Skytap Cloud CI

The Jenkins project announced an unresolved security vulnerability affecting the current version of this plugin (why?):

This plugin allows you to use Jenkins to run continuous integration and automated testing workflows using dynamically-created development and testing environments in Skytap

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The Skytap Cloud CI Plugin for Jenkins allows you to create and configure Skytap Cloud environments as part of your Jenkins-based continuous integration workflow. 

In a matter of minutes, you can create a Skytap virtual environment from a golden template and then use that environment to develop your application or run test passes for unit testing, functional testing, integration testing, stress/performance testing or user acceptance testing. All of the VM and network settings are saved with the template, so once you've created an environment, the network is already set up and you're ready to go. 

With Skytap Cloud CI Plugin for Jenkins, you can add the following actions to your Jenkins build steps:

Before You Begin

To use the Skytap Cloud CI Plugin for Jenkins, you must have a Skytap account.

If you do not have a Skytap account, you can sign up for a demo account at

Step 1: Installing the Skytap Cloud CI Plugin for Jenkins

You can install the plugin from the Jenkins web UI, or you can download the plugin from the plugin repository. 

Option 1:
To install the plugin from the Jenkins Web UI:

  1. Navigate to the Jenkins Manage Plugins page.
  2. Select the Available tab and filter for “Skytap”
  3. Select the “Install” checkbox next to “Skytap Cloud CI Plugin for Jenkins.”
  4. Click Download now and install after restart.

Option 2:
To install the plugin from the Jenkins plugin repository:

  1. Download the "skytap.hpi" plugin file from the Jenkins plugin repository.
  2. Navigate to the Jenkins Manage Plugins page.
  3. Select the Advanced tab.
  4. From the “Upload Plugin” section, click Choose File
  5. Navigate to the downloaded plugin file (skytap.hpi) and select it. 
  6. Click Upload
  7. After the plugin is uploaded, restart Jenkins by navigating to http://_your-jenkins-server_/jenkins/restart
  8. Click Yes to confirm.

Step 2: Configuring the Plugin

To configure the plugin, you will need to enter to your Skytap credentials. Optionally, you can also enable verbose logging.

  1. To enter your Skytap credentials:## Navigate to the configuration page for your Jenkins build project.## Under Build Environment, enter your Skytap User ID and API security token. 
    NOTE: You can retrieve your user ID (user name) and API security token from your Skytap account settings page ( If you do not have an API security token listed, use the instructions at to enable API security tokens in your account.
  2. To enable verbose logging for Skytap actions:##  Navigate to Manage Jenkins > Configure System.
    ## In the Skytap Cloud Plugin settings, select Enable Console Logging of Skytap Actions
    Logs will be sent to the Jenkins Project build console.

Step 3: Adding Skytap Actions to Your Build Steps

Once the plugin is installed and configured, you can add Skytap actions to your Jenkins build steps:

  1. Navigate to the Jenkins Project Configuration screen.
  2. From the Add build step dropdown menu, select Execute Skytap Action
  3. Select an available action:
  4. Enter any required parameters. For a description of each action and the required parameters, see the sections below. 

Reference: Skytap Actions and Required Parameters

NOTE: If you see different action names, please update the Skytap Cloud CI Plugin to the latest version.

Add Environment to Project

This action adds a Skytap environment to a Skytap project.



Add Template to Project

This action adds a Skytap template to a Skytap project.


Change Environment State

This action will run, suspend, or shut down a Skytap environment.


Connect to Network in another Environment (ICNR)

This action connects two networks in different Skytap environments. The networks must already be configured to allow an Inter-Configuration Network Routing (ICNR) connection to occur. 


NOTE: If there is more than one network in the environment with the specified name (not recommended), the plugin will use the first network encountered in the metadata associated with the environment.

Connect to VPN Tunnel

This action will connect a Skytap environment to a Skytap VPN.


Create Environment from Template

This action creates a Skytap environment from a Skytap template.


Create Sharing Portal

This action creates a Sharing Portal for a Skytap environment.


Create Published Service

This action creates a Published Service port opening on a VM's network adapter. This is commonly used to open RDP or SSH access to a VM.


Create Template from Environment

This action creates a Skytap template from a Skytap environment.


Delete Environment

This action deletes a Skytap environment.


List Sharing Portal for Environment

This action returns the address for an existing sharing portal in a Skytap environment.


List VM Published Service

This action returns the "public-URL:port-number" for an existing published service in a Skytap environment.


Merge Template into Environment

This action will copy VMs from a Skytap template into a Skytap environment.