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Artifactory Setup

Complete the steps for setting up the Artifactory tool


As of v1.9.0 of the Artifactory module, these steps have been automated and should not be required after a Toolkit install. The instructions are provided here to understand what steps are required to manually integrate the Artifactory instance into the pipelines.


Artifactory is the environments's artifact repository manager. Before you can use it as part of the continuous integration pipeline, it first must be configured as part of the environment.


Set up Artifactory in the environment with a Helm repository. Also, set up the environment to access Artifactory.


The version of Artifactory that is installed into the cluster is not configured for high availability. It is limited to the storage size of your cluster. It is highly recommended you integrate your pipelines with an enterprise grade Helm repository or artifact management system.

Set up Artifactory

Create a repository in Artifactory for storing Helm charts.

  • Open the Artifactory dashboard from the Developer Dashboard and login

  • Log into Artifactory using the default userid and password, igc credentials can show these values. The first time you log in the Welcome Page will prompt you to configure Artifactory using the Onboarding Wizard.

  • Press Get Started

Initial JFrog

  • The first step of the setup wizard is to change the default password. It is recommend you use a password generated by a password manager. 1Password is the tool IBM recommends to its employees.

Reset Password

  • Save the password somewhere safe or in your password manager; you will need to manually update the password in the secret that is stored in the tools namespace/project called artifactory-access. There are more detailed instructions after you have completed the setup wizard.

The next step is to define the base url that will be used by the server.

  • From the browser you are currently using copy the URL from the address bar.

Base URL

  • Paste the URL into the Select Base URL form and remove any trailing context roots, similar to the one in this view.

Base URL

  • The next page in the wizard is the Configure a Proxy Server page. This is to setup a proxy for external resources. You can click Next to skip this step.

Base URL

  • The next page in the wizard is the Create Repositories page. Since the open source release of Artifactory doesn't provide a package for Helm repositories, we will use a generic repository to hold the helm artifacts.

  • Select Generic, then press Next

Select Repo Type

  • The next page in the wizard is the Onboarding Complete page.

  • Press Finish

Setup Complete

Allow Anonymous Access to Artifactory

  • Open the Artifactory dashboard from the Developer Dashboard and login

  • Click on the Settings tab on the left menu (the one with the gear icon), and then select Security

    Security Configuration

  • Check the Allow Anonymous Access check box and press Save

Obtain the encrypted password

To enable the CI pipelines (Jenkins, Tekton, etc.) to store the Helm artifacts in the Artifactory repository, we need to obtain Artifactory's encrypted password and save it where the pipeline can access the password -- in the artifactory-access Kubernetes secret in the tools namespace in the Development Tools environment.

  • In the Artifactory console, press the Welcome, admin menu button in the top right corner of the console and select Edit profile

  • In the User Profile: admin page, enter you Artifactory password and press *Unlock


Below, in the Authentication Settings section, is the Encrypted Password field.

  • Press the Eye icon to view the encrypted password and press the Cut & Paste icon to copy it

Initial JFrog

  • Now we have obtained the Encrypt key and had kept a copy of the Password we changed on the initial setup wizard. We need to update the secrets that stores these inside the cluster.

Update the secret - OpenShift 4

  • In the OpenShift 4 console, go to Administrator > Workloads > Secrets. At the top, select the tools project and filter for artifactory. Select Edit Secret on artifactory-access. (You do not need to base encode these values the OpenShift console does this for you.) Initial JFrog

  • Update the values that you retrieved for the encrypt key and updated the admin password

  • Add a key/value for ARTIFACTORY_ENCRYPT and set the value to your encrypt key value
  • Update the ARTIFACTORY_PASSWORD value with thew new admin password

  • Click Save in OpenShift console

  • View the secret in the console and confirm that the visible value of ARTIFACTORY_ENCRYPT matches the encrypted password shown in the Artifactory console

  • On the command line, run igc credentials and verify that the Artifactory details have been updated

Update the secret - Kubernetes and OpenShift 3

To update the secret in Kubernetes or Openshift 3, navigate to the secret called artifactory-access in the tools namespace and update the following values. You will need encode these value in base64 key before editing the secret.

Kubernetes secrets store data in base64 format. So to store Artifactory's encrypted password in a secret, it needs to be encoded into base64.

Any base64 encoding tool will work. For example:

  • Go to the Base64 Encode website
  • Paste the encrypted password into the online tool and press the Encode button
  • In the field below, copy the encoded value into you clipboard or store it somewhere safe
  • Find the ARTIFACTORY_ENCRYPT value (under data) and paste in the Artifactory base64 key into the field
  • Find the ARTIFACTORY_PASSWORD value (under data) and paste in the

Rerun the Pipeline

Previously, when you deployed you first app, the pipeline's Package Helm Chart stage didn't store the chart because the ARTIFACTORY_ENCRYPT property was not set. Now that it has been set, rerun your pipeline and check that the Helm chart for your app is stored correctly in Artifactory with matching semantic version information.

  • In the Artifactory console, select the Artifacts page and expand the generic-local repository

Artifact Repository Browser

You will see a folder named after your resource group containing the tar file for a Helm chart.


Artifactory is now set up in your environment and CI pipelines can store Helm charts in Artifactory repository. Artifactory can now be used as a Helm repository for CD tools like ArgoCD and IBM Cloud Pak for Multi-Cloud Management.