How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub


Efficiency and automation are the keys to success in the field of modern software development. With the collaboration between Jenkins, the industry-standard automation server, and GitHub, the world’s leading platform for version control and collaboration, teams can achieve new heights of productivity and reliability. In this blog post, we’ll explore Jenkins’ seamless integration with GitHub and how it empowers teams to streamline their development workflow.


  1. Server with Jenkins up and running
  2. Github plugin installed on the Jenkins server
  3. Github Account

What is GitHub?

GitHub changes the way teams collaborate on code. GitHub is a web-based platform that hosts and manages code repositories using the Git version control system. Pull requests, branching, and issue tracking are some of the features that make it possible for developers to work together, manage changes, and contribute together.

Coding collaboration is made easier by GitHub’s version control features. Individual development is made easier by branching before merging, while pull requests provide a forum to discuss and propose modifications. The platform’s user-friendly interface and integrated capabilities support diverse development workflows, fostering collaboration across code, documentation, and discussions.

Additionally, GitHub’s versatility is highlighted by its seamless integration with automation tools like Jenkins, which strengthens the collaborative development pipeline. This integration ensures a cohesive and automated workflow, further strengthening GitHub’s role as a dynamic force driving efficient and collaborative software development.

To get a basic understanding of GitHub’s functionality and features

Github Repository: A GitHub repository, also called a “repo”, is a centralized location where project files, code, and related data are kept.

Branches: Development teams can set up multiple development paths within a repository using GitHub’s branching feature without interfering with the primary codebase.

Webhooks: GitHub webhooks allow the repository to propagate changes to external services. This capability is very useful for automating workflows such as CI/CD in response to pull requests or code pushes.

Personal Access Tokens: GitHub personal access tokens are an essential component of secure authentication and authorization for a range of operations performed within a repository.

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Adding a WebHook in GitHub

Step 1: go to your GitHub repository and click on ‘Settings’.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 2: Click on Webhooks and then click on ‘Add webhook’.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 3:In the Payload URL field paste your Jenkins environment URL. At the end of this URL add /github-webhook/. In th Content type select: application/json and leave the Secret field empty.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

We’re done with the configuration on GitHub’s side! Now let’s move on to Jenkins.

Configuring Jenkins

Step 5: In Jenkins, click on ‘New Item’ to create a new project.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 6: Give your project a name, then choose ‘Freestyle project’ and finally, click on ‘OK’.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 7: Click on the ‘Source Code Management’ tab.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 8: Click on Git and paste your GitHub repository URL in the ‘Repository URL’ field.

Step 9: Click on the ‘Build Triggers’ tab and then on the ‘GitHub hook trigger for GITScm polling’. Or, choose the trigger of your choice.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

That’s it! Your GitHub repository is integrated with your Jenkins project. With this Jenkins GitHub integration, you can now use any file found in a GitHub repository and trigger a Jenkins job to run with every code commit.

Triggering the Jenkins GitHub Integration With Every Code Commit

Step 10: Click on the ‘Build’ tab, then click on ‘Add build step’ and choose ‘Execute shell’.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 11: To run a Hello, simply use the echo command, and click on ‘Save’.

step 12: click on build now.

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub

Step 13Click on the little arrow next to the job and choose ‘Console Output’.

You can see that Jenkins was able to pull the Hello and run it!

How to Integrate Jenkins with GitHub
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