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How to move Jenkins from one PC to another

Following the Jenkins wiki, you'll have to:

  • Install a fresh Jenkins instance on the new server
  • Be sure the old and the new Jenkins instances are stopped
  • Archive all the content of the JENKINS_HOME of the old Jenkins instance
  • Extract the archive into the new JENKINS_HOME directory
  • Launch the new Jenkins instance
  • Do not forget to change documentation/links to your new instance of Jenkins :)
  • Do not forget to change the owner of the new Jenkins files : chown -R jenkins:jenkins $JENKINS_HOME

JENKINS_HOME is by default located in ~/.jenkins on a Linux installation, yet to exactly find where it is located, go on the http://your_jenkins_url/configure page and check the value of the first parameter: Home directory; this is the JENKINS_HOME.