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How to install Jenkins on Linux

In this Blog, you will learn how to install Jenkins on Linux. On RPM-based distributions, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Fedora or Scientific Linux, you can install Jenkins through yum.
Recent versions are available in a YUM repository. 

Jenkins Installation Steps

Add the Jenkins repository to the yum repos, and install Jenkins from here.

Installation of a stable Jenkins version

There is also a LTS YUM repository for the LTS Release Line
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Installation of Java on Linux

Jenkins requires Java in order to run, yet certain distros don’t include this by default. To install the Open Java Development Kit (OpenJDK) run the following:
Important Note on CentOS Java

Jenkins requires Java in order to run. however, yum install Jenkins does not enforce that java is already installed. Check to make sure that you already have java installed by running java -version. To further make things difficult for CentOS users, the default CentOS version of Java is not compatible with Jenkins. Jenkins typically works best with a Sun implementation of Java, which is not included in CentOS for licensing reasons.
If you get output similar to the following, it means you’re using the default (GCJ) version of Java, which will not work with Jenkins:
If you received the above output, uninstall the default Java: To correct this, you may need to remove the GCJ version of Java and install a Sun-compatible version.

Command to remove Java from Linux

Install Java On LinuxThen after you’ve uninstalled Java (or if you didn’t have Java installed at all to begin with). You need to install a Sun-compatible version of Java. The easiest approach is using OpenJDK, which is available through the EPEL repository (alternatively you may install an official RPM directly from Oracle). To install OpenJDK run the following:

Check Java Version on Linux

Depending on your version of CentOS, the package name for OpenJDK may differ. Use yum search openjdk to check for the name of the package. If OpenJDK is not found at all through yum, you probably need to install the EPEL yum repository. After installation, you should be able to get the following output for java -version:

Command to Start/Stop Jenkins Service on Linux

Note: if you get the following error message, ensure that Java has been installed:
What does this package do?

  • Jenkins will be launched as a daemon on startup. See /etc/init.d/jenkins for more details.
  • The ‘jenkins’ user is created to run this service. If you change this to a different user via the config file, you must change the owner of /var/log/jenkins, /var/lib/jenkins, and /var/cache/jenkins.
  • Log file will be placed in /var/log/jenkins/jenkins.log. Check this file if you are troubleshooting Jenkins.
  • /etc/sysconfig/jenkins will capture configuration parameters for the launch.
  • By default, Jenkins listen on port 8080. Access this port with your browser to start configuration.  Note that the built-in firewall may have to be opened to access this port from other computers.  (See Firewall for instructions how to disable the firewall permanently)
  • A Jenkins RPM repository is added in /etc/yum.repos.d/jenkins.repo

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