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Octant: the OSS UI for Jenkins X

By August 24, 2020November 1st, 2023Blog, Project

Contributed by James Strachan

originally posted on

A common question we have heard in the community over the years is: Is there an open-source UI for Jenkins X?

Well, we now have an answer. It’s Octant using the octant-jx plugin.

Why Octant?

We love Octant because:

  • it’s open source and very easy to extend with plugins in Go or TypeScript/JavaScript
  • lets you visualise and work with all Kubernetes and custom resources across multiple clusters
  • thanks to octant-jx, it has awesome integration with Jenkins X components like apps, environments, pipelines, repositories, etc.


Longer-term we’re planning on making most of the developer and operations features of Jenkins X available through the UI via octant-jx.

For example, we hope as part of Jenkins X 3.x you’ll be able to install or upgrade Jenkins X and watch the installation proceed all via Octant.

But already right now today you can:

  • view applications, environments, pipelines, repositories
  • for a pipeline quickly navigate to:
    • its Pod, Log, Pull Request or Preview Environment
    • for each step, you can view the step detail or log of the step
  • see the various jobs and pipelines used to operate Jenkins X itself
  • in time will add management UI capabilities for installing, upgrading and administering Jenkins


We did a demo of octant-jx at the last office hours. We also presented octant-jx at the octant office hours this week.

Here is a demo video showing octant in action with Jenkins X: