Migrating from Jenkins to Bitrise

What’s in it for you? Easy onboarding, less maintenance, less firefighting, and more time spent improving your apps and your team's performance

Bitrise is made for mobile

Thanks to our out-of-the-box support for all mobile projects and over 320 mobile-specific integrations, you won’t just build better apps, but a better app development process.

Migrating your app from Jenkins to Bitrise will shift the responsibility from your team to our platform, helping you increase:


On Bitrise, there is no need for dedicated engineers to install dependencies, troubleshoot issues, maintain the CI, or the hardware.

All builds start in a clean environment with SSH access, enabling users to find and fix bugs easily. Time saved by eliminating maintenance tasks allows teams to focus on what matters: writing the code.


Treating CI configuration as code makes it easy to manage and share across the mobile teams. Customer secrets and all their sensitive information are stored in an encrypted database.

Bitrise makes the workflows accessible for all, from within an easy-to-use online dashboard, allowing users to easily maintain all projects.


EfficiencyBitrise helps you eliminate redundancy and reduce risk by handling everything on virtual machines — there is no need to manage user permissions across multiple tools and platforms.

Moreover, our Org plans enable larger teams to further simplify project management, helping them maximize build efficiency across complex projects.

Bitrise vs. Jenkins

Switching to a different CI/CD platform is a result of a complex decision-making process. To help you understand the main differences and assess the impact of the migration, check out the details of how the main features of Bitrise and Jenkins compare:

Repositories as projects + default pipeline defined for your application
YES (whether it’s native or cross platform). Since Bitrise is a fully managed platform as a service, there’s no need to waste time for setting up the infrastructure. Setup, administration and configuration is quick and simple.
NO. Jenkins CI, plugins and any additional functionality needs to be set up and maintained manually, always. Plugins and best practices are not coherent syntactically and methodically.)
Configs are available as .yml files
YES, and they can be edited in the GUI tool with drag and drop.
Ready to use integrations
YES, out-of-the-box and up-to-date steps/integrations with all the popular tools.
Out-of-the box support for all types of native and cross-platform projects
NO. Machines and individual plugins need to be maintained by engineers.
Support for the latest Xcode version
YES, within 48 hours after the release.
NO. Xcode needs to be manually updated.
Support for the latest, and all Xcode versions
YES, within 48 hours after the release. You can always switch from one tech stack version to another with one click (such as from macOS Catalina to BigSur)
NO. Xcode needs to be manually updated, no rollback.
Upgrade and downgrade
YES, You can upgrade or downgrade the versions of Steps/Integrations and stack versions with a couple of clicks.
NO. Once you upgrade something, you can’t roll back.
Different plans for different needs
YES. Besides our Standard plans, teams can also select Elite machines for higher performance. Our Velocity plan offers the best performance available on public cloud.For more details, visit our Pricing page.
NO. The performance on Jenkins is dependent on the efficiency of plugins, which need to be tweaked manually. Hardware also needs to be replaced every few years to meet performance and security requirements.
User management features
YES. For each of your applications, users can be assigned with the following roles: owners, admins, developers and testers/QA. Each role comes with different levels of permissions.
NO. All users given full access by default, and permissions need to be set up manually by Jenkins Administrator.
Access control
YES. Bitrise features several secure authentication methods, such as SAML SSO, GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket SSO, two-factor authentication, and complex password requirements.For more info, visit our Security page.
NO. Single-layer of security surrounding CI fleet. Varying levels of security for OSS plugins. Additional security can be added manually.

Join teams who have made the switch

Some of our most successful users migrated to Bitrise from using an on-premise Jenkins solution. To make the transition easier, we’ve collected some resources you might find helpful before diving in.

Top 5 myths on using Jenkins for mobile development

To help you separate fact from fiction, we've gathered the 5 most common misconceptions on using Jenkins for mobile.

Mobile CI after Jenkins — 6 lessons learned

In this report, ex-Jenkins practitioners share how their day-to-day work changed and how they got rid of maintenance and debugging tasks after switching to cloud CI.

The 5 main benefits of switching from Jenkins to cloud CI, a report

Engineering leads know that Jenkins was not built with mobile in mind. In this report, they share all about how their team’s performance increased and the positive changes they experienced after moving to cloud CI.

Talk to us to learn more

If you need more information about how Bitrise can help you accelerate your mobile development, we’re always happy to hop on a call.