Kubernetes has become the de facto container orchestration platform to run applications on. Java applications are no exception to this. When using a PaaS provider to give you a hosted Kubernetes, sometimes that provider also provides a CI/CD solution. However this is not always the case. When hosting Kubernetes yourself, you also need to implement a CI/CD solution.
Jenkins is a popular tool to use when implementing CI/CD solutions. Jenkins can also run quite easily in a Kubernetes environment. When you have Jenkins installed, you need to have a Git repository to deploy your code from, a Jenkins pipeline definition, tools to wrap your Java application in a container, a container registry to deploy your container to and some files to describe how the container should be deployed and run on Kubernetes. In this blog post I'll describe a simple end-to-end solution to deploy a Java service to Kubernetes. This is a minimal example so there is much room for improvement. It is meant to get you started quickly.