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Say hello to Blue Ocean 1.0

James Dumay
April 5, 2017

Back in May 2016 we announced our intent to rethink the Jenkins User experience with the Blue Ocean project and today the Jenkins project are pleased to announce the general availability of Blue Ocean 1.0.

Blue Ocean is an entirely new, modern and fun way for developers to use Jenkins that has been built from the ground up to help teams of any size approach Continuous Delivery. Easily installed as a plugin for Jenkins and integrated with Jenkins Pipeline, it is available from today for production use.

Since the start of the beta at Jenkins World 2016 in September there are now over 7400+ installations making use of Blue Ocean. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of the entire Jenkins developer and user community - so thank you for your support!

Blue Ocean is available today from the update center and also as a Docker image - why not give it a try?

Visual Pipeline Editing - Team members of any skill level can create continuous delivery pipelines from start to finish, with just several clicks, using the intuitive, visual pipeline editor. Any pipeline created with the visual editor can also be edited in your favorite text editor bringing all the benefits of Pipeline as Code.


Pipeline Visualization - Developers can visually represent pipelines in a way that anyone on the team can understand - even your boss’s boss - improving clarity into the continuous delivery process for the whole organization. The visualization helps you focus on what the pipeline does, not how it does it.

Pipeline visualization

Pinpoint Troubleshooting - Blue Ocean enables developers to locate automation problems instantly, without endlessly scanning through logs or navigating through many screens, so you can get back to building the next big thing.

Pinpoint Troubleshooting

GitHub and Git Integration - Pipelines are created for all feature branches and pull requests, with their status reported back to GitHub. The whole team has visibility into whether changes need work or are good to go.

Github integration

Personalization – Every team member can make Jenkins their own by customizing the dashboard so that they only see those pipelines that matter to them. Favoriting any pipeline or branch in Blue Ocean will show a favourite card on the dashboard so you can see its status at a glance.

Personalized dashboard

Just one more thing – I’d like to pay special thanks to:

  • The Core team – to Keith Zantow, Thorsten Scherler, Tom Fennelly, Ivan Meredith, Josh McDonald, Vivek Pandey, Brody Maclean and Cliff Meyers. Each of and everyone of you have brought your own passion, expertise and flair to the project – and it shows. It’s been crazy fun and I hope working on Blue Ocean is something you look back on fondly.

  • Jenkins Developers past and present – we recognise that we are standing on the shoulders of giants and none of this wouldn’t be possible without your hard work and dedication to free & open source software and Jenkins. Here’s to the next 10 years 🍻 !

  • CloudBees – in particular, Sacha Labourey (CEO), Harpreet Singh (VP of Product) and Spike Washburn (VP of Engineering) whose dedication to Jenkins, Open Source and continued faith in the vision and team made all of this possible, and of course Bob Bickel (Advisor) who dared us to dream big.

  • Michael Neale – who drank all the kool-aide and is just as obsessed with and dedicated to Blue Ocean as I am. This project would never have shipped without his hand steady at the tiller. I couldn’t ask for a better friend and partner-in-crime.

  • Tyler Croy – for guiding the project and myself on how to do open source The Right Way™. Tyler works tirelessly behind the scenes to to make Jenkins awesome and it wouldn’t be possible to keep this show running without his help and sage-like advice.

  • Kohsuke Kawaguchi – For creating Jenkins, getting Blue Ocean off of the ground, his tour of Tokyo and above all, his trust.

  • Jenkins Users – your enthusiasm for better development tools which kept our spirits and momentum up when the days grew long and things looked tough. We couldn’t ask for a better, more appreciative or passionate group of people. Hopefully we’ve done our job and you can get back to building your next big thing!

Next stop, some well needed rest & recovery then back to to making Jenkins one of the experiences for software developers worldwide!

If you’re interested in joining us to make Blue Ocean a great user experience for Jenkins, please join the Blue Ocean development team on link:!

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