How to update job config files using the REST API and cURL?

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I would like to be able to update job config files remotely using the Jenkins REST API and cURL.


  • CloudBees Jenkins Enterprise

  • Remote Access API

  • cURL


Here is an example that I used to test this locally:

# Get current config
curl --user $USER:$API_TOKEN -X GET https://localhost:8080/job/test/config.xml -o mylocalconfig.xml

# Post updated config
curl --user $USER:$API_TOKEN -X POST https://localhost:8080/job/test/config.xml -H 'Content-Type: application/xml' --data-binary "@mymodifiedlocalconfig.xml"

Where you will have to replace:

  • $USER:$API_TOKEN with your username and an API token

  • localhost:8080 with your Jenkins URL

  • test with your job name

See Remote Access API for more.