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Deploy Apps in a Multi-cluster Project Using a Jenkinsfile


Create a Docker Hub Access Token

  1. Log in to Docker Hub, click your account in the upper-right corner, and select Account Settings from the menu.

  2. Click Security in the left navigation pane and then click New Access Token.

  3. In the displayed dialog box, enter a token name (go-project-token) and click Create.

  4. Click Copy and Close and make sure you save the access token.

Create Credentials

You need to create credentials in KubeSphere for the access token created so that the pipeline can interact with Docker Hub for pushing images. Besides, you also need to create kubeconfig credentials for the access to the Kubernetes cluster.

  1. Log in to the web console of KubeSphere as project-regular. In your DevOps project, go to Credentials under DevOps Project Settings and then click Create on the Credentials page.

  2. In the displayed dialog box, set a Name, which is used later in the Jenkinsfile, and select Username and password for Type. Enter your Docker Hub account name for Username and the access token just created for Password/Token. When you finish, click OK.


    For more information about how to create credentials, see Credential Management.
  3. Log out of the KubeSphere web console and log back in as project-admin. Go to your DevOps project and click Create in Credentials. Select kubeconfig for Type. Note that KubeSphere automatically populates the Content field, which is the kubeconfig of the current account. Set a Name and click OK.


    In future releases, you will be able to invite the account project-regular to your multi-cluster project and grant it the necessary role to create the kubeconfig credentials.

Create a Pipeline

With the above credentials ready, you can use the user project-regular to create a pipeline with an example Jenkinsfile as below.

  1. To create a pipeline, click Create on the Pipelines page.

  2. Set a name in the displayed dialog box and click Next.

  3. In this tutorial, you can use default values for all the fields. On the Advanced Settings tab, click Create.

Edit the Jenkinsfile

  1. In the pipeline list, click this pipeline to go to its details page. Click Edit Jenkinsfile to define a Jenkinsfile and your pipeline runs based on it.

  2. Copy and paste all the content below to the displayed dialog box as an example Jenkinsfile for your pipeline. You must replace the value of DOCKERHUB_USERNAME, DOCKERHUB_CREDENTIAL, KUBECONFIG_CREDENTIAL_ID, MULTI_CLUSTER_PROJECT_NAME, and MEMBER_CLUSTER_NAME with yours. When you finish, click OK.

    pipeline {
      agent {
        label 'go'
      environment {
        REGISTRY = 'docker.io'
        // Docker Hub username
        DOCKERHUB_USERNAME = 'Your Docker Hub username'
        APP_NAME = 'devops-go-sample'
        // ‘dockerhub’ is the Docker Hub credentials ID you created on the KubeSphere console
        DOCKERHUB_CREDENTIAL = credentials('dockerhub')
        // the kubeconfig credentials ID you created on the KubeSphere console
        KUBECONFIG_CREDENTIAL_ID = 'kubeconfig'
        // mutli-cluster project name under your own workspace
        MULTI_CLUSTER_PROJECT_NAME = 'demo-multi-cluster'
        // the name of the member cluster where you want to deploy your app
        // in this tutorial, the apps are deployed on host cluster and only one member cluster
        // for more member clusters, please edit manifest/multi-cluster-deploy.yaml
        MEMBER_CLUSTER_NAME = 'Your member cluster name'
      stages {
        stage('docker login') {
          steps {
            container('go') {
              sh 'echo $DOCKERHUB_CREDENTIAL_PSW  | docker login -u $DOCKERHUB_CREDENTIAL_USR --password-stdin'
        stage('build & push') {
          steps {
            container('go') {
              sh 'git clone https://github.com/yuswift/devops-go-sample.git'
              sh 'cd devops-go-sample && docker build -t $REGISTRY/$DOCKERHUB_USERNAME/$APP_NAME .'
              sh 'docker push $REGISTRY/$DOCKERHUB_USERNAME/$APP_NAME'
        stage('deploy app to multi cluster') {
          steps {
             container('go') {
                    credentialsId: env.KUBECONFIG_CREDENTIAL_ID,
                    variable: 'KUBECONFIG')
                  ]) {
                  sh 'envsubst < devops-go-sample/manifest/multi-cluster-deploy.yaml | kubectl apply -f -'


    If your pipeline runs successfully, images will be pushed to Docker Hub. If you are using Harbor, you cannot pass the parameter to docker login -u via the Jenkins credential with environment variables. This is because every Harbor robot account username contains a $ character, which will be converted to $$ by Jenkins when used by environment variables. Learn more.

Run the Pipeline

After you save the Jenkinsfile, click Run. If everything goes well, you will see the Deployment workload in your multi-cluster project.

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