Overview of the wizard improvements

The jxl binary includes an improved wizard for importing projects or creating new projects from quickstarts.

You can invoke the wizard directly via:

jxl project

It will guide you through the various wizards.

If you know you want to import code from the currect directory try:

jxl project import

If you have a git URL you wish to import from try:

jxl project import --git-url=https://github.com/myorg/myrepo.git

Or if you want to try a quickstart try:

jxl project quickstart

Or to create a new Spring Boot project:

jxl project spring


We’ve made a number of improvements over the jx import command:

  • when importing to Jenkins X we ask which build pack you wish to use (e.g. classic or kubernetes) so that you can import java libraries or node modules easily in addition to kubernetes native applications
  • the wizard will prompt you for the pack name (language) once the detection has occurred. Usually the pack name detection is good enough. e.g. detecting maven but you may wish to change the version of the pack (e.g. maven-java11)
  • when importing a project and you are using Jenkins X and Jenkins in the same cluster you get asked whether you want to import the project into Jenkins X or to pick which Jenkins server to use
  • we support 2 modes of importing projects to a remote Jenkins server
    • regular Jenkins import where a Multi Branch Project is used and Jenkins processes the webhooks
    • ChatOps mode: we use lighthouse to handle the webhooks and ChatOps and then when triggered we trigger regular pipelines inside the Jenkins server
  • if your repository contains a Jenkinsfile and you choose to import into a Jenkins server we don’t run the build packs and generate a Dockerfile, helm chart or jenkins-x.yml

Changes since jx import

For those of you who know Jenkins X and have used jx import before this wizard is a little different:

  • the commands are a little different:
    • jx create import is now jxl project import
    • jx create quickstart is now jxl project quickstart
    • jx create project is now jwizard
    • jx create spring is now jxl project spring

Last modified April 8, 2020: release 0.0.1634 (a950dfc)