Jenkins : Debian Package Builder Plugin

Plugin Information

View Debian Package Builder on the plugin site for more information.

The current version of this plugin may not be safe to use. Please review the following warnings before use:

This plugin helps building debian (.deb) packages

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Basic usage


Installing this plugin contributes following:

  • Build debian package build step
  • Publish debian packages post-build step
  • Debian package builder section in the global configuration
  • Debian package publisher section in the global configuration

The plugin uses global GPG key to build and sign .deb packages. It is configured in the Debian package builder section of the global configuration. The parameter names are pretty much self-descriptive:

Debian package publisher section configures available debian repositories to publish packages to:

The Advanced section configures SSH key to be used with SCPB method and extra SSH options (like -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no)


The Build debian package step has a main configuration parameter "Path to 'debian' catalog" that should point to a catalog that contains debian catalog.

For example, if checkout has structure like $WORKSPACE/myproject/util/debian/ you should use myproject/util as a configuration value.

By default, the build step will install all the requirements on its own, use pbuilder-satisfy-depends to install build-deps of a package and then use debuild to actually build package.

The package .deb will be added as a build artifact and badge with a version per backage built will be applied to the build:


The Publish debian packages post-build step uses debrealease to publish package and according .changes to the selected repository. The dupload.conf will be automatically generated with configured GPG account data and used keys.

Automatic version manipulation

Plugin is capable of automatically starting new package version upon build, recording recent changes and commiting it back to SCM.

However, the only supported SCM so far is Subversion due to the absence of commit capabilities in Jenkins SCM core classes.

To use it, check the "Generate changelog" box on the build step and "Commit changes back to repository" on the post-build step.

Upon build, it will:

  • start a new version, increasing last numeric component of version by 1 – i.e. version 1.2.8 will become 1.2.9;
  • if SCM is SVN, append revision number to the version number in form of '1.2.r12345', where 12345 is the revision;
  • record all the changes – from SVN revision history, starting from last recorded revision, or from Jenkins build history – to debian/changelog of a new version via dch;

To better handle failed builds, use 'Checkout fresh copy' SVN option (or similar for other SCM).

Known issues

Spaces in path

In versions prior to 1.3 there were issues with spaces in path, causing all kinds of errors. Problems in the plugin itself are fixed, however there are certain troubles in the debian build systems themselves, namely CDBS. See this issue on


Version 1.6.6 (Dec 26, 2014)

Thanks to the for PR

  • Fix race and leak (pr #35)

Version 1.6.5 (Nov 06, 2014)

  • Expand variables in pathToDebian (pr #34)

Version 1.6.2 (Aug 13, 2014)

  • Preserve distribution of package when starting new version

Version 1.6.1 (Aug 11, 2014)

Thanks to the and for PR

  • Put dupload config in home directory (pr #23)
  • Remove --distributor from dch invocation (pr #18)
  • Make gpg-signing optional (pr #15)
  • Switch to 1.509.4 LTS (pr #16)

Version 1.6.0 (May 16, 2014)

Thanks to the for PR

  • Fix/tweak changelog generation for git
  • Allow specifying explicitly new version for package

Version 1.5.7 (May 14, 2014)

Thanks to the and for PRs

  • Fix git commit in case of subdirectory checkouts
  • Add -y to all apt-get install commands
  • Various internal improvements and docs

Version 1.5.3 (January 17, 2014)

Thanks to the for PRs

  • Expanding environmental variables in DebianPackagePublisher's commitMessage
  • Exporting source package name to the build's environment variables

Version 1.5.2 (August 8, 2013)

  • Minor bugfix in git support

Version 1.5.1 (August 8, 2013)

  • Minimal support for git is introduced. Commit changes back to SCM now commits debian/changelog to the local git repository in order to allow Git publisher to push the branch to the origin.

Version 1.4.2 (March 21, 2013)

  • Minor fix to work with parametrized SVN URLs

Version 1.4 (Nov 7, 2012)

  • Minor fix to add '--no-tgz-check' debuild param

Version 1.3 (Oct 26, 2012)

  • Minor fixes to allow spaces in workspace path

Version 1.2 (Oct 22, 2012)

  • Initial version


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