Jenkins Integration



Install the Integration

The plugin is packaged as a self-contained hpi file that can be installed either from the web UI or via the Jenkins command line interface. Once you have acquired the file, devops-secrets-safe.hpi, proceed with one of the following installation methods.

Via Jenkins Web UI

The most common method for plugin installation and administration is to use the web UI.

  1. Authenticate as a user with administrative permissions and navigate to Manage Jenkins > Manage Plugins.
  2. Once there, click the Advanced tab and scroll down to the Upload Plugin section.
  3. Click Choose File to browse to and select the hpi file.
  4. Finally, click Upload and allow Jenkins to restart once installation has finished.

Via the Jenkins CLI

The Jenkins command line interface can also be leveraged for many administrative tasks, including plugin installation. To install via the CLI, execute a command with the following structure:

java -jar jenkins-cli.jar -s "http://your-jenkins-server:8080/" install-plugin "path/to/devops-secrets-safe.hpi" -deploy -restart


It is important to note that the plugin can be configured at any or all of the available scopes within a Jenkins environment. This means that configuration can exist at the global level (Manage Jenkins > Configure System), at the folder level, or at the individual item or project level.

When a build job executes, configuration is resolved starting at the most specific scope and working back up the chain until a valid (fully-populated) configuration is found: item level > folder level (through multiple folder levels if present) > global level.

The specific information collected for configuration includes the following fields:

  • Name / Alias: Provides a place to give a quick, descriptive name to the collection of settings.
  • DSS URL: The base URL of the DSSinstance including protocol, hostname or IP, and port.
  • DSS Application Credentials: The application credentials used to authenticate to the DSS RESTful APIs.
  • Skip SSL Validation: If enabled, the plugin skips validation of any SSL cert presented by the DSS instance during the execution of RESTful API calls.

The credentials used for authentication to the DSS instance are stored in the Jenkins internal credential store and read at the time of job execution. They are stored as a custom credential type named DSS Application Credentials, which requires an Application Name and API Key matching a configured principal within DSS.


Secrets are retrieved from DevOps Secrets Safe for use in a build based on information provided in each project's build configuration, injected as environment variables, and intentionally limited in scope to help avoid exposing them outside of where they are actually used.

Sample of the configuration necessary to retrieve and use secrets within a build process:
def requestedSecrets = [
     [ secretUri: 'full/scope/path:git-user', environmentVariable: 'gitPwd' ],
    [ secretUri: 'full/scope/path:admin-user', environmentVariable: 'adminPwd' ]
withDss(requestedSecrets: requestedSecrets) {
    // ..... do some build stuff
    bat my_program.exe -u git-user -p ${env.gitPwd}
    // ..... more build stuff
    bat my_other_program.exe --administratorPassword "${env.adminPwd}"

The withDss block defines the scope within which the secrets are available and initiates the retrieval of those secrets. The required parameter for withDss() {...} is requestedSecrets, which you supply with an array of secrets you wish to retrieve and use within the block.

The individual entries in the requestedSecrets array contain two properties:

  • secretUri: The full path / scope for the secret followed by a colon and the secret name.
  • environmentVariable: The environment variable name by which you'd like to reference the secret value within the block.

To access the secret values, simply reference them as you would any other environment variable in your script: ${env.variable-name}

The values are also accessible via the secret URI as follows:


The values are only available within the withDss block and are retrieved from DevOps Secrets Safe using the most specific configuration that can be resolved by the plugin for the given job.

For more information, please see Managing Plugins.