If I have a jenkins docker image:

FROM jenkins/jenkins:lts

is there a way to pre-install certain plugins using the Docker image, for example all the bitbucket plugins:

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I assume we'd probably have to unpack some tars to the filesystem somewhere like so:

 FROM jenkins/jenkins:lts

 USER root

 WORKDIR /jenkins/main/dir

 RUN tar -xvf some-jenkins-plugins.tar
  • Are you looking to install them locally, over the web, or from either?
    – Preston Martin
    May 6, 2019 at 21:43
  • Either way, preferably through the web tho May 6, 2019 at 22:48

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This seems to be the right idea: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/29328278/installing-jenkins-plugins-to-docker-jenkins/29328489#29328489

so in the Dockerfile you'd just use:

COPY plugins.txt /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt
RUN /usr/local/bin/install-plugins.sh < /usr/share/jenkins/plugins.txt

I tried it and it worked for me.

  • You can also have the plugins in the RUN command, separated by spaces: RUN /usr/local/bin/install-plugins.sh plugin-1 plugin-2 plugin-N May 22, 2019 at 22:56

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