in January 2021.

One of the basic steps of implementing CI/CD is integrating your SCM (Source Control Management) tool with your CI tool. This saves you time and keeps your project updated all the time. One of the most popular and valuable SCM tools is GitHub. In this blog I will explain how to integrate Jenkins with GitHub projects.


The integration presented in this blog post will teach you to:

  • Schedule your build
  • Pull your code and data files from your GitHub repository to your Jenkins machine
  • Automatically trigger each build on the Jenkins server, after each Commit on your Git repository


But first, let’s configure the GitHUb and Jenkins integration. Let's begin with the GitHub side!


Configuring GitHub


Step 1: go to your GitHub repository and click on ‘Settings’.


integrating jenkins and github


Step 2: Click on Webhooks and then click on ‘Add webhook’.


add github to your ci


Step 3: In the ‘Payload URL’ field, paste your Jenkins environment URL. At the end of this URL add /github-webhook/. In the ‘Content type’ select: ‘application/json’ and leave the ‘Secret’ field empty.


jenkins and gihutb integration tutorial


Step 4: In the page ‘Which events would you like to trigger this webhook?’ choose ‘Let me select individual events.’ Then, check ‘Pull Requests’ and ‘Pushes’. At the end of this option, make sure that the ‘Active’ option is checked and click on ‘Add webhook’.


jenkins and github integration guide


configure github for CI integration


We're done with the configuration on GitHub’s side! Now let's move on to Jenkins.


Configuring Jenkins


Step 5: In Jenkins, click on ‘New Item’ to create a new project.


jenkins configuration for github


Step 6: Give your project a name, then choose ‘Freestyle project’ and finally, click on ‘OK’.


jenkins ci, github scm


Step 7: Click on the ‘Source Code Management’ tab.


adding your scm to continuous integration


Step 8: Click on Git and paste your GitHub repository URL in the ‘Repository URL’ field.


GitHub and Jenkins combination


Step 9: Click on the ‘Build Triggers’ tab and then on the ‘GitHub hook trigger for GITScm polling’. Or, choose the trigger of your choice.


triggering builds in jenkins


That's it! Your GitHub repository is integrated with your Jenkins project. You can now use any of the files found in the GitHub repository and trigger the Jenkins job to run with every code commit.


For example, I will show you how to run a Taurus script that I uploaded to my GitHub repository from my Jenkins project.


Triggering the Jenkins Job to Run with Every Code Commit


Step 10: Click on the ‘Build’ tab, then click on ‘Add build step’ and choose ‘Execute shell’.


code commit, jenkins


Step 11: To run a Taurus test, simply use the ‘bzt’ command, followed by the name of your YML file and click on ‘Save’.


run taurus in jenkins


Step 12: Go back to your GitHub repository, edit the Taurus script and commit the changes. We will now see how Jenkins ran the script after the commit.


run jenkins script after commit


Step 13: Go back to your Jenkins project and you'll see that a new job was triggered automatically from the commit we made at the previous step. Click on the little arrow next to the job and choose ‘Console Output’.


jenkins project with github


Step 14: You can see that Jenkins was able to pull the Taurus script and run it!


pull a script from github and run it


Congratulations! Every time you publish your changes to Github, GitHub will trigger your new Jenkins job.


Once the GitHub plugin is fully installed and integrated into your Jenkins project, you have completed a very crucial step towards the full CI process. Now, you can proceed to the testing phase. To complete the full CI process, integrate your load testing into your CI tool. For more details about how to do this with Taurus, an open source automation tool, see here.

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