Comprehensive Guide To Jenkins Declarative Pipeline

QAutomation NewsPraveen Mishra

Jenkins Pipeline is an automation solution that lets you create simple or complex (template) pipelines via the DSL used in each pipeline. Jenkins provides two ways of developing a pipeline- Scripted and Declarative. Traditionally, Jenkins jobs were created using Jenkins UI called FreeStyle jobs. In Jenkins 2.0, Jenkins introduced a new way to create jobs using the technique called pipeline as code. In pipeline as code technique, jobs are created using a script file that contains the steps to be executed by the job. In Jenkins, that scripted file is called Jenkinsfile. In this blog, we will deep dive into Jenkins Declarative Pipeline with the help of Jenkins declarative pipeline examples.

Let’s get started with the basics.

What is Jenkinsfile?

Jenkinsfile is just a text file, usually checked in along with the project’s source code in Git repo. Ideally, every application will have its own Jenkinsfile.

Jenkinsfile can be written in two aspects – Scripted pipeline syntax & Declarative pipeline syntax

What is Jenkins Scripted Pipeline?

Jenkins pipelines are traditionally written as scripted pipelines. Ideally, the scripted pipeline is stored in Jenkins webUI as a Jenkins file. The end-to-end scripted pipeline script is written in Groovy.

  • It requires knowledge of Groovy programming as a prerequisite.
  • Jenkinsfile starts with the word node.
  • Can contain standard programming constructs like if-else block, try-catch block, etc.

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