A Jenkins plugin to deploy resource configurations to a Kubernetes cluster.

It provides the following features:

Breaking changes in version 1.0.0

This plugin depends on Kubernetes & OpenShift 3 Java Client. To apply more features of Kubernetes in this plugin, we have to upgrade the version of the sdk. However the new version of the sdk does not support some legacy Kubernetes api versions any more. If you want to upgrade to version 1.0.0, please make sure your Kubernetes support related object api version and update your Kubernetes resource files. Following API objects are no more support extensions group, please change them to apps group.


Configure the Plugin


  1. Within the Jenkins dashboard, select a Job and then select Configure

  2. Scroll down and click the "Add build step" dropdown

  3. Select "Deploy to Kubernetes"

  4. In the "Kubeconfig" dropdown, select the kubeconfig stored in Jenkins. You can click the "Add" button on the right to add new kubeconfig (Kind: Kubernetes configuration (kubeconfig)).

    You can choose one of the following methods to provide the kubeconfig details:

  5. Fill in the "Config Files" with the configuration file paths. Split multiple entries with comma (,). Ant glob syntax is supported for path patterns.

  6. By checking "Enable Variable Substitution in Config", the variables (in the form of $VARIABLE or `${VARIABLE}) in the configuration files will be replaced with the values from corresponding environment variables before they are fed to the Kubernetes management API. This allows you to dynamically update the configurations according to each Jenkins task, for example, using the Jenkins build number as the image tag to be pulled.

  7. If your Kubernetes resources being deployed need to pull images from private registry, you can click the "Docker Container Registry Credentials / Kubernetes Secrets..." button and configure all the required registry credentials.

    You may also prepare the Kubernetes Secrets beforehand. and reference the secret from your resource configurations directly.

Resource Types

The following resource types are supported by the plugin:

In the context of continuous integration & continuous deployment, only those resources that need to be updated regularly should be placed in Jenkins deployment. So most of the time the plugin should mainly deal with resources of type Deployment.

Pipeline Support

The kubernetes-cd plugin provides function kubernetesDeploy for Jenkins Pipeline support. You can go to the Snippet Generator page under Pipeline Syntax section in Jenkins, select "kubernetesDeploy: Deploy to Kubernetes" from the "Sample Step" dropdown, and it will provide you configuration interface for the plugin. After filling the entries and click "Generate Pipeline Script" button, you will get the sample scripts which can be used in your Pipeline definition.

kubernetesDeploy(kubeconfigId: 'kubeconfig-credentials-id',               // REQUIRED

                 configs: '<ant-glob-pattern-for-resource-config-paths>', // REQUIRED
                 enableConfigSubstitution: false,
                 secretNamespace: '<secret-namespace>',
                 secretName: '<secret-name>',
                 dockerCredentials: [
                        [credentialsId: '<credentials-id-for-docker-hub>'],
                        [credentialsId: '<credentials-id-for-other-private-registry>', url: '<registry-url>'],

The parameters can be divided into the following groups, which you may configure as required.

Kubeconfig Binding

When the kubeconfig is prepared in the Jenkins credentials store, you can utilize the Credentials Binding plugin to bind the kubeconfig contents to a variable. You can save the contents in the variable to a local file, which can be used to invoke the kubectl command (with the --kubeconfig argument).

Kubeconfig Contents Binding

With pipeline:

withCredentials([kubeconfigContent(credentialsId: 'acs-ssh-folder', variable: 'KUBECONFIG_CONTENT')]) {
    sh '''echo "$KUBECONFIG_CONTENT" > kubeconfig && cat kubeconfig && rm kubeconfig'''


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