Solutions Delivery Platform

Configuration Files

With the Jenkins Templating Engine, configuration files are used to populate templates with the information necessary to execute.

The configuration file is a groovy file named pipeline_config.groovy that gets placed at the root of the source code repository or within a pipeline configuration repository.


The configuration file is a custom groovy domain specific language intended to avoid the burdensome syntax of JSON without the whitespace pitfalls of YAML.

While the flexibility of what can be done within a configuration file is limited by the sandbox, the file is executed as a groovy script and builds a configuration object.

The configuration file acts as a nested builder language will accept any arbitrary configuration. Beyond several JTE configuration fields, it is up to specific primitives and libraries to provide meaning to the keys and values provided within a configuration.

An example configuration file would be:

// restrict individual repository Jenkinsfiles
allow_scm_jenkinsfile = false
// skip the default JTE checkout and do it explicitly
skip_default_checkout = true
// define application environment objects
        long_name = "Development"
        long_name = "Production"

  define libraries to load.
  available libraries are based upon the
  library sources configured.
    // library configurations are determined by
    // the specific library implementation
        url = ""
        cred_id = "openshift"


Application Jenkinsfiles

By default, if there is a Jenkinsfile in an application source code repository it will be executed as the pipeline template.

When using JTE to share a common pipeline template across multiple applications an organization may want to prevent individual repositories from providing their own pipeline templates for governance.

To disable this default behavior, specify allow_scm_jenkinsfile = false within a governance tier’s configuration file.

For a full overview of how governance works with JTE, check out the Governance Model.

Template Methods

The Jenkins Templating Engine is essentially an implementation of the Template Method Design Pattern for Jenkins Pipelines. A template is defined which invokes abstract methods (steps) yet to be defined.

These methods are then implemented by either steps from the libraries loaded or the default step implementation.

As a result, situations may arise where a step is called from a template that has not been implemented via the available options. In some cases, this is acceptable.

The template_methods block of your configuration file is used to declare the steps that will be called from your template. In the event that a step is called that has not been defined, it will be routed to the default step implementation if it’s name appears in the template_methods block.

By default, JTE provides the following default values for template_methods.


Environment Substitutions

In Jenkins, environment variables are made accessible via the env global variable. This variable is resolvable within your pipeline configuration file.

This also means that Build Parameters can be access within the pipeline configuration file as they are stored on the env variable.

For example, in the following configuration:

        someField = env.buildParam ?: "default if not set"

libraries.someLibrary.someField would resolve to the Build Parameter named buildParam and would default to default if not set if buildParam was not truthy.