HawkScan and Jenkins

Jenkins is the most popular CI/CD system in use today, with a rich ecosystem of plugins, and virtually unlimited flexibility. And of course, it’s easy to get HawkScan integrated into Jenkins pipelines.

Let’s get started with a simple example.

Jenkins Server Requirements

You will need a recent version of Jenkins with the default recommended set of plugins. That should include the Pipeline and Credentials plugins.

Your Jenkins server or build node needs Docker. For our test, we installed Jenkins and Docker on the same server, and we added the jenkins user to the docker group so that Jenkins jobs could access the Docker daemon, like so:

$ sudo usermod -a -G docker jenkins

Secure Your API Key

Save your StackHawk API key as a “Secret text” entry in Jenkins Credentials. You can later extract that secret as an environment variable, HAWK_API_KEY, in your pipeline script so that HawkScan can use it to send scan results to your StackHawk account.

Credential Screenshot

Configure HawkScan

At the base directory of your code repository, create a minimal stackhawk.yml appropriate for scanning your application. For our example, we will create a minimal config pointing to our Development environment API endpoint. Just replace the host entry with your test endpoint, and replace applicationId with your App ID from StackHawk.


  applicationId: xxXXXXXX-xXXX-xxXX-XXxX-xXXxxXXXXxXX
  host: http://example.com
  env: Development

  startupTimeoutMinutes: 1
    base: false

The configuration element, hawk.spider.base: false, limits the scan to the / URI, to speed up the scan. Once your scans are working consistently, you should remove that so that HawkScan will attempt to discover more routes in your app.

Configure Jenkins Pipeline

From the Jenkins web console, create a new Jenkins Pipeline job:

Job Creation Screenshot

In the Job Configuration settings, configure the Pipeline section to point to a Jenkinsfile in your code repository:

Job Creation Screenshot

Next, create a Jenkinsfile at the base of your code repository with the following contents:


pipeline {
  agent any
  stages {
    stage ("Checkout code") {
      steps {
        checkout scm
    stage ("Pull HawkScan Image") {
      steps {
        sh 'docker pull stackhawk/hawkscan'
    stage ("Run HawkScan Test") {
      environment {
        HAWK_API_KEY = credentials('HAWK_API_KEY')
      steps {
        sh '''
          docker run --volume ${WORKSPACE}:/hawk:rw --tty \
            --env API_KEY=${HAWK_API_KEY} \
            --env NO_COLOR=true \

Notice that in the third build stage, “Run HawkScan Test,” your StackHawk API key is taken from the Credentials store and rendered as an environment variable, HAWK_API_KEY. That variable is used in the docker run command that follows to submit your scan results to your StackHawk account, where you may review them later.

Run It

Check those two files, stackhawk.yml, and Jenkinsfile, into source control. Start your job from Jenkins, and watch the job run from Console Output. You should see your scan initiate, run, and print a summary of results. Also check your account at StackHawk to review your scan details!