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Evergreen is an automatically updating rolling distribution system for Jenkins It consists of server-side, and client-side components to support a Chrome-like upgrade experience for Jenkins users.

Jenkins Evergreen provides the end-user with a pre-assembled collection of legos that can be immediately used to implement CI [1] and CD [2] workloads. At the same time, this focus on end-users success in these well-defined scenarios will help the Jenkins project develop new features, and fix bugs, more rapidly than before.

Getting Started

Evergreen is currently in alpha and is not recommended for production just yet.

Getting started with a Docker-based installation

The easiest way to get started with Jenkins Evergreen is to use the Docker image which has already been auto-configured for running workloads on Docker itself. When jenkins/evergreen:docker-cloud is launched, it will automatically download the latest version of Jenkins and the most essential plugins and automatically configure some basic authentication, Docker settings and Jenkins Pipeline.

In the example below, Jenkins Evergreen will be made available on port 8080 and persist its data in $PWD/jenkins-home, allowing the container to be restarted if necessary.

Starting Jenkins Evergreen
docker volume create jenkins-evergreen-data && \
docker pull jenkins/evergreen:docker-cloud && \
docker run --name evergreen \
    --restart=always \
    -ti \
    -p 8080:80 \
    -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock \
    -v jenkins-evergreen-data:/evergreen/data/ \
    -e LOG_LEVEL=debug \

Fetching the administrator password

Once Jenkins has been configured and run, you will need to fetch the dynamically generated administrator password in order to log in.

docker exec evergreen cat /evergreen/data/jenkins/home/secrets/initialAdminPassword

Getting started with an AWS-based installation


This documentation is coming soon.


Jenkins Evergreen is currently pre-release software, with a few upcoming milestones of development.

Milestone One

The first milestone of Jenkins Evergreen is to provide the first full-update-cycle of the Evergreen distribution mechanism. Like the first wire stretched across suspension bridges the goal of Milestone One is to build the tooling necessary to deliver the "bigger parts" of Jenkins Evergreen.

The bare minimum components to support subsequent continuously delivered milestones as:

  • Packaged Jenkins + evergreen-client inside of a Docker container.

  • Safe upgrade system implemented for Jenkins Evergreen to tolerate Deployment failures.

  • Minimum Evergreen backend services necessary to coordinate new upgrades for connected Jenkins Evergreen Instances, including:

    • Capturing basic error telemetry to determine whether a new Deployment was successful.

    • Maintaining long-lived connections with Instances

    • Storing "Status" information for connected Instances.

  • Basic demonstration of pre-configuration of Jenkins Evergreen with "automatically sane defaults"

  • Development workflow for identifying and managing new "versions" of Jenkins Evergreen for Deployment.

Milestone Two

Currently unplanned

The second milestone for Jenkins Evergreen is much more focused on the end-user experience while exercising the continuous delivery process built out in Milestone One.


Currently unplanned

Public Release

Currently unplanned


The model applied with the Evergreen distribution system is one similar to "deploying" Software-as-a-Service, without having a centralized "production" environment. When documentation refers to a "Deployment", that entails a new "Upgrade" of Jenkins Evergreen being made available in the Evergreen hosted service layer, and the backend orchestration necessary to ping connected Instances to initiate their local upgrade process.

A Deployment is then considered successful when all connected Jenkins Evergreen Instances are running that new version of Jenkins Evergreen.

The Four Opens

Inspired by the Openstack project [3] Jenkins Evergreen follows "The Four Opens":

Open Source

We do not produce “open core” software.

We are committed to creating truly open source software that is usable and scalable. Truly open source software is not feature or performance limited and is not crippled.

We use the MIT license.

Open Design

We are committed to an open design process. The development cycle requires active collaboration to gather requirements and write specifications for upcoming releases. Those events, which are open to anyone, include users, developers, and upstream projects. We gather requirements, define priorities and flesh out technical design to guide development for the next development cycle.

The community controls the design process. You can help make this software meet your needs.

Open Development

We maintain a publicly available source code repository through the entire development process. We do public code reviews. We have public roadmaps. This makes participation simpler, allows users to follow the development process and participate in QA at an early stage.

Open Community

One of our core goals is to maintain a healthy, vibrant developer and user community. Most decisions are made using a lazy consensus model. All processes are documented, open and transparent.

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