In the Jenkins web interface, under Home directory (Dashboard -> Mange Jenkins -> Configure System), the help section says the following:

  • "By default, Jenkins stores all of its data in this directory on the file system", referring to /var/lib/jenkins
  • "Edit the JENKINS_HOME variable in your Jenkins configuration file (e.g. /etc/sysconfig/jenkins on Red Hat Linux)"

However, my etc directory doesn't have a directory called sysconfig.

Running the following command returns a lot of files among which only the following seems relevant:

find ~/ -type f -name "config.xml"

The file contains the following field:


Is this the correct field to edit? If so, which syntax should I follow while entering the desired path?

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This question was already asked and answered on Stack Overflow. I'll copy the top answer here, but there are several other answers over there that you may find useful:

For me on Jenkins 2.7.2 on RHEL 7.2 after already starting jenkins and configuring a build, I needed to:

  1. Change the jenkins user's home directory

    sudo su -
    service jenkins stop
    vi /etc/passwd
    #  change the /var/lib/jenkins to /home/jenkins or whatever 
  2. Change the setting in the start script to also find it

    vi /etc/sysconfig/jenkins
    #   change the JENKINS_HOME to /home/jenkins or what ever
  3. Copy all the data to the new location (eg: /home/jenkins)

    cd /home
    cp -Rf /var/lib/jenkins .
    chown -R jenkins:jenkins *
  4. Start it back up

    service jenkins start

And that seems to have done it for me.


I was having the same problem on a Centos 7.9 system using Jenkins 2.346.2

Sometime around 2.332.1 Jenkins migrated from init.d to system.d, so the previous method of updating the /etc/sysconfig/jenkins (or /etc/default/jenkins) became deprecated.

You now use overrides through: systemctl edit jenkins

Jenkins systemd reference: https://www.jenkins.io/doc/book/system-administration/systemd-services/


The following script can be used to do what you want:

# become root
sudo -i

# stop the jenkins service
systemctl stop jenkins

# create the directory where you want jenkins
mkdir -p /[path to your jenkins instance]

vi /etc/sysconfig/jenkins
# change JENKINS_HOME to /[path to your jenkins instance]

vi /etc/passwd
#  change the default /var/lib/jenkins to /[path to your jenkins instance]

mv -R /var/lib/jenkins /[path to your jenkins instance]

# grant ownership of all the files to jenkins
chown -R jenkins:jenkins .[path to your jenkins instance]

# start jenkins
systemctl start jenkins 

# if you want jenkins to start upon every reboot
systemctl enable jenkins

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