THIS PLUGIN IS DEPRECATED

Please use the "offical" (and properly released/maintained) Gitlab-Branch-Source-Plugin at https://jenkins.io/blog/2019/08/23/introducing-gitlab-branch-source-plugin/

Multibranch projects and organization folders from GitLab

Introduction

The GitLab Branch Source Plugin allows you to create a new project based on the repository structure based on your GitLab projects. It is heavily inspired by the GitHub Branch Source Plugin, builds upon the GitLab Plugin and uses the Gitlab Java API Wrapper for communication with GitLab.

The GitLab Branch Source Plugin scans your GitLab server for projects according to criteria you can specify. The only restriction is that your projects must contain a Jenkinsfile with the definition of the pipeline used to build the project. You can have different Pipeline scripts defined in project branches, or add and remove Jenkinsfiles depending on your use cases. After a project is imported, Jenkins immediately runs a job. Removing a Pipeline script from a branch or from the entire project, removes the item from the view. You can restrict imports on the GitLab Branch Source configuration page. Restrictions include regular expressions for origin branches, merge requests from the original projects or it's forks etc.

Like the GitHub Branch Source Plugin this plugin creates each repository as a folder containing each branch with a Jenkinsfile in the top level directory as a different job.

When the proper webhooks are configured, the GitLab Branch Source Plugins automatically detects new projects, branches and merge requests, adds new jobs accordingly and builds them. If Jenkins (or rather the user configured to communicate with GitLab) is allowed to do so, it will setup these webhooks automatically for you.

When Jenkins is allowed to do so build results will be reported back to GitLab. You can choose whether only the build result (success/failure) get reported or if Jenkins reports every stage defined in your pipeline.

GitLab merge requests

The GitLab Branch Source plugin allows the project to import merge requests originating either from branches in the original project or from forked projects as long as they also contain a Jenkinsfile with pipeline script. The following features are included:

Installation

This plugin is still under development. Thus you cannot install it via the Jenkins Update manager yet. Simply download the latest release into the plugins directory of your Jenkins. I'm not sure if the dependencies get installed automatically. If that is not the case, make sure to install these dependencies:

Creating a project

This plugin uses the GitLab Plugin for communication with GitLab. Thus before creating a GitLab Branch Source you'll have to setup a appropriate GitLab Connection. The user used to communicate with GitLab must have at least the developer role. To automatically register webhooks etc. the user must currently have administrator rights (to register the required system-hook). IT IS NOT RECOMMENDED TO USE THIS WHEN COMMUNICATING WITH YOUR GITLAB-SERVER VIA A PUBLIC NETWORK - REGISTER THE WEBHOOKS MANUALLY IN THIS CASE (see the configuration of the projects for the required webhook-urls).

Having created a working GitLab connection, simply create a new branch source via New Item > GitLab Projects. New Project

In the Projects section, complete the section for "GitLab Projects". Here you can also specify credentials which should be used to checkout your projects if anonymous read-access to your projects is disabled. Configure

Save, and wait for the "Project Scan" to run. Job progress is displayed to the left hand side. Scan

To see the imported projects click on "Status". Status

To see the imported branches/merge requests/tags and their build status, drill down by clicking on the appropriate links

Project-Details

Project Details

Details of Branches

Branch Details

Build-Details

Build Details