Switch from Jenkins to CircleCI

Join thousands of companies who have made the switch from Jenkins to CircleCI.

  • Automated testing and deployment
  • SSH into failed builds for easy debugging
  • Automatically maintain third-party integrations with orbs
  • Reusable config for simple multi-project management
  • Workflows for simple job orchestration
  • Host CircleCI on-premise or in your private cloud

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Increase developer productivity

Jenkins often requires a team of on-call engineers to install dependencies and troubleshoot issues. With CircleCI, this isn’t necessary. All builds start in a clean environment and can be debugged by any developer using SSH into builds.

Create consistency across projects

Treating CI configuration like any other source code makes it easy to manage and share. All environment variables you store inside CircleCI are encrypted at rest and sent to your build containers using SSH.

Reduce operational overhead

Plugins are required to do almost anything in Jenkins; even checking out a Git repo. CircleCI saves you the trouble of managing and installing plugins because all core CI functionality is built-in, including first-class integrations with GitHub and Bitbucket.

Simplify accounts and permissions management

Instead of managing user permissions across multiple management tools and platforms, handle everything on the VCS. This helps eliminate redundancy and reduce risk across your organization.

Baron Schwartz
“Jenkins systems always end up being magical special snowflake servers that only a few people have the knowledge or willingness to deal with… it causes tremendous loss of productivity for the entire team.”

Baron Schwartz
Founder and CEO at VividCortex

“With CircleCI, we have probably saved $75-300K in maintenance on Jenkins. We've also had fewer headaches and shipping is easy.”

Seth Ringling
Developer at Avvo

Compare CircleCI to Jenkins


  • VCS authentication directly from the UI
  • Import repositories as projects*
  • Declarative YAML configuration for all features, defined in a single config.yml file
  • Reusable code snippets to simplify multi-project setup and maintenance
  • Install Jenkins on CI machines and plugins for VCS integration, UI, and any additional functionality
  • Troubleshoot plugins for cross-functionality
  • String together functionality from plugins with varying syntax and best practices
* CircleCI can also be installed on your own machines, behind an existing firewall


  • Use out-of-the-box solutions to easily set up and maintain third-party integrations
  • Use new features as soon as they are released
  • Maintain machines and individual plugins with varying release cycles and support


  • Allocate more CPUs + RAM to complex jobs
  • Cache dependencies, Docker layers, and more to speed up build time
  • No slow-downs from individual features
  • SSH into failed builds for fast debugging
  • Dependent on efficiency of plugins
  • Manually tweak plugins or upgrade machines to increase performance


  • Add users via VCS authentication
  • Automatically adopt permissions from VCS
  • All users given full access by default
  • Manual setup of permissions


  • Application-level security + runtime isolation
  • Additional security layers protect source code, environment variables, and outputs
  • SOC II and FedRAMP certification
  • Single-layer of security surrounding CI fleet
  • Additional security created manually
  • Varying levels of security for OSS plugins

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