GitHub PR Comment Build

NOTE: This plugin is incompatible with version 2.177 of Jenkins. Upgrading to 2.260 solves the issue. Please see #24 for more information.

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About this plugin

This plugin listens for comments on pull requests and will trigger a GitHub multibranch job if a comment body matches the configured value, such as "rerun the build". This is implemented as a branch property on multibranch jobs.


For the plugin to work your multibranch job must use one of the "Discover pull requests from..." behaviors. For example: GitHub Multibranch PR Behavior

To enable the plugin's functionality, simply add one or more of the branch properties from this plugin to the multibranch job and configure the regular expression to match against the comment body.

GitHub Multibranch Job Configuration

Please ensure that you have a GitHub server properly connected via the Jenkins configuration, or else the plugin will not operate correctly.

Regular expression matching

The regex is not surrounded with any markers and uses the Pattern.CASE_INSENSITIVE and Pattern.DOTALL Java flags.

For example, ^rerun the build$ only matches comments that contain no other text besides "rerun the build" (case insensitive), while rebuild would match comments such as

rebuild this


Commence the rebuilding

If no pattern is provided, ^REBUILD$ is used.

Untrusted Builds

This plugin only triggers builds from trusted users. This is an incompatible change since July 2022 releases of the plugin. If you would like untrusted users to be able to trigger builds, check the "Allow Untrusted Users" checkbox. Use this feature with caution because it may open up security issues with your Jenkins infrastructure.

GitHub organization folders

When using the GitHub organization folders approach to creating multibranch pipeline jobs, the branch properties may not be edited according to design. Instead, use the functionality built into the GitHub Plugin with using the issueCommentTrigger in your pipeline script. This works in a similar way to this plugin. The main advantage of this plugin is that it may be used from the Job DSL plugin to create jobs with this branch property already added (in the case when you don't trust pipeline scripts, etc).


Latest (Post September 20, 2021)

Incremental Releases

Releases starting with 58.v945be9f1661f have been moved to incremental versioning. See the release history and log on the releases page.

Older releases

2.2 (November 6, 2020)

Add GitHub comment body in the cause object when a build is triggered (thanks to @jebentier for PR #25).

2.0 (June 15, 2017)

Support newer SCM/branch source plugins. Use this release if you are using the 2.x releases of the SCM API-related plugins.

1.1 (March 6, 2017)

Add support for building a job when a PR title or body is updated as well by using a separate branch property.

1.0 (January 23, 2017)

Initial release

Plugin maintenance

Releasing new versions

Use the instructions found in the Jenkins docs for GitHub releases. The main point here is to make sure the PR that releases a new feature has the "enhancement" label on it, and this will automatically trigger a new release.