I am using Jenkins for CI. I need to be able to pull a file from an S3 bucket. Inside the jenkins job I do the following diagnostic from the jenkins shell:

cd ~

this takes me to /var/lib/jenkins


this returns the user jenkins

inside /var/lib/jenkins I have my .aws folder with the config and credentials file, yet when I run

aws configure list

I get this:

      Name                    Value             Type    Location
      ----                    -----             ----    --------
   profile                <not set>             None    None
access_key                <not set>             None    None
secret_key                <not set>             None    None
    region                <not set>             None    None

There is nothing there even though I have the .aws folder and the correct information in those two files. I originally tried placing the .aws folder in /home/jenkins but that didn't work either.

So, how do I get jenkins to actually work with the aws cli?

  • source the user configuration inside your jenkins build script. source ~/.bash_profile from there, you should be able to see the config/credentials files – crsuarezf Jan 30 '18 at 21:31

You can export the credentials as environmental variables:

$ export AWS_DEFAULT_REGION=us-west-2

See http://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/userguide/cli-chap-getting-started.html for more information. Depending on how you're using Jenkins you may want to use the EvnInject Plugin

  • I added this to the ./profile file, and ran source to ensure that the file is read. However, this didn't solve the issue of the “Unable to locate credentials” error – fuzzi Apr 17 '18 at 19:25

Kindly update you aws credentials within the the bash of the jenkins server. Run the below commands:

# sudo -su jenkins
# aws configure

Reference Link: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/systems-manager/latest/userguide/sysman-ami-jenkins.html

  • My jenkins user has no HOME so it tries to save aws on the user I used when I run `sudo. Error: Permission denied: '/home/ubuntu/.aws/credentials – Karim N Gorjux Jul 27 '17 at 4:51
  • I also got the Error: Permission denied: '/home/ubuntu/.aws/credentials – fuzzi Apr 17 '18 at 14:50
  • I updated the permissions so that the jenkins user can read the file. However, now it throws a "Unable to locate credentials. " When I run "aws configure" the AWS_ACCESS_KEY_ID and AWS_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY are saved there already. – fuzzi Apr 17 '18 at 16:04

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