I've taken over the project where a lot of Jenkins credentials has passwords or passphrase strings which I need to know in order to progress with the project, unfortunately these weren't documented anywhere.

I've checked the credentials.xml file where these credentials are stored, but they're in not plain text, e.g.:


Note: I've changed it slightly for privacy reasons.

How can I decrypt its original password based on the string above?

  • I am getting error with the proposed answer: println(hudson.util.Secret.decrypt("{{xxx/wwww+yyyy/zzzz=}}")) The + symbol is breaking the script. Any suggestion? – Jay Bau Jun 14 '19 at 17:35
  • @JayBau Try with single brackets: "{...}", remove extra once. – kenorb Jun 17 '19 at 11:37
  • This is practically a duplicate of an SO question: stackoverflow.com/questions/37683143 (although technically it would only qualify as a duplicate if the linked question was asked on DevOps). – Attila Csipak Mar 5 '20 at 9:46

Luckily there is a hudson.util.Secret.decrypt() function which can be used for this, so:

  1. In Jenkins, go to: /script page.
  2. Run the following command:




    where {XXX=} is your encrypted password. This will print the plain password.

    To do opposite, run:


Source: gist at tuxfight3r/jenkins-decrypt.groovy.

Alternatively check the following scripts: tweksteen/jenkins-decrypt, menski/jenkins-decrypt.py.

For more details, check: Credentials storage in Jenkins.

  • 1
    +1, for secret files that use SecretBytes class, you can see my answer. – akostadinov Feb 19 '20 at 11:13

Here is a short snippet you can just run from the jenkins script console, to dump all of your credentials to plain text.

  it.properties.each { prop, val ->
    if (prop == "secretBytes") {
      println(prop + "=>\n" + new String(com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.SecretBytes.fromString("${val}").getPlainData()) + "\n")
    } else {
      println(prop + ' = "' + val + '"')

A more complicated version that lists for non-system credential providers:

import com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.CredentialsProvider
import com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.Credentials
import com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.domains.Domain
import jenkins.model.Jenkins
def indent = { String text, int indentationCount ->
  def replacement = "\t" * indentationCount
  text.replaceAll("(?m)^", replacement)

Jenkins.get().allItems().collectMany{ CredentialsProvider.lookupStores(it).toList()}.unique().forEach { store ->
  Map<Domain, List<Credentials>> domainCreds = [:]
  store.domains.each { domainCreds.put(it, store.getCredentials(it))}
  if (domainCreds.collectMany{ it.value}.empty) {
  def shortenedClassName = store.getClass().name.substring(store.getClass().name.lastIndexOf(".") + 1)
  println "Credentials for store context: ${store.contextDisplayName}, of type $shortenedClassName"
  domainCreds.forEach { domain , creds ->
    println indent("Domain: ${domain.name}", 1)
    creds.each { cred ->
      cred.properties.each { prop, val ->
        println indent("$prop = \"$val\"", 2)
      println indent("-----------------------", 2)
  • How to modify this to get credentials from all domains, from all folders ? – jmary Aug 14 '19 at 9:47
  • @jmary I have added another example – Magnus Aug 15 '19 at 0:58
  • Great thanks :-) – jmary Aug 16 '19 at 9:00
  • if you want an even simpler oneliner: com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.SystemCredentialsProvider.getInstance().getCredentials().forEach{println it.dump().replace(' ', '\n')} – ymajoros Jan 17 '20 at 10:36

Based on Magnus' answer but as a simple oneliner with still readable output:

com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.SystemCredentialsProvider.getInstance().getCredentials().forEach{println it.dump().replace(' ', '\n')}

  • 1
    Short and nice! – akostadinov Feb 19 '20 at 11:03

@kenorb example with hudson.util.Secret is good. Also answers listing all credentials are very useful (thanks @ymajoros for one-liner).

These do not handle secret files though where secretBytes are used and still an encrypted string is shown. In such case the SecretBytes class needs to be used. Assuming the file is UTF-8, one can do:

secret = "{....}"
new String(com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.SecretBytes.fromString(secret).getPlainData())



For the record, The following snippet to be pasted into the console also does the job :

def creds = com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.CredentialsProvider.lookupCredentials(

for(c in creds) {
  if(c instanceof com.cloudbees.jenkins.plugins.sshcredentials.impl.BasicSSHUserPrivateKey){
    println(String.format("id=%s  desc=%s key=%s\n", c.id, c.description, c.privateKeySource.getPrivateKeys()))
  if (c instanceof com.cloudbees.plugins.credentials.impl.UsernamePasswordCredentialsImpl){
    println(String.format("id=%s  desc=%s user=%s pass=%s\n", c.id, c.description, c.username, c.password))

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