Installing Docker inside Jenkins’s Docker Container


The application Docker makes it easier to manage application processes in containers. You can run your applications in resource-isolated processes with containers. Containers are similar to virtual machines, but they are more mobile, use fewer resources, and rely more on the host operating system.

Jenkins is an automation server that is free to use. It facilitates continuous integration and delivery by automating the building, testing, and deployment phases of software development. It is a server-based system that runs in Apache Tomcat and other servlet containers.


  • Up and running Docker instance.
  • Basic knowledge of Jenkins and docker understanding.

Step 1: Create Custom Dockerfile

We need to build a custom Jenkins docker images with docker engine, So that’s why we need to use the following steps.

To create a directory.

mkdir custom_jenkins && cd custom_jenkins 

To create a Dockerfile.

nano Dockerfile

Paste the following command.

FROM jenkins/jenkins:lts
USER root
RUN apt-get update -qq \
    && apt-get install -qqy apt-transport-https ca-certificates curl gnupg2 software-properties-common
RUN curl -fsSL | apt-key add -
RUN add-apt-repository \
   "deb [arch=amd64] \
   $(lsb_release -cs) \
RUN apt-get update  -qq \
    && apt-get -y install docker-ce
RUN usermod -aG docker jenkins

Step 2: Build Custom Jenkins Image

We are ready to build the custom jenkins docker image with docker engine by following given command.

To build custom jenkins docker image with named “jenkinsdocker”

sudo docker build -t jenkinsdocker:latest .

Step 3: Deploy Jenkins Docker Container

Once the docker image got build So then we can start uisng custom jenkins docker container that will perform the docker based tasks.

Jenkins can be configured right away by running the image, however if you do that, you won’t be able to:

Save Jenkins settings and information. Dockerize an application with the Jenkins container when the container is stopped, restarted, or removed since the custom Jenkins image YOU does not contain the Docker daemon, which is necessary to generate and push images.
archival Jenkins data

enabling the Jenkins container’s use of the Docker daemon /var/run/docker.sock

Jenkins volume configuration to store Jenkins’s data, you need to create an explicit volume for Jenkins on your host machine. To do that, add this argument -v jenkins_home:/var/jenkins_home when running the custom Jenkins image.

To accomplish this, link the Jenkins container’s Docker CLI to the host machine’s Docker daemon using given command.

docker run -it -p 8080:8080 -p 50000:50000 -v jenkins_home:/var/jenkins_home -v /var/run/docker.sock:/var/run/docker.sock jenkinsdocker:latest

Step 4: Accessing Jenkins

Open the browser with localhost:8080 and setup the Admin user creds and suggested plugins.

Now Jenkins asking for the initialAdminPassword, You need to execute the following command to get password.

sudo docker logs <TYPE_Jenkins_Container_ID>

You should get out put like this.

In the Customize Jenkins web page you need to select an option to install suggested plugin or select plugin, Choose as per your requirment.

In my case, I am selecting suggested plug-in’s, You should get out-put like this.

After that you will be asked to create your admin account with jenkins like this.

Update your Jenkins URL, If you want to access from network So then you need to replace localhost to jenkins’s machine IP address.

After this you should get start using Jenkins message on your screen.

and then you should get Jenkins’s dashboard like this.

Step 5: Build and Push Docker Images

To test docker in Jenkins container, We need to execute the docker command like docker info, If able to docker information with Jenkins So thats mean docker installation done inside Jenkins container.

Follow the given steps.

  • Create a free styple project with any name like Check_Docker_Version
  • Choose Execute Shell in Build Step section
  • Put the docker info
  • Run the Check_Docker_Version Job

If everything going good so then you should get out put like this.

tarted by user Aftab
Running as SYSTEM
Building in workspace /var/jenkins_home/workspace/Check_Docker_version
[Check_Docker_version] $ /bin/sh -xe /tmp/
+ docker info
 Context:    default
 Debug Mode: false
  buildx: Docker Buildx (Docker Inc.)
    Version:  v0.10.2
    Path:     /usr/libexec/docker/cli-plugins/docker-buildx
  compose: Docker Compose (Docker Inc.)
    Version:  v2.15.1
    Path:     /usr/libexec/docker/cli-plugins/docker-compose
  scan: Docker Scan (Docker Inc.)
    Version:  v0.23.0
    Path:     /usr/libexec/docker/cli-plugins/docker-scan

 Containers: 1
  Running: 1
  Paused: 0
  Stopped: 0
 Images: 105
 Server Version: 20.10.18
 Storage Driver: overlay2
  Backing Filesystem: extfs
  Supports d_type: true
  Native Overlay Diff: true
  userxattr: false
 Logging Driver: json-file
 Cgroup Driver: systemd
 Cgroup Version: 2
  Volume: local
  Network: bridge host ipvlan macvlan null overlay
  Log: awslogs fluentd gcplogs gelf journald json-file local logentries splunk syslog
 Swarm: inactive
 Runtimes: io.containerd.runc.v2 io.containerd.runtime.v1.linux runc
 Default Runtime: runc
 Init Binary: docker-init
 containerd version: 9cd3357b7fd7218e4aec3eae239db1f68a5a6ec6
 runc version: v1.1.4-0-g5fd4c4d
 init version: de40ad0
 Security Options:
   Profile: default
 Kernel Version: 5.15.0-48-generic
 Operating System: Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS
 OSType: linux
 Architecture: x86_64
 CPUs: 4
 Total Memory: 7.605GiB
 Name: VivoBook
 Docker Root Dir: /var/lib/docker
 Debug Mode: false
 Experimental: false
 Insecure Registries:
 Live Restore Enabled: false

Finished: SUCCESS

In order build docker images, You can use the given link.


We have successfully Installed Docker inside in Jenkins’s Docker Container, If you still have questions, please post them in the comments section below.


Installing Docker inside Jenkins’s Docker Container

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