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Setup Jenkins CI on OSX.

Jenkins CI on OSX

Instructions on how to setup a secured Jenkins CI on a Mac.

Download & Install dependencies

All of these operations are done with your admin user.

Developer tools

Install the command line developer tools.

$ xcode-select --install


After installing Git, ensure that you are using it (instead of the default):

sudo mv /usr/bin/git /usr/bin/git-xcode
sudo ln -sf /usr/local/git/bin/git /usr/bin/git

Java JDK 7


After running the installer, visit http://localhost:8080 to see Jenkins. If it does not show up, restart the box. If it still doesn't show up, you may need to start Jenkins manually:

sudo launchctl load -w /Library/LaunchDaemons/org.jenkins-ci.plist

Update all plugins

Once you can access your Jenkins console, goto Manage Jenkins -> Manage Plugins from the home screen.

Sometimes when you install, you will notice that the list of available plugins is empty. If that is the case, from Advanced tab on the Manage Plugins page, click on Check now (button available in the bottom right of the page) to forcefully check for new updates. Once that is done, you should see the list of plugins.

In the Updates tab, check all and click download and install after restart. Once downloads are finished , check Restart Jenkins when installation is complete and no jobs are running.

Install plugins

Open the Available tab and find the plugin entitled:

  • Git Plugin
  • Github plugin
  • Rake plugin
  • RVM plugin
  • Green balls

Download and restart Jenkins.

Jenkins user

Go into OSX System Settings/Users, select the jenkins user created by the installer and:

  • Add a secure password to it.
  • Make it admin.

All of the next operations are done with your jenkins user, so switch:

$ sudo su - jenkins

Proceed to install the following.


$ ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
$ brew doctor
$ brew update


$ brew install postgresql

Ensure that it is installed:

$ psql --ver
psql (PostgreSQL) 9.4.1

Start it automatically upon login (for all users):

$ sudo cp /usr/local/opt/postgresql/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/
$ sudo vim /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.postgresql.plist

Add param at the end:


Reboot your box. After reboot, create the postgres user:

$ createuser -s postgres

Login to PostgreSQL and grant rights to postgres:

$ psql -d postgres
psql (9.3.5)
Type "help" for help.

postgres=# ALTER USER postgres with CREATEDB;

Exit with \q.


$ \curl -sSL | bash -s stable
$ source ~/.bash_profile


Match the version of the project:

$ rvm install 2.2.0
$ rvm use 2.2.0 --default

Git access

As user Jenkins, create a .ssh directory in the Jenkins home directory.

$ mkdir ~/.ssh

Create the public private key pair. The most important thing is not to set a password, otherwise the jenkins user will not be able to connect to the git repo in an automated way.

$ cd ~/.ssh
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -C "jenkins@CI"

Start the ssh-agent in the background and add the key:

eval "$(ssh-agent -s)"
ssh-add ~/.ssh/id_rsa

Display your newly creted public key:

$ cat ~/.ssh/

Copy the output and add it to your Git repo.

Set a git user and email address:

$ git config --global ""
$ git config --global "jenkins"

Connect to the Git repo. This is a one time step which will dismiss that 'Are you sure you want to connect' ssh message, again jenkins won't be able to deal with this. Just run:

$ ssh -T

Create Jenkins Job

Create project

From the Jenkins home page, click on New Item, then select Free-style software project and click OK.

Fill in:

  • Project Name: Myproject
  • GitHub project:
  • Under Source Code Management, select Git and fill in the repo url:
  • Click Add next to credentials:
    • Kind: SSH username with private key
    • Private key: From the jenkins master

Click Add then select jenkins next to Credentials.

Poll SCM with a schedule of:

H/5 * * * *

Check the Run the build in a RVM-managed environment box, and enter in Implementation:


Under Add build step, select Execute shell, and enter:

bundle install
bundle exec rake db:setup
bundle exec rake ci:all

Add the "Publish JUnit test result report" post-build step in the job configuration. Enter spec/reports/*.xml in the Test report XMLs field (adjust this to suit which tests you are running).

Click on Save.

Click on Build now to start building the job, even though it will fail (no database has been initialized yet).

Prepare & try project

$ cd ~/Home/jobs/myproject/workspace
$ bundle
$ rake db:setup
$ rake

If you get a UTF-8 error while creating the database, do the following:

$ psql -d postgres -W
psql (9.3.5)
Type "help" for help.

postgres=# UPDATE pg_database SET datistemplate = FALSE WHERE datname = 'template1';

Now we can drop it:

postgres=# DROP DATABASE template1;

Now its time to create database from template0, with a new default encoding:

postgres=# CREATE DATABASE template1 WITH TEMPLATE = template0 ENCODING = 'UNICODE';

Now modify template1 so it's actually a template:

postgres=# UPDATE pg_database SET datistemplate = TRUE WHERE datname = 'template1';

Now switch to template1 and VACUUM FREEZE the template:

postgres=# \c template1;
postgres=# VACUUM FREEZE;

Exit with \q.

Configure security

Create users

Navigate to Manage Jenkins and select Configure Global Security. On this screen, check Enable Security, then under Security Realm select Jenkins' own user database. Ensure that Allow users to sign up is unchecked.

Click Save. You will be prompted to register, add an admin user. Once done, you'll be automatically logged in as admin.

Go back to Manage Jenkins, you will now see an additional Manage Users menu. Navigate in there, and create a localmonitor user.

Add permissions

Navigate to Manage Jenkins and select Configure Global Security. On this screen, check Project-based Matrix Authorization Strategy under Authorization.

From there, add admin and localmonitor users, checking all permissions for admin and only Overall Read and JOB read forlocalmonitor. Save the changes.

Add SSL with Nginx

Install Nginx:

$ sudo su - jenkins
$ brew install nginx

Start it automatically upon login (for all users):

$ sudo cp /usr/local/opt/nginx/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist /Library/LaunchDaemons/
$ sudo vim /Library/LaunchDaemons/homebrew.mxcl.nginx.plist

Add param at the end:


If you want to sign the server with self-generated credentials, create ssl keys and cert:

$ mkdir /usr/local/etc/nginx/ssl
$ openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout /usr/local/etc/nginx/ssl/server.key -out /usr/local/etc/nginx/ssl/server.crt

Otherwise get the server.crt and the server.key from your authority.


$ rm /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf
$ vim /usr/local/etc/nginx/nginx.conf


worker_processes 4;

events {
	worker_connections 768;

http {
	upstream jenkins {
	  server fail_timeout=0;

	server {
	  listen 4443;
	  server_name jenkins;

	  ssl on;
	  ssl_certificate /usr/local/etc/nginx/ssl/server.crt;
	  ssl_certificate_key /usr/local/etc/nginx/ssl/server.key;

	  location / {
	    proxy_set_header        Host $host;
	    proxy_set_header        X-Real-IP $remote_addr;
	    proxy_set_header        X-Forwarded-For $proxy_add_x_forwarded_for;
	    proxy_set_header        X-Forwarded-Proto $scheme;
	    proxy_redirect http:// https://;
	    proxy_pass              http://jenkins;

Restart the box.

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