Azure Dev Spaces

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Azure Dev Spaces Plugin

Azure Dev Spaces Plugin helps to manage Azure Dev Spaces in a Jenkins pipeline.

Important: this plugin is retired. Azure Dev Spaces is being retired and will stop working on October 31, 2023.


You can install/update this plugin in Jenkins Plugin Manager.

  1. Sign into Jenkins
  2. Choose Manage Jenkins > Manage Plugins > Available tab
  3. Filter for the Azure Dev Spaces Plugin
  4. Choose Download now and install after restart
  5. Restart Jenkins

If you don't see the plugin in the list, check to see if it is already installed.

You can also can manually build and install the plugin. Manual builds are helpful if you want to try out the latest features before they are released.

To manually install the plugin:

  1. Clone the repo and build

    mvn package
  2. Sign into Jenkins, then go to Manage Jenkins > Manage Plugins.

  3. On the Advanced tab, under Upload Plugin section, select Choose File.

  4. Select azure-dev-spaces.hpi in target folder of your repo, and then choose Upload.

  5. Restart Jenkins after installation is completed.

Prerequisites for use

Azure Dev Spaces plugin requires an Azure service principal to access Azure resources. To create the service principal and add a new credential to Jenkins, refer to the Create service principal section in the Deploy to Azure App Service tutorial.

Create a dev space

Freestyle job

  1. Create a new freestyle job, or open an existing job.

  2. On the Build tab, in the Build section, choose Add build step. Fron the list, choose Create dev spaces.

  3. Select your Azure credential, resource group, and AKS cluster from the lists.

  4. Set value for your parent dev space name and dev space name.

  5. In the Kubeconfig list, select the kubeconfig stored in Jenkins. Select the Add button to add new kubeconfig. Select Kubernetes configuration (kubeconfig) from the Kind list.

    To get the AKS credentials, use az aks get-credentials -g <resourcegroup> - <aksclustername> -f -. The output will look similar to this (truncated for brevity, sensitive info redacted):

    apiVersion: v1
    - cluster:
        certificate-authority-data: LS0tLS1C...JRklDQVRFLS0tLS0K
    name: jdsAKS
    - context:
        cluster: jdsAKS
        user: clusterUser_jenkinsdevspace_jdsAKS
    name: jdsAKS
    current-context: jdsAKS
    kind: Config
    preferences: {}
    - name: clusterUser_jenkinsdevspace_jdsAKS
        client-certificate-data: LS0tLS1CRU...FURS0tLS0tCg==
        client-key-data: LS0tLS1CR...LS0tLS0K
        token: 9c8971bfxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Copy the entire output and then paste it into the Content box.


The pipeline command to create a dev space is:

devSpacesCreate aksName: '', azureCredentialsId: '', resourceGroupName: '', sharedSpaceName: '', spaceName: '', kubeconfigId: ''


stage('create dev space') {
        aksName: <aks cluster name>, 
        azureCredentialsId: <ID of service principal credential>, 
        kubeconfigId: <ID of kubeconfig credential>, 
        resourceGroupName: <aks resource group>, 
        sharedSpaceName: <parent dev space name>, 
        spaceName: <aks namespace>

Clean up a dev space

Freestyle job

  1. In the job configuration screen, scroll down to Post-build Actions. Add a post-build action Cleanup dev spaces.

  2. Select an Azure credential, resource group, and AKS cluster.

  3. In Dev Space Name, enter the name of the dev space to clean uup.

  4. Select or add a Kubeconfig. See step 5, above, for details.

  5. Save the project and then build it.


The pipeline command to clean up (delete) a dev space is:

devSpacesCleanup aksName: '', azureCredentialsId: '', devSpaceName: '', resourceGroupName: '', kubeConfigID: '',  helmReleaseName: ''

helmReleaseName is optional. It is needed only if you deployed to the dev space using Helm.


stage('cleanup') {
        aksName: <aks cluster name>, 
        azureCredentialsId: <ID of service principal credential>, 
        devSpaceName: <name of dev space to delete>, 
        kubeConfigId: <ID of kubeconfig credential>, 
        resourceGroupName: <aks resource group>,
        helmReleaseName: <release name> 


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