I would like to use this json file to get jenkins version and java version numbers to include my script.sh file. How do we do that?

I tried {{user `java_version`}} but it did not work.

  • variable.json file
        "region": "us-east-1",
        "jenkins_version": "2.263.4",
        "java_version": "1.8.0"
  • script.sh file
    sudo yum update -y
    sudo yum install wget -y
    sudo yum install   java-{{user `java_version`}}-openjdk-devel -y
    sudo wget -O /etc/yum.repos.d/jenkins.repo https://pkg.jenkins.io/redhat-stable/jenkins.repo
    sudo rpm --import https://pkg.jenkins.io/redhat-stable/jenkins.io.key
    sudo yum install -y jenkins-{{user `java_version`}}
    sudo systemctl start jenkins
    sudo systemctl status jenkins
    #Get auth password from jenkins master
    echo "authpwd="$(sudo cat /var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword)

1 Answer 1


Take a look at the jq command it is a command line json parser. You can pull any field you would like.


For example this will return the java_version number.

cat variable.json | jq .java_version

If you prefer using core commands so you don't have to install anything you can use this command.

cat input | grep java_version | awk '{print $NF}'

Shorter version of the above command before someone says you don't have to cat into grep.

grep java_version variable.json | awk '{print $NF}'

EDIT: Another option would be.

sudo yum install -y jenkins-$(grep java_version variable.json | awk '{print $NF}' | sed 's/"//g')-openjdk
  • Hey jason, thanks for the commands. What i am really looking for to embed it into this line sudo yum install -y jenkins-{{user java_version}} how am i supposed to that?
    – M.Turan
    Feb 26, 2021 at 2:12
  • sudo yum install -y jenkins-$(cat input | jq .java_version | sed 's/"//g') This will return something like jenkins-1.8.0 I am not familiar with how the jenkins packages are named you may have to add -openjdk or something like that to the end.i Feb 26, 2021 at 2:19
  • I added another example to the answer at the bottom it shows how you would add something to the end of the version number if you need to. Feb 26, 2021 at 2:27
  • Some people might look at commands like this an say there too long or oh I can do that with just awk yes it is possible to do this with just awk but the syntax is much harder to remember and this way I thinks show just why Linux/Unix shine commands that do one thing and do it well. Feb 26, 2021 at 2:30
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    You can use jq's -r switch to output raw values (without quotes) ex. jenkins-$(jq -r .java_version variable.json) Feb 26, 2021 at 2:51

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