Start/Stop and Restart Jenkins service on Windows


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I have extracted zip file and installed Jenkins on Windows 7 successfully. Jenkins runs at http://localhost:8080/ well. I want to stop Jenkins service from console. How can I do that? What's the way to start and restart through console/command line?

3/7/2013 9:05:18 AM

Accepted Answer

Open Console/Command line --> Go to your Jenkins installation directory. Execute the following commands respectively:

to stop:
jenkins.exe stop

to start:
jenkins.exe start

to restart:
jenkins.exe restart

7/30/2015 5:17:01 AM

To stop Jenkins Please avoid shutting down the Java process or the Windows service. These are not usual commands. Use those only if your Jenkins is causing problems.

Use Jenkins' way to stop that protects from data loss.


where [command] can be any one of the following

  • exit
  • restart
  • reload

Example: if my local PC is running Jenkins at port 8080, it will be


To start Jenkins from command line

  1. Open command prompt
  2. Go to the directory where your war file is placed and run the following command:

    java -jar jenkins.war

To stop

Ctrl + C


So by default you can open CMD and write

java -jar jenkins.war

But if your port 8080 is already is in use,so you have to change the Jenkins port number, so for that open Jenkins folder in Program File and open Jenkins.XML file and change the port number such as 8088

Now Open CMD and write

java -jar jenkins.war --httpPort=8088

       jenkins.exe stop
       jenkins.exe start
       jenkins.exe restart

These commands will work from cmd only if you run CMD with admin permissions


Small hints for routine work.

Create a bat file, name it and use for exact run/stop/restart Jenkins service

# go to Jenkins folder
cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Jenkins

#to stop:
jenkins.exe stop

#to start:
#jenkins.exe start

#to restart:
#jenkins.exe restart