Category: Integration

continuous integration: Jenkins Automated Deployments with a Private git server

What is Jenkins?

A continuous integration tool written in Java. Continuous integration is the process of merging development work among multiple developers. It also serves to automate unit testing and I am certain other types of testing in test driven development.

To simplify all that, it is build automation and in my opinion an automated deployment system (preferably for testing, q&a and staging).

jenkins continuous integration debian setup

Pros: Jenkins

  • Works with Git
  • Webhook from git can build/deploy/test after each commit
  • Multiple plugins available to integrate with development tools/project management
  • Web Interface…I guess this is a pro
  • Can employ scripts to run after successful builds
  • Rollback…not sure…

Where I have enjoyed the benefits is that if you use git for versioning and yuou are making multiple commits, there is an instantaneous test and deploy after each commit. Rather than the wasteful approach of commiting on local dev, pushing to remote, logging in to testing server, pulling from repo, testing; after every commit.


Theother open source alternatives are:

Setting up Jenkins Automated Deployments with your own Git Server

Haven’t created your personal git repo yet? Try this tutorial or a better one.

Setting up Jenkins on Debian:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -
sudo sh -c 'echo deb binary/ > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jenkins.list'
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jenkins

As far as I know that is it, provided you have apache installed…
Navigate to…


The first thing you should do is lock down Jenkins so only you can access it

Jenkins->Manage Jenkins->Configure Global Security

Setup security as you wish, you will need to manage users for this too.

Now I am assuming you are using git for source control, if you are not you are wrong.

For a non-managed git server, ie. a private git server you have setup yourself you will need to add the git plugin in Jenkins.

Manage Jenkins -> Manage Plugins -> Install the GIT plugin

Now create an ssh key for jenkins:

sudo su jenkins
ssh-keygen -t rsa -C ""
It should install to /var/lib/jenkins/.ssh

Copy the public key, of the ssh key pair.
append that public key to your git server’s git user’s authorizes_keys


Should be sorted now, but hold on to the key you will need it.

Create a new item, add project name and click freestyle project.

Jenkins -> New Item -> Freestyle Project


Source Code Management



and add the git repo details along with the public key created earlier.

jenkins deploymentWhat Next

Well you build and it should be good. It builds to:


So things to do and I might update this post is:

1. Setup a script to copy the build to document root (staging / live site)…but why is this required? Furthermore shouldn’t the testing be done in a hosted environement, specifically end-to-end tests?
2. Setup a webhook (from the private personal git repo, and not github) to tell jenkins there has been a commit to master….

Another top article on Setting up Jenkins



With regards to 2. Setting up a webhook, or push based builds using jenkins take a look at the below site:

We need to set Jenkins up to trigger builds remotely:

trigger builds remotely scripts git jenkins

Then create a script (name it: post-receive in /your_bare_repo.git/hooks/.) with the token you just created:

I didn’t need a username and password but I think it would be advisable to have a more secure method instead of jsut the token, because analytics tracking and server logs would have logged that query string parameter, and someone could potentially bombard your system with builds constantly.

/usr/bin/curl -s \


You may have an issue with authentication, if so view the jenkins scripted clients page.

Now we may need to look at testing deployments and copying to web server if successful.