The Jobson project builds distributions (unix, debian) of jobson that include the Jobson’s core libraries, documentation, UI assets, etc.

Debian OSes (Ubuntu, Mint, etc.)

The jobson build produces a .deb file that can be installed directly:

dpkg -i jobson_1.0.13_all.deb  # contains dependencies on (e.g.) java
apt-get -f install  # resolves dependencies

OSX/Linux (any)

The jobson project produces a tarball containing all assets needed to run jobson on a unix-like OS.

Note: You must have java (8+) installed on your system in order to run jobson

tar xvf jobson-nix-1.0.13.tar.gz

# optional: add to ~/.bashrc
export PATH=$PATH:/location/of/unpacked/tarball/bin


The jobson project builds a Docker image that pre-integrates jobson and jobson-ui (with nginx) together. By default, it will create a demo workspace at /home/jobson/ inside the container and listen on port 80:

docker run --name default-container -p 80:80 adamkewley/jobson:1.0.13

It’s recommended that you host the workspace outside the container, so that you can backup job data, upgrade the image, etc. The easiest way to do this is to copy the default workspace out of the container and create a new container with a volume mount:


# copy out the container's workspace
docker run --name tmp-jobson-container -d adamkewley/jobson:1.0.13
docker cp tmp-jobson-container:/home/jobson /host/path/jobson
docker container rm -f tmp-jobson-container

# boot a container that uses the out-of-container workspace
docker run --name jobson-container -p ${HOST_PORT}:80 -v /host/path/jobson:/home/jobson:rw -d adamkewley/jobson:1.0.13

This will boot a docker container that listens on HOST_PORT, which you can browse to.

Inheriting the jobson Docker Image

Running jobson in a Docker container might be challenging if the applications jobson runs have other dependencies (e.g. python, c++). One way to get around this is to create a specialized Docker image that inherits from the jobson docker image. Below is an example posted by NickEngland for running Docker containers inside the Jobson container (because, why not):

FROM adamkewley/jobson:latest
RUN apt update && \
    apt-get -y install apt-transport-https \
        ca-certificates \
        curl \
        gnupg2 \
        software-properties-common && \
    curl -fsSL$(. /etc/os-release; echo "$ID")/gpg > /tmp/dkey; apt-key add /tmp/dkey && \
    add-apt-repository \
        "deb [arch=amd64]$(. /etc/os-release; echo "$ID") \
        $(lsb_release -cs) \
        stable" && \
    apt-get update && \
    apt-get -y install docker-ce

RUN usermod -aG docker jobson


The jobson project does not officially build or support windows. However, unofficial reports do state that it works on windows if you manually run the jobson-x.x.x.jar file:

  • Download and install java

  • Download jobson unix tarball from releases

  • Unpack somewhere (e.g. in DIR)

  • Run the jobson CLI with java -jar DIR/share/jobson/java/jobson-x.x.x.jar