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Plugin Information

View Jobcopy Builder on the plugin site for more information.

This plugin adds "Copy Job" as a build step.You can select how to retrieve choices, including the way to share choices among all jobs.

What's this?

This plugin provides a Copy Job build step:

  • It makes a new job from an existing job.
    • You can copy multiple jobs in one build execution with specifying multiple Copy Job build steps.
    • Can be applied to any type of jobs.
  • You specify following parameters.
    • From Job Name
      • Variable expressions can be used.
    • To Job Name
      • Variable expressions can be used.
    • Overwrite
      • Specifies whether to overwrite the destination job if it already exists.
  • Additional operations can be performed when copying.
    • Enable Job: Enabling the destination job if the source job is disabled.
    • Disable Job: Disabling the destination job if the source job is enabled. ( >= 1.3.0)
    • Replace String: Replace strings in a job configuration.
      • Source and destination strings can contain variable expressions.
  • Additional operation can be extended by using Extension Points.


  1. You can add "Copy Job" build step.
  2. "Copy Job" performs additional operations. Replacing strings in the configuration, enabling a disabled job.
    • The job copied from
    • The job copied to. String "VERSION" is replaced, and the job is enabled.
  3. Replacing strings can be applied to any part of configurations, including that of plugins. This is a example that the branch field of Git plugin is replaced.
    • The job copied from.
    • The job copied to. String "VERSION" is replaced.

How does this work?

This plugin works as following:

  1. Reads the configuration xml (config.xml) of the copying job.
  2. Applies the operations to the configuration xml string.
  3. Create a new job with the processed configuration xml string.

Extension point

A new way to provide choices can be added with implementing JobcopyOperation, overriding the following method:

public String perform(String xmlString, String encoding, EnvVars env, PrintStream logger);

or, with extending AbstractXmlJobcopyOperation, overriding the following method:

abstract public Document perform(Document doc, EnvVars env, PrintStream logger);

Used with promoted builds

When used with Promoted Builds Plugin, the configurations of promotions are not copied for they are not stored in config.xml.
Do as followings:

  • Click "Advanced" in "copy Job"
  • Add "Additional File Sets", specify "promotions/*/config.xml" in "Files".

Permissions to copy jobs

  • "Copy Job" build step requires following permissions.

    Target Job

    Required permissions


    Item to copy from

    Job/Read, Job/ExtendedRead

    Job/ExtendedRead is displayed only when you install Extended Read Permission Plugin. You can grant it by granting Job/Configure instead.

    Item to copy to (when create)



    Item to copy to (when overwrite)

    Job/Read, Job/Configure


  • "Copy Job" is run as ANONYMOUS as default.


To report a bug or request an enhancement to this plugin please create a ticket in JIRA (you need to login or to sign up for an account). Also have a look on How to report an issue

type key summary

Data cannot be retrieved due to an unexpected error.

View these issues in Jira

Change Log

Version 1.4.0 (Jul 24, 2016)

  • Targets Jenkins 1.532. (was 1.480.3 till 1.3.0)
  • Improved permission checks (JENKINS-36672)
    • Jobcopy build step is authorized as anonymous when the build is run as SYSTEM (that is, if not authorization for the job is not configured)
    • Requires EXTENTED_READ (or CONFIGURE) permission to read job configurations.
    • See #Permissions to copy jobs for details.

Version 1.3.0 (May 24, 2015)

Version 1.2.0 (Sep 11, 2014)

Version 1.1.2 (Dec 22, 2013)

  • FIXED: Build results page shows wrong link for Copied To and Copied From (JENKINS-21080)

Version 1.1.1 (Aug 31, 2013)

  • Fixed a problem with overwriting multi-configuration projects.
    • combination filter was not removed even when it is removed in the source project.

Version 1.1.0 (Feb 27, 2013)

  • Added advanced configuration to copy additional files.
    • Useful for plugins that does not store configurations in config.xml of the job.
    • For example, you can copy configurations of Promoted Builds Plugin.

Version 1.0.1 (Feb 06, 2013)

  • Improved overwrite behavior
    • Version 1.0.0: delete the old job, and create a new job. Also builds are deleted.
    • Version 1.0.1 and later: update the configuration. Builds are preserved.
  • expand "From Job Name" field

Version 1.0.0 (Jan 14, 2013)

  • Initial release.
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