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Jenkinsfile - making the easy things easy

This plugin aims to build out a DSL for Jenkinfile (pipeline as code) to make the easy things easy, without taking away any of the power of Jenkins Pipeline for when you really need it.

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This example runs a very simple build with some environment variables. This would work with pipeline-as-code and branch source.

This should be familiar and declarative-ish looking to anyone familiar with tools like .travis.yml, however, it is implemented as a pipeline DSL (so you can do all the other powerful pipeline things).

simpleBuild {
    env = [
        FOO : 42,
        BAR : "YASS"

    before_script = "echo before"
    script = 'echo after $FOO'
    notifications = [
        email : ""    

It will do the right thing, and send emails when things break.

Optional things: You can specify a machine label, and/or a docker image to run builds under:

machine = "hi-speed"
docker_image = "java:1.9"

See src/main/resources for the actual DSL used for the details.

To play with this:

mvn hpi:run

or build and install it to your Jenkins (it is just a plugin). You can also commit the simpleBuild.groovy to the Jenkins workflowLibs repo (if you know what I mean, if not... then ignore me!).

Secondary aim

The secondary aim of this plugin is to show how plain pipeline-script can be used easily to make a plugin to allow you to share the DSL. The only code you need to care about is the src/main/resources/dslsimpleBuild.groovy and - that is all.


  • More scenario tests of the permutations
  • Use named stages (?) if it makes sense.
  • Support all the same _script semantics as (eg after_failure, after_success etc to happen on the appropriate events and around error handling).
  • Allow execution of all script entries even if one fails (?)
  • Time out individual script entries.
  • Add in simple matrix (a la travis)
  • Add in branch inclusions/exclusions (what branches to run on or not)
  • Allow parallel scripts (across nodes?? or a whole block of parallel?)
  • Implement auto-generation of script and friends for (some) languages? Debatable whether to do this.
  • Decide whether to keep emulating Travis's behavior of ignore after_* steps' failures when setting build status.
  • allow block for simple user input
  • More notification types (slack, for example)
  • Change email to only be on failure or return to health (convention, Yo).
  • Retries of scripts if specified
  • May need to configure docker to work under a node() block...
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