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Jujube is a Ruby front-end for jenkins-job-builder.

jenkins-job-builder allows you to specify Jenkins jobs in YAML and then creates or updates the jobs in a running Jenkins instance. It provides some tools for removing duplication from job definitions, but sometimes more abstraction capability is needed. Jujube provides that capability.

Using Jujube, you can specify Jenkins jobs using a Ruby DSL (domain-specific language). Jujube then generates the YAML input needed by jenkins-job-builder. Jujube also makes it easy to define methods that act as job templates or pre-configured components.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'jujube'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install jujube

Usage Instructions

Running Jujube

To run Jujube and convert one or more job definitions to YAML for use by jenkins-job-builder:

jujube [--output output-file] file-or-directory*

Jujube will load all of the specified files (or all of the files in the specified directories) and generate a single YAML file containing all of the jenkins-job-builder job definitions.

If the --output (or -o for short) option is provided, the job definitions will be generated into the specified file. Any intermediate directories that do not already exist will be created automatically.

If no output filename is specified, then a file named jobs.yml in the current working directory will be used.

Defining Jobs

To define a Jenkins job using Jujube, use the job DSL function. The most basic job definition is just a job name:

job "my-job"

Such a job does absolutely nothing, so you will most likely want to provide a configuration block as well:

job "my-job" do |j|
  # Job configuration goes here...

In the job configuration block, you can specify attributes for the job and add components to sections. For example:

job "my-job" do |j|
  j.description = "This is my job."  # Specify attributes
  j.quiet_period = 5

  j.axes << slave(:arch, %w{i386 amd64}) # Add components to sections

  j.scm << git(url: "", branches: %w{master dev})

  j.triggers << pollscm("@hourly")

  j.wrappers << timeout(type: 'elastic', elastic_percentage: 150, elastic_default_timeout: 5, fail: true)
  j.wrappers << timestamps << shell("bundle && bundle exec rake deploy")

  j.publishers << email_ext(recipients: %w{})

The following job attributes are supported:

  • project_type -- doesn't normally need to be specified. If any axes are added to the job, then project_type is automatically inferred to be matrix
  • description
  • node
  • block_upstream
  • block_downstream
  • quiet_period
  • concurrent
  • disabled

The following sections and components are supported:

  • axes: (label_expression, slave)
  • parameters: (string, validating_string)
  • properties: (throttle)
  • scm: (git, store)
  • triggers: (pollscm, pollurl, reverse)
  • wrappers: (timeout, timestamps)
  • builders: (copyartifact, shell)
  • publishers: (archive, cppcheck, email_ext, fitnesse, ircbot, junit, trigger, trigger_parameterized_builds, unittest, xunit)
  • notifications: None defined yet

See the end-to-end example job for example uses of all of the supported attributes, sections, and components.

In general, component options are typically specified as standard Ruby hashes. The option names are the same as in the jenkins-job-builder documentation, except that you need to use underscores (_) instead of dashes (-) in the option names.

Helper Methods

In your own projects, you can define helper methods that pre-configure jobs or components. Simply require the Ruby files containing your helper methods into your job files and use them just like the Jujube supplied methods. For example:

def template_job(name, description)
  job name do |j|
    j.description = description
    j.quiet_period = 5
    j.scm << standard_git(name)
    j.triggers << pollscm("@hourly")
    j.wrappers << timestamps

    yield j if block_given?

def standard_git(repo_name)
  git(url: "{repo_name}", branches: %w{master dev})

template_job "my-job", "This is my job" do |j| << shell("rake deploy")

Things to Note

  • Jujube doesn't do any input validation. Rather than duplicating the validation that jenkins-job-builder already does, Jujube accepts any component options provided in a job definition and passes them through to the YAML file. This actually makes Jujube quite flexible and able to automatically support new options that are added in jenkins-job-builder.

  • Jujube does not yet support all of the components that jenkins-job-builder supports. New components are easy to add, and pull requests are more than welcome.

Extending Jujube

The Job class is the main class in Jujube. It should be essentially complete now. The main work left to be done is to define the remaining components supported by jenkins-job-builder. Components are defined in the various files in the components sub-directory. There is one file per component type.

Most components can be defined using the standard_component "macro". If the component simply takes a hash of options, then it is a standard component. Otherwise, a specialized method must be written for the component. There are a few examples of these in the codebase.

If you'd like to add a component that requires some odd configuration and you're not sure how to tackle it, contact me and I'll be happy to help.


  1. Fork it
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Make your change. Please follow the coding conventions of the project and write good unit tests. If you are adding a new component, please update acceptance/fixtures/endToEnd/endToEnd.job and acceptance/fixtures/endToEnd/expected.yml as well.
  4. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  5. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  6. Create new Pull Request


Thanks to Jason Roelofs, Chris Gaffney, and Sarah Mei for their input and feedback as I worked on this project.


Ruby front-end for jenkins-job-builder








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