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Installing Jenkins as a Windows service

Install Jenkins as a Windows service:

If you installed Jenkins using the windows installer, you shouldn’t need to do anything else here because the windows installer automatically runs Jenkins as a windows service.

First, you need to start Jenkins before installing it. This can be done from JNLP, or by running “java -jar jenkins.war“.

Now connect to Jenkins by going to the following URL http://<hostname>:8080/ (hostname can be localhost / IP address / machine name) Once Jenkins is started this way, look for the “Install as Windows Service” link in the “Manage Jenkins” page.

Install Jenkins as a Windows service
Install as service

Clicking this (Install as Windows Service) link shows you the installation screen

The “Install as Windows Service” link indicated above will not appear if Jenkins is already running as a service on the machine. As you can see below image

Installation service as window

You can verify that Jenkins is running as a service by launching the Services app from the Windows Start Menu and looking for a running service called “jenkins” (default service name for Jenkins) among the list of all windows services running on the machine.

Choose the directory where Jenkins shall be installed (directory must already exist. If not create it beforehand). This will become JENKINS_HOME and used to store data files and programs alike.

Upon successful completion of the installation, you should see a page asking you to restart Jenkins

Installation Complete

This is to re-launch Jenkins as a newly installed Windows service. When you click yes, you’ll be asked to wait until the restart completes:

At this point you can use the service manager to confirm that Jenkins is running as a service.

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Jenkins window service

Now you Jenkins restart itself whenever you system reboot.

In the new blog post, we will learn how to start and stop service manually. and Install more than one Jenkins. Stay tuned.