Build Token Root Plugin

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Lets build and related REST build triggers be accessed even when anonymous users cannot see Jenkins.

Plugin Information

Plugin ID build-token-root Changes In Latest Release
Since Latest Release
Latest Release
Latest Release Date
Required Core
1.2 (archives)
Mar 08, 2015
Source Code
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Jesse Glick (id: jglick)
Usage Installations 2014-Mar 601
2014-Apr 673
2014-May 781
2014-Jun 826
2014-Jul 909
2014-Aug 1001
2014-Sep 1100
2014-Oct 1185
2014-Nov 1236
2014-Dec 1245
2015-Jan 1341
2015-Feb 1458


The use case is that Jenkins is secured so that anonymous users lack overall read permissions. Say you want to triggers builds of certain jobs from a script. You can pick a sufficiently authenticated user and use that person’s API token to POST to job/NAME/build. But this grants that person’s full permissions to anyone who can see the script, which is hazardous.

The usual workaround for this issue is to define a build authorization token in job configuration, and have the script ping job/NAME/build?token=SECRET. Unfortunately Jenkins checks URIs hierarchically and just getting as far as job/NAME/ requires authentication.

This plugin offers an alternate URI pattern which is not subject to the usual overall or job read permissions. Just ping buildByToken/build?job=NAME&token=SECRET. This URI is accessible to anonymous users regardless of security setup, so you only need the right token.

(The variant sub-URIs buildWithParameters and polling are also supported, as is the usual delay query parameter.)

To create a token for your job, go to the job configuration, select "Trigger Builds Remotely" in the build triggers section.  The token you set here is what you will pass via the url.


Trigger the RevolutionTest job with the token TacoTuesday


Trigger the RevolutionTest job with the token TacoTuesday and parameter Type supplied with the value Mexican



Version 1.2 (2015 Mar 08)

Version 1.1 (2014 Feb 10)

  • Added logging to make it easier to diagnose why a given request was rejected. As a Jenkins admin, create a logger covering org.jenkinsci.plugins.build_token_root at FINE or below.

Version 1.0 (2013 May 14)

  • Initial release.


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