I am looking at getting a newly provisioned Jenkins to run an existing dockerfile which does a gradle build and produces a runtime image which is then to be pushed to our internal docker repository.

I have the following so far:

pipeline {
    agent {
        // https://www.jenkins.io/doc/book/pipeline/docker/#dockerfile
        dockerfile {
            // https://www.jenkins.io/doc/book/pipeline/syntax/#agent-parameters
            additionalBuildArgs  "--build-arg 'GIT_REPO=(git remote -v | head -1)' " +
                    "--build-arg 'JENKINS_BRANCH=$BRANCH_NAME' " +
                    "--build-arg 'JENKINS_BUILD_URL=$BUILD_URL' " +
                    "--build-arg 'GIT_SHA=(git rev-parse HEAD)' " +
                    "--build-arg 'ORG_GRADLE_PROJECT_artifactoryUsername=setnow' " +
                    "--build-arg 'ORG_GRADLE_PROJECT_artifactoryPassword=setnow'"
            registryCredentialsId "svc-artifactory"
            label 'set by us'


and I would like to provide the proper credential to the gradle build inside by setting the ORG_GRADLE_PROJECT_* variables. The credential to be used is "svc-artifactory" for this as well.

How am I to approach this?

(The GIT_* arguments are disabled shell commands I'm coming back to afterwards. Hints appreciated)

1 Answer 1


I would suggest to use Docker secrets with mount command.

RUN --mount=type=secret,id=secret_name myVariable=$(cat /run/secrets/secret_name) && $command

After that use withCredentials function and parse secret ID to a variable.

withCredentials([string(credentialsId: 'jenkinsSecretName', variable: 'mySecretENV')]) {
  docker build -f Dockerfile --secret id=secret_name,env=mySecretENV .

Please be aware that Docker secret is available only on this specific layer where it is defined and you will not be able to access it on another layer later.

  • Thank you. The "RUN --mount" was new to me. I'll have a look. Commented Dec 14, 2022 at 10:16

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