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How to integrate Hubot with Jenkins and Slack? (ChatOps)

Hubot is an open-source chatbot framework that can allow you to parse the message to interact with messengers like Line, Facebook, or Slack.

Facebook/ Line/ Slack ← → Adapter ← → Hubot ← → Script

Basically, you can find different kinds of adapters to connect to messengers. What you need to do is create Scripts in CoffeeScript.

One common usage is you can type a single command in Slack to trigger a pipeline running on Jenkins via Hubot. This can make your CI/CD flow become more convenient.

For instance, whenever your coworkers or QAs want to test games, they can easily type a command to build games for Android or iOS and get the game’s download link via Slack Message.

This can greatly improve work efficiency and ensure the game’s stability.

Hubot, however, is too tricky to set up for Jenkins. You might encounter different kinds of problems while getting it to work.

This article aims to help you smoothly integrate Hubot with Jenkins.

Get Started


  • MacBook Pro
  • node v17.3.0
  • npm 8.3.0


  • We expect you have installed Jenkins on your PC.
  • If not, run
brew install jenkins-lts
  • If you don't have node or npm installed, run
brew install node 
brew install npm

Also, you should have set up a pipeline on Jenkins.

Then let’s start to set up Hubot to trigger jobs on Jenkins.

Step 1: Installing coffeescript, redis, and hubot generator

brew install coffeescript redisbrew services start redisnpm install -g generator-hubot yo

Check Hubot version

npm -v generator-hubot


  • We will install Hubot version as 8.3.0. If you use an older version, the situation may be different.

Step 2: Create Hubot folder and Initialize Hubot

mkdir hubot
cd hubot
yo hubot --adapter=slack --name="<Your Name>" --description="Hubot" --owner="your-name<your-email@xxx.xx>"

Step 3: Start and Check Hubot

# Start

# Check
Hubot> hubot echo "hi"
Hubot> "hi"

Step 4: Create

Download and copy it to folder ./scripts/

Step 5: Remove hubot-heroku-keepalive

// Uninstall hubot-heroku-keepalive
npm uninstall hubot-heroku-keepalive --save
// Remove it from external-scripts.json
vim external-scripts.json
"hubot-diagnostics","hubot-help","hubot-heroku-keepalive", // Delete this"hubot-google-images","hubot-google-translate","hubot-pugme","hubot-maps","hubot-redis-brain","hubot-rules","hubot-shipit"]

If you don't delete it, you will get the following problem.


ERROR hubot-heroku-keepalive included, but missing HUBOT_HEROKU_KEEPALIVE_URL. `heroku config:set HUBOT_HEROKU_KEEPALIVE_URL=$(heroku apps:info -s | grep web.url | cut -d= -f2)`

Step 6: Add ”” to hubot-scripts.json

vim hubot-scripts.json[ ""  // Add this ]

Step 7: Create and Run

vim!/bin/bash# Hubot Port 
export EXPRESS_PORT=8081
export HUBOT_LOG_LEVEL=debugexport HUBOT_SLACK_RTM_CLIENT_OPTS='{"useRtmConnect": "true"}'# Slack Token
export HUBOT_SLACK_TOKEN=<Slack Token>
# Jenkins IP and Port
export HUBOT_JENKINS_URL="http://<Jenkins IP>:<Jenkins Port>"
# Jenkins API Token
export HUBOT_JENKINS_TOKEN="token=my_token"
# HUBOT_JENKINS_AUTH:user_name:api_token# ex:
# HUBOT_JENKINS_AUTH=ericwei:11bffe9567cc72680bfae768d3c3f01234
export HUBOT_JENKINS_AUTH=<user_name>:<API Token>./bin/hubot --adapter slack

Run below to start Hubot



  • You can get Slack Token when integrating Hubot into Slack
  • You can find the user name and API Token (hash value) on Jenkins for HUBOT_JENKINS_AUTH
  • Remember if your Hubot expose port is as same as Jenkins, you will get an error. So setup EXPRESS_PORT in a different port
  • You should set up HUBOT_SLACK_RTM_CLIENT_OPTS at the

Otherwise, you will get the following problem


error: Response not OK: method_deprecated

info: Unable to rtm.start, attempting reconnect

Then let’s test it on Slack by typing the following command.

// Command format: 
@<your hubot> jenkins build <jobe name>, key1=value1&key2=value2

// Example:
@test-slack-bot jenkins build sample-game-build-android, branch=test&user_name=ericwei


  • You should add hubot to the same channel beforehand, so you can type this command to trigger jobs.

How to add Hubot to Slack Channel?

Goto your Channel → Integration → Add App → Select Hubot to add

  • Pay attention to there is a space in between job name and key1.
  • Because it's required to make it work.

Lastly, you should be able to see your pipeline is running and finished as below.


Once you see your pipeline is working as described above, you can begin to add more CI/CD pipelines to make high-quality games on time and within budget.

I hope this tutorial can be helpful for you.

Thank you for reading.

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