Tonight I had to setup a new instance of Jenkins. Having never set Jenkins to work with Bitbucket before I thought this might help out others. This will cover Jenkins accessing only Bitbucket, having it deploy might be another post, but that isn’t covered here.

Jenkins install

Starting out, I have a blank Digital Ocean droplet. There is basically nothing. I had to install Jenkins, which is pretty basic:

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

This will create the jenkins user and start up the Jenkins servlet on port 8080. If you need to setup Jenkins other ways checkout the How-to.

Jenkins Unix/security setup

Next I needed to setup Jenkins to use my unix user permissions. The security settings can be accessed by going to: http://your_server:8080/configureSecurity/

From the configureSecurity page select “Unix user/group database“ click on “Advanced” and add “sshd” as the Service Name. While setting this up I got on error saying the jenkins user could read from “/etc/shadow/”. So I had to add the jenkins user to the shadow group.

usermod -G shadow jenkins

Lastly to setup permissions I selected: “Logged-in users can do anything”.

Git setup

Since this was a basic ubuntu install I had to install git:

sudo apt-get install git

Then setup the git user information:

git config –global “”

git config –global “jenkins”

Not having the user info set resulted in Jenkins later through throwing: hudson.plugins.git.GitException: Could not apply tag jenkins-Pactsafe_-_TEST-2 when trying to run a build. Better set them now. I used the global config because this droplet will only be used for Jenkins.

Next install the git plug in for Jenkins. Using the Jenkins menu go to:

  1. Manage Jenkins
  2. Manage Plugins
  3. Available
  4. Then search for “Git Plugin”

Once Jenkins restarts you can move on to setup a new job.

New Job with SSH and Bitbucket

Finally, setting up Jenkins to simply access a repo from Bitbucket! They have a nice write up on this: SSH with Bitbucket

Since Digital Ocean allows for shell access I was able to generate an ssh key for my jenkins user. I logged in as jenkins and ran ssh-keygen. ssh-keygen will (by default) generate the public key in ~/.ssh/ For more information checkout Bitbucket’s How-to

Open Bitbucket and go to the repository you want Jenkins to access. As Admin, access the repository’s settings and setup a new deployment key using the previously generated contents from the file.

You will also need to setup a ~/.ssh/known_hosts file. If you don’t the build will fail with this error stderr: Host key verification failed.

The easiest way to create the known_host file is to run (as jenkins):

git ls-remote -h HEAD

Doing this will prompt you to add Bitbucket as a known host. Once you confirm the host the key for it will be added to the ~/.ssh/known_hosts file and you shouldn’t get this error anymore.

Run The Job

With all of that setup you should be able to run the job and receive a “Finished: SUCCESS” message in the Console Output.

There are many things that still need to be setup after this, but this gets Jenkins and Bitbucket playing together.