Q1. What is Jenkins?

My suggestion is to start this answer by giving a definition of Jenkins.

Jenkins is an open source automation tool written in Java with plugins built for Continuous Integration purpose. Jenkins is used to build and test your software projects continuously making it easier for developers to integrate changes to the project, and making it easier for users to obtain a fresh build. It also allows you to continuously deliver your software by integrating with a large number of testing and deployment technologies.

Once you have defined Jenkins give an example, you can refer the below mentioned use case:

  • First, a developer commits the code to the source code repository. Meanwhile, the Jenkins server checks the repository at regular intervals for changes.
  • Soon after a commit occurs, the Jenkins server detects the changes that have occurred in the source code repository. Jenkins will pull those changes and will start preparing a new build.
  • If the build fails, then the concerned team will be notified.
  • If built is successful, then Jenkins deploys the built in the test server.
  • After testing, Jenkins generates a feedback and then notifies the developers about the build and test results.
  • It will continue to check the  source code repository for changes made in the source code and the whole process keeps on repeating.

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Interviewer now knows what is Jenkins but why we use it, there are many other CI tools as well, so why Jenkins?, the next question in this Jenkins interview questions will deal with that answer.

Q2. What are the benefits of using Jenkins?

I will suggest you to include the following benefits of Jenkins, if you can recall any other benefit apart from the below mentioned points you can include that as well.

  • At integration stage, build failures are cached.
  • For each change in the source code an automatic build report notification is generated.
  • To notify developers about build report success or failure, it is integrated with LDAP mail server.
  • Achieves continuous integration agile development and test driven development.
  • With simple steps, maven release project is automated.
  • Easy tracking of bugs at early stage in development environment than production.

Interviewer: Okay Jenkins looks like a really cool tool, but what are the requirements for using Jenkins?

Q3. What are the pre-requisites for using Jenkins?

Answer to this is pretty straightforward To use Jenkins you require:

  • A source code repository which is accessible, for instance, a Git repository.
  • A working build script, e.g., a Maven script, checked into the repository.

Remember, you have mentioned Plugins in your previous answer, so next question in this Jenkins interview questions blog will be regarding Plugins.

Q4. Mention some of the useful plugins in Jenkins?

Below I have mentioned some important Plugins:

  • Maven 2 project
  • Git
  • Amazon EC2
  • HTML publisher
  • Copy artifact
  • Join
  • Green Balls

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These Plugins I feel are the most useful plugins, if you want to include any other Plugin that is not mentioned above, you can add that as well, but make sure you first mention the above stated plugins and then add your own.

Q5. Mention what are the commands you can use to start Jenkins manually?

For this answer I will suggest you to go with the below mentioned flow:

To start Jenkins manually open Console/Command line, then go to your Jenkins installation directory. Over there you can use the below commands:

To start Jenkins: jenkins.exe start
To stop Jenkins: jenkins.exe stop
To restart Jenkins: jenkins.exe restart

Q6. Explain how you can set up Jenkins job?

My approach to this answer will be to first mention how to create Jenkins job.

Go to Jenkins top page, select “New Job”, then choose “Build a free-style software project”.

Now you can tell the elements of this freestyle job:

  • Optional SCM, such as CVS or Subversion where your source code resides.
  • Optional triggers to control when Jenkins will perform builds.
  • Some sort of build script that performs the build (ant, maven, shell script, batch file, etc.) where the real work happens.
  • Optional steps to collect information out of the build, such as archiving the artifacts and/or recording javadoc and test results.
  • Optional steps to notify other people/systems with the build result, such as sending e-mails, IMs, updating issue tracker, etc..

Q7. Explain how to create a backup and copy files in Jenkins?

Answer to this question is really direct.

To create a backup all you need to do is to periodically back up your JENKINS_HOME directory. This contains all of your build jobs configurations, your slave node configurations, and your build history. To create a back-up of your Jenkins setup, just copy this directory. You can also copy a job directory to clone or replicate a job or rename the directory.

Q8. How will you secure Jenkins?

The way I secure Jenkins is mentioned below, if you have any other way to do it than mention that:

  • Ensure global security is on.
  • Ensure that Jenkins is integrated with my company’s user directory with appropriate plugin.
  • Ensure that matrix/Project matrix is enabled to fine tune access.
  • Automate the process of setting rights/privileges in Jenkins with custom version controlled script.
  • Limit physical access to Jenkins data/folders.
  • Periodically run security audits on same.

I hope you have enjoyed the above set of Jenkins interview questions, the next set of questions will be more challenging, so be prepared.

Q9 Explain how you can deploy a custom build of a core plugin?

Below are the steps to deploy a custom build of a core plugin:

  • Stop Jenkins.
  • Copy the custom HPI to $Jenkins_Home/plugins.
  • Delete the previously expanded plugin directory.
  • Make an empty file called <plugin>.hpi.pinned.
  • Start Jenkins.

Q10. What is the relation between Hudson and Jenkins?

You can just say Hudson was the earlier name and version of current Jenkins. After some issue, the project name was changed from Hudson to Jenkins.

Q11. What you do when you see a broken build for your project in Jenkins?

There can be multiple answers to this question I will approach this task in the following way:

I will open the console output for the broken build and try to see if any file changes were missed. If I am unable to find the issue that way, then I will clean and update my local workspace to replicate the problem on my local and try to solve it.

If you do it in a different way then just mention that in your answer.

Q12. Explain how you can move or copy Jenkins from one server to another?

I will approach this task by copying the jobs directory from the old server to the new one. There are multiple ways to do that, I have mentioned it below:

You can:

  • Move a job from one installation of Jenkins to another by simply copying the corresponding job directory.
  • Make a copy of an existing job by making a clone of a job directory by a different name.
  • Rename an existing job by renaming a directory. Note that if you change a job name you will need to change any other job that tries to call the renamed job.

Q13. What are the various ways in which build can be scheduled in Jenkins?

You can schedule a build in Jenkins in the following ways:

  • By source code management commits
  • After completion of other builds
  • Can be scheduled to run at specified time ( crons )
  • Manual Build Requests

Q14. What is the difference between Maven, Ant and Jenkins?

Maven and Ant are Build Technologies whereas Jenkins is a continuous integration tool.

Q15. Which SCM tools Jenkins supports?

Below are Source code management tools supported by Jenkins:

  • AccuRev
  • CVS,
  • Subversion,
  • Git,
  • Mercurial,
  • Perforce,
  • Clearcase
  • RTC

Now, the next set of Jenkins interview questions will test your experience with Jenkins.

Q16. What are the two components Jenkins is mainly integrated with?

According to me Jenkins is mainly integrated with the following:

  • Version Control system like GIT,SVN.
  • Build tools like Apache Maven.

Jenkins Interview Questions # 1) What is Jenkins?

Answer # Jenkins is an open source automation server. Jenkins ia a continuous integration tool developed in Java. Jenkins helps to automate the non-human part of software development process, with continuous integration and facilitating technical aspects of continuous delivery.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 2) Why do we use Jenkins?

Answer # Jenkins is an open-source continuous integration software tool written in the Java programming language for testing and reporting on isolated changes in a larger code base in real time. The Jenkins softwareenables developers to find and solve defects in a code base rapidly and to automate testing of their builds.

Jenkins Interview Questions # 3) What is Maven and what is Jenkins?

Answer # Maven is a build tool, in short a successor of ant. It helps in build and version control. However, Jenkins is continuous integration system, where in maven is used for build. Jenkins can be used to automate the deployment process.


Jenkins Interview Question # 4) What is the difference between Hudson and Jenkins?

Answer # Jenkins is the new Hudson. It really is more like a rename, not a fork, since the whole development community moved to Jenkins. (Oracle is left sitting in a corner holding their old ball “Hudson“, but it’s just a soul-less project now.). In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 5) What is meant by continuous integration in Jenkins?

Answer # Continuous integration is a process in which all development work is integrated as early as possible. The resulting artifacts are automatically created and tested. This process allows to identify errors as early as possible. Jenkins is a popular open source tool to perform continuous integration and build automation.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 6) Why do we use Jenkins with selenium?

Answer # Running Selenium tests in Jenkins allows you to run your tests every time your software changes and deploy the software to a new environment when the tests pass. Jenkins can schedule your tests to run at specific time.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 7) What are CI Tools?

Answer # Here is the list of the top 8 Continuous Integration tools:

  • Jenkins
  • TeamCity
  • Travis CI
  • Go CD
  • Bamboo
  • GitLab CI
  • CircleCI
  • Codeship


Jenkins Interview Questions # 8) What is a CI CD pipeline?

Answer # A continuous integration and deployment pipeline (CD/CI) is such an important aspect of a software project. It saves a ton of manual, error-prone deployment work. It results in higher quality software for continuous integration, automated tests, and code metrics.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 9) What is build pipeline in Jenkins?

Answer # Job chaining in Jenkins is the process of automatically starting other job(s) after the execution of a job. This approach lets you build multi-step build pipelines or trigger the rebuild of a project if one of its dependencies is updated.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 10) What is a Jenkins pipeline?

Answer # The Jenkins Pipeline plugin is a game changer for Jenkins users. Based on a Domain Specific Language (DSL) in Groovy, the Pipeline plugin makes pipelines scriptable and it is an incredibly powerful way to develop complex, multi-step DevOps pipelines.

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Jenkins Interview Questions # 11) What is a DSL Jenkins?

Answer # The Jenkins “Job DSL / Plugin” is made up of two parts: The Domain Specific Language (DSL) itself that allows users to describe jobs using a Groovy-based language, and a Jenkins plugin which manages the scripts and the updating of the Jenkins jobs which are created and maintained as a result.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 12) What is continuous integration and deployment?

Answer # Continuous Integration (CI) is a development practice that requires developers to integrate code into a shared repository several times a day. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect problems early.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 13) What is the tool used for provisioning and configuration?

Answer # Ansible is an agent-less configuration management as well as orchestration tool. In Ansible, the configuration modules are called “Playbooks”. Like other tools, Ansible can be used for cloud provisioning.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 14) What is the difference between Maven, Ant and Jenkins?

Answer # Maven and ANT are build tool but main difference is that maven also provides dependency management, standard project layout and project management. On difference between Maven, ANT and Jenkins, later is a continuous integration tool which is much more than build tool.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 15) Which SCM tools Jenkins supports?

Answer # Jenkins supports version control tools, including AccuRev, CVS, Subversion, Git, Mercurial, Perforce, ClearCase and RTC, and can execute Apache Ant, Apache Maven and sbt based projects as well as arbitrary shell scripts and Windows batch commands.

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Jenkins Interview Questions # 16) How schedule a build in Jenkins?

Answer # In Jenkins, under the job configuration we can define various build triggers. Simple find the ‘Build Triggers’ section, and check the ‘ Build Periodically’ checkbox. With the periodically build you can schedule the build definition by the date or day of the week and the time to execute the build.

The format of the ‘Schedule’ textbox is as follows:

MINUTE (0-59), HOUR (0-23), DAY (1-31), MONTH (1-12), DAY OF THE WEEK (0-7)


Jenkins Interview Questions # 17) Why do we use Pipelines in Jenkins?

Answer # Pipeline adds a powerful set of automation tools onto Jenkins, supporting use cases that span from simple continuous integration to comprehensive continuous delivery pipelines. By modeling a series of related tasks, users can take advantage of the many features of Pipeline:

  • Code: Pipelines are implemented in code and typically checked into source control, giving teams the ability to edit, review, and iterate upon their delivery pipeline.
  • Durable: Pipelines can survive both planned and unplanned restarts of the Jenkins master.
  • Pausable: Pipelines can optionally stop and wait for human input or approval before continuing the Pipeline run.
  • Versatile: Pipelines support complex real-world continuous delivery requirements, including the ability to fork/join, loop, and perform work in parallel.
  • Extensible: The Pipeline plugin supports custom extensions to its DSL and multiple options for integration with other plugins.

Jenkins Interview Questions # 18) What is a Jenkinsfile?

Answer # A Jenkinsfile is a text file that contains the definition of a Jenkins Pipeline and is checked into source control.

Creating a Jenkinsfile, which is checked into source control, provides a number of immediate benefits:

  1. Code review/iteration on the Pipeline
  2. Audit trail for the Pipeline
  3. Single source of truth for the Pipeline, which can be viewed and edited by multiple members of the project.

Jenkins Interview Questions # 19) How do you create Multibranch Pipeline in Jenkins?

Answer # The Multibranch Pipeline project type enables you to implement different Jenkinsfiles for different branches of the same project. In a Multibranch Pipeline project, Jenkins automatically discovers, manages and executes Pipelines for branches which contain a Jenkinsfile in source control.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 20) What is blue ocean in Jenkins?

Answer # Blue Ocean is a project that rethinks the user experience of Jenkins, modelling and presenting the process of software delivery by surfacing information that’s important to development teams with as few clicks as possible, while still staying true to the extensibility that is core to Jenkins.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 21) What are the important plugins in Jenkins?

Answers # Here is the list of some important Plugins in Jenkins:

  1. Maven 2 project
  2. Git
  3. Amazon EC2
  4. HTML publisher
  5. Copy artifact
  6. Join
  7. Green Balls


Jenkins Interview Questions # 22) What are Jobs in Jenkins?

Answer # Jenkins can be used to perform the typical build server work, such as doing continuous/official/nightly builds, run tests, or perform some repetitive batch tasks. This is called “free-style software project” in Jenkins.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 23) How do you create a Job in Jenkins?

Answer # Go to Jenkins top page, select “New Job”, then choose “Build a free-style software project”. This job type consists of the following elements:

optional SCM, such as CVS or Subversion where your source code resides.
optional triggers to control when Jenkins will perform builds.

some sort of build script that performs the build (ant, maven, shell script, batch file, etc.) where the real work happens optional steps to collect information out of the build, such as archiving the artifacts and/or recording javadoc and test results.

optional steps to notify other people/systems with the build result, such as sending e-mails, IMs, updating issue tracker, etc.


Jenkins Interview Questions # 24) How do you configuring automatic builds in Jenkins?

Answer # Builds in Jenkins can be triggered periodically (on a schedule, specified in configuration), or when source changes in the project have been detected, or they can be automatically triggered by requesting the URL:



Jenkins Interview Questions # 25) How to create a backup and copy files in Jenkins?

Answer # To create a backup, all you need to do is to periodically back up your JENKINS_HOME directory. This contains all of your build jobs configurations, your slave node configurations, and your build history. To create a back-up of your Jenkins setup, just copy this directory.

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