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Generic Webhook Trigger
1.37Minimum Jenkins requirement: 2.7.4ID: generic-webhook-trigger

This plugin allows any webhook to trigger a build in Jenkins with variables contributed from the JSON/XML.

This is a Jenkins plugin that can:

  1. Receive any HTTP request, JENKINS_URL/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke
  2. Extract values
    1. From POST content with JSONPath or XPath
    2. From the query parameters
    3. From the headers
  3. Contribute those values as variables to the build

There is an optional feature to trigger jobs only if a supplied regular expression matches the extracted variables. Here is an example, let's say the post content looks like this:

POST content
  "before": "1848f1236ae15769e6b31e9c4477d8150b018453",
  "after": "5cab18338eaa83240ab86c7b775a9b27b51ef11d",
  "ref": "refs/heads/develop"

Then you can have a variable, resolved from post content, named reference of type JSONPath and with expression like $.ref . The optional filter text can be set to $reference and the filter regexp set to ^(refs/heads/develop|refs/heads/feature/.+)$ to trigger builds only for develop and feature-branches.

There are more examples of use cases here.

It can trigger on any webhook, like:

The original use case was to build merge/pull requests. You may use the Git Plugin as described in this blog post to do that. There is also an example of this on the Violation Comments to GitLab Plugin page.

You may want to report back to the invoking system. HTTP Request Plugin is a very convenient plugin for that.

If a node is selected, then all leafs in that node will be contributed. If a leaf is selected, then only that leaf will be contributed.

Trigger only specific job

When using the plugin in several jobs, you will have the same URL trigger all jobs. If you want to trigger only a certain job you can:

  • Use the token-parameter and have different tokens for different jobs. Using only the token means only jobs with that exact token will be visible for that request. This will increase performance and reduce responses of each invocation.
  • Or, add some request parameter (or header, or post content) and use the regexp filter to trigger only if that parameter has a specific value.


There is a special token parameter. When supplied, it is used with BuildAuthorizationToken to authenticate.

It might be a good idea to have a different token for each job. Then only that job will be visible for that request. This will increase performance and reduce responses of each invocation.

The token can be supplied as a:

  • Request parameter: 

    Authenticated Curl
    curl -vs http://localhost:8080/jenkins/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke?token=abc123 2>&1
  • Token header:

    Authenticated Curl
    curl -vs -H "token: abc123" http://localhost:8080/jenkins/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke 2>&1
  • Authorization header of type Bearer :

    Authenticated Curl
    curl -vs -H "Authorization: Bearer abc123" http://localhost:8080/jenkins/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke 2>&1


There are websites to help fiddle with the expressions. You may want to checkout:

It's probably easiest to do with curl. Given that you have configured a Jenkins job to trigger on Generic Webhook, here are some examples of how to start the jobs.

curl -vs http://localhost:8080/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke 2>&1

This may start your job, if you have enabled "Allow anonymous read access" in global security config. If it does not, check the Jenkins log. It may say something like this.

Jenkins log
INFO: Did not find any jobs to trigger! The user invoking /generic-webhook-trigger/invoke must have read permission to any jobs that should be triggered.

And to authenticate in the request you may use a *token*, or try this:

Authenticated Curl
curl -vs http://username:password@localhost:8080/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke 2>&1

If you want to trigger with some post content, curl can dot that like this.

Authenticated Curl
curl -v -H "Content-Type: application/json" -X POST -d '{ "app":{ "name":"GitHub API", "url":"http://developer.github.com/v3/oauth/" }}' http://localhost:8080/jenkins/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke?token=sometoken


If you need the resolved values in pre build steps, like git clone, you need to add a parameter with the same name as the variable.


This plugin can be used with the Job DSL Plugin. There is also an example in Violation Comments to GitLab Plugin wiki page.

job('Generic Job Example') {
 parameters {
  stringParam('VARIABLE_FROM_POST', '')

 triggers {
  genericTrigger {
   genericVariables {
    genericVariable {
     expressionType("JSONPath") //Optional, defaults to JSONPath
     regexpFilter("") //Optional, defaults to empty string
     defaultValue("") //Optional, defaults to empty string
   genericRequestVariables {
    genericRequestVariable {
   genericHeaderVariables {
    genericHeaderVariable {

 steps {
echo $requestParameterName
echo $requestHeaderName

Pipeline multibranch

This plugin can be used with the Pipeline Multibranch Plugin. Here is an example:

With a scripted Jenkinsfile like this:

Scripted pipeline example
node {
   [$class: 'GenericTrigger',
    genericVariables: [
     [expressionType: 'JSONPath', key: 'reference', value: '$.ref'],
      key: 'before',
      value: '$.before',
      expressionType: 'JSONPath', //Optional, defaults to JSONPath
      regexpFilter: '', //Optional, defaults to empty string
      defaultValue: '' //Optional, defaults to empty string
    genericRequestVariables: [
     [key: 'requestWithNumber', regexpFilter: '[^0-9]'],
     [key: 'requestWithString', regexpFilter: '']
    genericHeaderVariables: [
     [key: 'headerWithNumber', regexpFilter: '[^0-9]'],
     [key: 'headerWithString', regexpFilter: '']
    printContributedVariables: true,
    printPostContent: true,
    regexpFilterText: '',
    regexpFilterExpression: ''

 stage("build") {
  sh '''
  echo Variables from shell:
  echo reference $reference
  echo before $before
  echo requestWithNumber $requestWithNumber
  echo requestWithString $requestWithString
  echo headerWithNumber $headerWithNumber
  echo headerWithString $headerWithString

With a declarative Jenkinsfile like this:


Declarative pipeline example
pipeline {
  agent any
  triggers {
     genericVariables: [
      [key: 'ref', value: '$.ref']
     causeString: 'Triggered on $ref',
     regexpFilterExpression: '',
     regexpFilterText: '',
     printContributedVariables: true,
     printPostContent: true
  stages {
    stage('Some step') {
      steps {
        sh "echo $ref"



It can be triggered with something like:

Pipeline example
curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -H "headerWithNumber: nbr123" -H "headerWithString: a b c" -d '{ "before": "1848f12", "after": "5cab1", "ref": "refs/heads/develop" }' -vs http://admin:admin@localhost:8080/jenkins/generic-webhook-trigger/invoke?requestWithNumber=nbr%20123\&requestWithString=a%20string

And the job will have this in the log:

Pipeline example
Contributing variables:

    headerWithString_0 = a b c
    requestWithNumber_0 = 123
    reference = refs/heads/develop
    headerWithNumber = 123
    requestWithNumber = 123
    before = 1848f12
    requestWithString_0 = a string
    headerWithNumber_0 = 123
    headerWithString = a b c
    requestWithString = a string



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