Pipeline: Shared Groovy Libraries through HTTP retrieval

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The current official plugin workflow-cps-global-lib does provide a way to retrieve shared libraries through a SCM, such as Git. The goal of this plugin is to provide another way to retrieve shared libraries via the @Library declaration in a Jenkinsfile.

This is a way to separate two concerns : source code (SCM) and built artefacts (binaries). Built artefacts are immutable, tagged and often stored on a different kind of infrastructure. Since pipelines can be used to make production loads, it makes sense to host the libraries on a server with a production-level SLA for example. You can also make sure that your artefact repository is close to your pipelines and share the same SLA. Having your Jenkins and your artefact repository close limits latency and limits network issues.


The HTTP shared libraries retriever was implemented to retrieve shared libraries through HTTP (or HTTPs) instead of a SCM.

Installation of the plugin

Installing from source

You can follow the steps hereafter to install the plugin:

Installing from artefact

Installing from the Plugins site

The plugin is referenced as an official plugin in the Jenkins update site, so you should be able to use the integrated search in the Plugin section.

To install the plugin manually

You can find the archives of all the version of the Plugin on the Update site. You can also Download the wished plugin release from the Github releases section. The, go to the Jenkins Administration Plugins UI > Advanced section and upload the plugin .hpi file.

How to use the plugin

Pre-requisite: package the library

In order to be able to use this plugin, you need to package your library (probably durng a Continuous Integration build) and publish it in a location accessible via HTTPS. You should end up with a ZIP file with the following structure:

> unzip -vl pipeline-libraries.zip
Archive:  pipeline-libraries.zip
 Length   Method    Size  Cmpr    Date    Time   CRC-32   Name
--------  ------  ------- ---- ---------- ----- --------  ----
     xxx  Defl:N      xxx  37% 03-21-2019 12:14 7d354e1f  resources/a-rsc-needed
    xxxx  Defl:N     xxxx  68% 03-21-2019 12:14 fefba77f  src/your/package/YourGroovyClass.groovy
     xxx  Defl:N      xxx  33% 03-21-2019 12:14 5b6808ab  vars/yourvar.groovy
     xxx  Defl:N      xxx  39% 03-21-2019 12:14 5842cc52  vars/yourvar.txt
      xx  Defl:N       xx  -7% 03-21-2019 12:19 1bd0fa25  version.txt
--------          -------  ---                            -------
  xxxxxx           xxxxxx  x%                            n files

If you want to package it like this with maven, you can use the following. In your pom.xml


The assembly.xml file:

<assembly xmlns="http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/assembly/1.1.3"
  xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven.apache.org/plugins/maven-assembly-plugin/assembly/1.1.3 http://maven.apache.org/xsd/assembly-1.1.3.xsd">






The plugin supports only ZIP shared libraries format for the moment.

Setup of the plugin

The plugin is configurable on the Jenkins UI, at different levels:

  • On Global System Configuration page (Administration)
  • On Folder Configuration page
  • On Pipeline Configuration page

Jenkins administrators can set global libraries on the Administration page, while Jenkins users can set libraries either on the Folder view or on the Pipeline view.

The generic documentation to reference a new shared library can be found here.

In the Jenkins UI

In Administration / Folder / Pipeline configuration views:

  • Go to the Global Pipeline Libraries section and add a new library. You should see 3 different retrieval methods: HTTP, Modern SCM and Legacy SCM.
  • Give it a name and a default version
  • Decide if you want to load it implicitly or not Administration UI
  • Provide the URL and the credentials (only if needed) used to retrieve the shared libraries:

In our case, we provide an Artifactory URL that retrieves shared libraries source code packaged into a zip archive.

The URL of the HTTP retriever is version-dynamic, it follows the Jenkins standard annotation ${library.<library_name>.version} that is afterwards replaced either by the default version provided by the admin, or the version specified by the user Jenkinsfile in the @Library annotation.

Directly in the Jenkinsfile

Users can also retrieve shared libraries from their Jenkinsfile, by defining it with this syntax:

library identifier: 'external-shared-libraries@4.1.0', retriever: http(
   credentialsId: 'CREDS_ID',
   httpURL: 'https://my-artifactory.com/mvn-repository/path/to/libraries/external-shared-libraries/${library.external-shared-libraries.version}/external-shared-libraries-${library.external-shared-libraries.version}.zip')


You can contribute to this plugin by retrieving the source and following the official Jenkins plugin tutorial to install, run, test and package it.

Release process

You're a maintainer of this repository and need to release a fix? Please follow the instructions below:

  • Make sure you fulfilled the requirements that can be found here
  • Be sure to be connected to no VPN to have SSH connection working
  • Be sure to have no mirror defined in your global settings.xml (if needed pass --global-settings an-empty-settings.xml as an addditional parameter)
  • Place yourself on the master branch of the jenkinsci fork
  • mvn release:prepare and let the plugin increase the patch number (or increase yourself the minor or major)
  • mvn release:perform
  • If things go wrong mvn release:clean
  • Update the Wiki release notes

This project is licensed under the terms of the MIT license.