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Sniknej is a standalone front-end for Jenkins.


You should consider it pre alpha quality; take everything with a grain of salt and pepper.

No butlers were harmed during the making of Sniknej.

Look! No hands ma'! (a.k.a screenshots)

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Raison d'être (a.k.a why?)

The user interface of Jenkins it is absolutely horrible to the point of causing nausea and headaches after using it for extended periods of times. It is known to cause madness as well, but luckily, I did not experience that first hand.

In all seriousness, Sniknej has been built from the ground-up using the Jenkins REST API in order to act as an easy to use front-end without depending on the internal architecture of Jenkins, thus free from breakage.

The purpose of Sniknej is by no means to replace the administrative part of Jenkins, but rather to wrap its user-facing side, which is what you are going to use 96% of the time.

Getting Started

Sninkej is written in Ruby and therefore it needs an environment that has a Ruby interpreter (at least 1.9.3 and up).

Before it can be deployed a few ENVIRONMENT variables need to be defined.

export SNIKNEJ_JENKINS_USER_ID='user_id'
export SNIKNEJ_JENKINS_API_TOKEN='api_token'

The URI should be self-explanatory and it should point to the root of your Jenkins instance.

The USER_ID and API_TOKEN can be obtained by logging into Jenkins then going to your profile, clicking Configure then Show API Token ....

export SNIKNEJ_AUTH_USER='jenkins'
export SNIKNEJ_AUTH_PASS='sniknej'

Sniknej uses a Basic Authentication challenge as the sole authentication mechanism and these environment variables define the given USER and PASS for it.

If you do not define them, Basic Authentication will be disabled, which isn't recommended unless you have some IP based filtering in place so that the outside world cannot get access to your Sniknej instance.

After the environment variables have been defined it can be launched just like any standard rack application via the good old rackup.


  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Do not bump the version number.
  • Send me a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2014, Mihail Szabolcs

Sniknej is provided as-is under the MIT license. For more information see LICENSE.

The Sniknej logo is a modified version of the original Jenkins logo. You can find out more information about it (including its LICENSE) by visiting the following link.