What is Continuous Delivery

What is
Continuous Delivery?

Continuous delivery (CD) is a software engineering methodology that applies automation technology and principles from lean manufacturing theory to the software delivery lifecycle to help organizations deliver better software faster. CD is a critical step on the path to DevOps.

1. Continuous delivery automates each stage of the application lifecycle from code check-in to production deployment.

2. Continuous delivery complements agile development’s focus on small, low-risk software feature releases.

3. Continuous delivery incorporates continuous integration (CI) which automates the application build and test processes.

4. Continuous delivery builds on continuous integration with automatic deployment between development, test, stage and production environments.

5. Continuous delivery can automate the definition and delivery of infrastructure environments.

6. Continuous delivery defines pipelines that application code flows through from development to production.

7. Continuous delivery requires an enterprise-grade automation platform to orchestrate everything.

Why Continuous Delivery?

  • Applications and software power everything.
  • IT organizations need to accelerate software delivery.
  • Continuous delivery helps by applying automation to the software delivery process.

Jenkins is the industry’s most proven and popular open source continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI) management platform.

With over 100,000 active installations and over 1,000 plugins, Jenkins is proven and time-tested.

Robust, real-world CD pipelines managed by Jenkins are possible with the Jenkins Workflow plugin which leverages the power of the core Jenkins automation engine to build, execute and manage full CD pipelines.


As a community-powered open source project, Jenkins has been continuously developed since 2004.

There are over 3,000 members of the Jenkins developer community and over 600 active contributors to the Jenkins GitHub repository.


CloudBees enables the use of Jenkins at enterprise scale. Continuous delivery with Jenkins and CloudBees speeds your software to production.

Enhanced enterprise features within the CloudBees Jenkins Platform help meet demanding requirements in the areas of high availability, security, analytics and monitoring.

Support from a team of Jenkins experts, led by Kohsuke Kawaguchi, mean you get resolution to any issue encountered with Jenkins and/or all 1,000+ community plugins.

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