We have got test automation in Jenkins, and we would like to execute it at midnight.

But sometimes it fails, and sometimes it passes. Our idea is to execute the daily builds from 1:00 AM until it is green. How we can execute a job until it is green?

For example:

  • Execute job at 1:00
  • Execute job at 2:00 if the previous is green, etc.

We can run it hourly, but how is it possible to insert the condition?

3 Answers 3


This pipeline will run each day at 1 AM. It'll restart if the build fails.

pipeline {
    agent any

    triggers {
        cron('0 1 * * *')

    stages {
        stage ('Build') {
            when {
                expression {
                    // When last build has failed
                    !hudson.model.Result.SUCCESS.equals(currentBuild.rawBuild.getPreviousBuild()?.getResult()) == true

            steps {
                sh "./myjob.sh"

            post {
                failure {
                    // If the current job has failed, trigger it without
                    // waiting.
                    build job: "${JOB_NAME}", wait: false

If you want to wait before to re-trigger the job, you can add the option quietPeriod: (seconds) to the build step (https://jenkins.io/doc/pipeline/steps/pipeline-build-step/).

You might have to add these methods to the scriptApproval:

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First of all, a job should always be green on the first run in my opinion. I know that it can be very difficult, but every issue should be solved. That having said, we have also some jobs that get green after 5 retries. It are selenium tests that are very brittle and we do not get the time to fix them. Once a retry was added the builds are green for a couple of months now:



On failure, retry the entire Pipeline the specified number of times. For
example: options { retry(3) }

I prefer a retry as it will only restart the job if there is a failure over cron as it does not check previous failures.


You can use Naginator plugin in Jenkins to retry the build. This plugin has multiple options.

Step 1: Install the Naginator plugin via the Plugin Manager.

Step 2: In the post-build action of the job, the new option appears as Retry after the build failure

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Step 3: Configure Retry after the build failure action. Example below enter image description here

Step 4: If a job fails, you can identify whether successfully triggered or not it the build history enter image description here


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