How to Install Jenkins using Docker


Tip: I have installed a virtual machine using the image: “ubuntu-18.04.2-live-server-amd64”.

You can download it from

Jenkins Docker image:

Docker has a lot of images ready to use. For example, if you search on Google “docker jenkins image”:

You will find the official Docker website to download Jenkins image:

And you can see the instruction to deploy the image in your Docker environment (:lts for latest version):

docker pull jenkins/jenkins:lts

This is only an example to understand how Docker images work.

Deploy Jenkins Docker image:

These are the commands to deploy a Jenkins image and run it as a container:

# Deploy Jenkins image
robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker pull jenkins/jenkins:lts

# List current images
robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker images

# Run a container using Jenkins image.
# Note: this will automatically create a 'jenkins_home' docker volume on the host machine, that will survive the container stop/restart/deletion.
robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker run -d --name=jenkins_master -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 -v jenkins_home:/var/jenkins_home jenkins/jenkins:lts

To see if your container is running you can execute the following:

robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker ps

Jenkins Web Access:

URL to access Jenkins:

Tip: The IP of my Ubuntu virtual machine is

The first time you try to access to Jenkins web console, for security reasons you have to enter the password. That password was generated automatically during the installation.

To get the default password of your Jenkins installation, just execute the following command:

robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker exec Jenkins-Master cat /var/jenkins_home/secrets/initialAdminPassword


And you can see now the welcome screen:

You can click now on Install suggested plugins to complete the installation or just click Select plugins to install manually.

Create your admin user:

Choose your Jenkins URL:

And now Jenkins is ready!

Tip: to run docker commands directly with your user instead using “sudo docker” you can execute the following command to add your user to docker group:

robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo usermod -aG docker robermb

# It's necessary to logout and login again with our user to apply the changes over the group:
robermb@ubuntu:~$ logout

Update Jenkins (Docker)

Note: If you used an old or deprecated image version (e.g.: jenkins instead jenkins/jenkins), or you just have an old version of Jenkins you will need to update your Jenkins installation manually, following these steps:

These errors happened to me after the installation of an old image of Jenkins like version 2.60.3. To fix that is necessary to update Jenkins to 2.164.3 version.


Message: “New version of Jenkins (2.164.3) is available for download (changelog)”

  • Log in into jenkins container:
# using host's root with -u 0
robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker container exec -u 0 -it Jenkins-Master bash
  • Download the update file, using the link you copied before:
root@81a46bda1d81:/# wget
  • Move it to the correct place:
root@81a46bda1d81:/# mv ./jenkins.war /usr/share/jenkins
  • Change file permission:
root@81a46bda1d81:/# chown jenkins:jenkins /usr/share/jenkins/jenkins.war
  • Exit container (inside of your container):
root@81a46bda1d81:/# exit
  • Restart the container (from your Ubuntu server):
robermb@ubuntu:~$ sudo docker container restart Jenkins-Master

Now I’m only have some warnings but the errors have been fixed.

To fix that:

  • Jenkins root url problem:

Go to Manage Jenkins -> Configure System -> Jenkins Location and complete the field “System Admin e-mail address” with your email.

  • More Plugins problems:

Go to Manage Jenkins -> Plugin Manager and click on Download now and install after reboot.

  • And now I only have a warning says “There are users who are still using a legacy API token….”:

Some interesting documentation:


This article was written by RoberMB

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