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Python Jenkins is a python wrapper for the Jenkins REST API which aims to provide a more conventionally pythonic way of controlling a Jenkins server. It provides a higher-level API containing a number of convenience functions.

We like to use python-jenkins to automate our Jenkins servers. Here are some of the things you can use it for:

  • Create new jobs
  • Copy existing jobs
  • Delete jobs
  • Update jobs
  • Get a job's build information
  • Get Jenkins master version information
  • Get Jenkins plugin information
  • Start a build on a job
  • Create nodes
  • Enable/Disable nodes
  • Get information on nodes
  • Create/delete/reconfig views
  • Put server in shutdown mode (quiet down)
  • List running builds
  • Create/delete/update folders1
  • Set the next build number2
  • Install plugins
  • and many more..

To install:

$ sudo python install

Online documentation:


Bug report:



Patches are submitted via Gerrit at:

Please do not submit GitHub pull requests, they will be automatically closed.

More details on how you can contribute is available on our wiki at:

Writing a patch

We ask that all code submissions be flake8 clean. The easiest way to do that is to run tox before submitting code for review in Gerrit. It will run flake8 in the same manner as the automated test suite that will run on proposed patchsets.

Installing without

Then install the required python packages using pip:

$ sudo pip install python-jenkins


  1. The free Cloudbees Folders Plugin provides support for a subset of the full folders functionality. For the complete capabilities you will need the paid for version of the plugin.↩︎

  2. The Next Build Number Plugin provides support for setting the next build number.↩︎