Jenkins : Buckminster PlugIn

Plugin Information

View Buckminster on the plugin site for more information.

This PlugIn integrates Eclipse Buckminster as a new build step into Jenkins.


To use buckminster you need to configure at least one Buckminster installation. This is done in the Jenkins configuration. The easiest way to do this, is to use the 'Install automatically' feature. Enter a name for the Buckminster installation, select a version from the dropdown box and buckminster will be installed as needed when you run a buckminster build step. The installed buckminster will contain every feature from the respective headless update-site on as well as the 'subclipse' feature from

If you activate the 'update automatically' checkbox, a check for updates will be performed before a build gets executed. If features have been updated or new features get available, they will automatically provisioned into the buckminster installation.
If you have extended buckminster, simply want another feature configuration, or download from other repositories, you can customize the installation. Currently there is the following options available:

  1. Deactivate 'Install automatically' and enter the home path to an existing buckminster installation (usually a buckminster folder that contains a plugins/ and a features/ directory)
  2. Execute a shell script to fetch and configure buckminster
  3. Extract a preconfigred buckminster from an archive
  4. place a 'buckminster.json' file under JENKINS_HOME/userContent/buckminster to override the default installer configuration. The file must list all available buckminster versions, the URL to the p2 director application, the IU of the product to be provisioned as well as the p2 repositories and the features to install from these repositories. The file structure is defined as following:
              "name":"Buckminster 3.5",
    Once the instance is configured it can be used as a build step

Those screenshot show the setup for the Buckminster Hello XML World Example. Running it will produce the following result:

Target Platform Publisher (Experimental)

The Target Platform Publisher can be used to share a definition of an eclipse target platform between different projects that build eclipse plugins with buckminster. To make use of these capabilities you need to create a new job that creates a target platform first. This can be done for example with one or more MSPECs (detailed information on when and how to use MSPECs can be found in the Buckminster Book), or simply by downloading/copying an update-site or eclipse package to the workspace.

 Once the build is set for the target platform, you need to publish the created artifact. To do so, activate the Target Platform Publisher, enter the directory where your target platform can be found and give the artifact a name.

This will archive the target platform produced by the build and makes it available to other projects under the name 'MailApp Target Platform'. All other jobs that have a Buckminster build step may now choose from all published Target Platforms in the build-step configuration.

This will also introduce the project that creates the target platform as an upstream project of the job that depends on the target platform:



  • If a perform command is executed, the PlugIn sets the property buckminster.output.root to JOB_WORKSPACE/buckminster.output to make all artifacts appear in the actual job workspace.
  • The working and data directory of buckminster is set to the directory of the job workspace. This is especially useful if you want your code to be checked out with Jenkins and only do a local resolution of the already checked-out source code from within buckminster.

Known Limitations

  • So far the Buckminster PlugIn works only for freestyle and matrix projects.
  • When using the Target Platform Publisher you need to make sure that the job that's exporting the Target Platform runs on the same node as the jobs that make use of it.


Version 1.1.1 (17.02.2013)

  • fixed JENKINS-13218 - Can't add build step on current Jenkins
  • fixed JENKINS-10089 - Recent versions of Buckminster (3.7 and 4.2) can now be installed in Jenkins configuration
  • help contents is visible when Jenkins is installed on Tomcat

Version 1.0.8 (15.01.2011)

  • fixed JENKINS-8186 - Version Property not available in Buckminster Plugin  1.0.5
  • fixed JENKINS-8459 - Add way of passing arbitrary options to the equinox launchers

Version 1.0.4 (09.10.2010)

  • fixed JENKINS-7118 - Add a field where the path to a global property file can be specified
  • fixed JENKINS-7037 - Check if Buckmister_3.x/directory is available
  • fixed JENKINS-7672 - Missing help text for "Path to Target Platform"

Version 1.0.3 (11.05.2010)

  • Fixed JENKINS-6488 (Buckminster doesn't inherit environment variables)

Version 1.0.2 (06.04.2010)

  • Fix for Buckminster invocation (see Bug#287575 for details)

Version 1.0.1 (02.04.2010)

  • Several fixes for Distributed Builds and Windows Nodes
  • Fixed a NullPointerException during Form validation

Version 1.0.0 (27.03.2010)

  • Distributed Builds (Master/Slave) are now supported
  • Buckminster Installations can now be updated automatically every time you run a build. See JENKINS-6065 for details.

Version 0.9.5 (24.03.2010)

  • it's now possible to configure the buckminster workspace, buckminster.temp.root and buckminster.output.root JENKINS-6040
  • Instead of entering commands in the text area you can now also specify a script file in the workspace JENKINS-6038
  • fixed JENKINS-6039 
  • fixed JENKINS-5971

Version 0.9.4 (22.03.2010)

  • Support for automatic Tool installation from
  • Support for automatic Tool installation from custom sources or custom feature configurations

Version 0.9.3 (10.12.2009)

  • fixed JENKINS-5004 - Plugin relies on 'java' being in the system path

Version 0.9.2 (25.11.2009)

  • fixed JENKINS-4947 - WORKSPACE variable not working on windows systems

Version 0.9.1 (06.08.2009)

  • fixed Issue 4171 - Target Platform Publisher fails for Matrix Projects

Version 0.9 (03.08.2009)

  • added a target platform publisher (experimental)
  • canceling builds should now work properly 

Version 0.8.4 (23.07.2009)

  • Set buckminster.temp.root to $workspace/buckminster.temp
  • Property expansion for additional properties of each eclipse installation (hudson configuration)

Version 0.8.3 (17.07.2009)

  • Support for Matrix Jobs (thanks to Carsten Reckord)

Version 0.7.1 (11.07.2009)

  • The build step configuration contains a new advanced section to add additional JVM parameters
  • Ant-style property expansion works now in commands and JVM parameters (Hudson environment variables can be used that way)

Version 0.6 (19.06.2009)

Initial release


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