How to Install Jira on CentOS 7


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How to Install Jira on CentOS 7

Jira is a popular issue tracking and project management software developed by Atlassian. It is widely used by software development teams to plan, track, and release their work. In addition to issue tracking, Jira provides features like agile board, customizable workflows, and a marketplace for add-ons.

Step 1: Update the System

Before starting the installation, it is recommended to update the system packages to their latest versions. Open a terminal and run the following command:

 sudo yum update 

Step 2: Install Java

Jira requires Java to run. You can install OpenJDK from the default CentOS repositories by using the following command:

 sudo yum install java-1.8.0-openjdk 

Step 3: Download and Extract Jira

Visit the official Atlassian website and navigate to the Jira download page. Copy the link address for the latest version of Jira Software (tar.gz package). In the terminal, use the following command to download the package to your server:


Replace [JIRA_DOWNLOAD_URL] with the copied link address.

Once the download is complete, extract the downloaded package using the following command:


Replace [JIRA_PACKAGE_FILENAME] with the name of the downloaded file.

Step 4: Move Jira to Opt Directory

Move the extracted Jira software to the /opt directory by running the following command:

 sudo mv [JIRA_PACKAGE_DIRECTORY] /opt/jira 

Replace [JIRA_PACKAGE_DIRECTORY] with the name of the extracted directory.

Step 5: Create a Dedicated Jira User

Create a dedicated system user to run the Jira service by using the following command:

 sudo useradd -r -m -U -d /opt/jira -s /bin/bash jira 

Step 6: Configure Permissions

Change the ownership of the Jira directory to the newly created user by running the following command:

 sudo chown -R jira:jira /opt/jira 

Step 7: Configure Jira as a Service

Create a systemd service file for Jira by creating a new file jira.service in the /etc/systemd/system/ directory. Open the file in a text editor and enter the following contents:

 [Unit] Description=Jira After=network.target  [Service] Type=forking User=jira PIDFile=/opt/jira/work/catalina.pid ExecStart=/opt/jira/bin/start-jira.sh ExecStop=/opt/jira/bin/stop-jira.sh  [Install] WantedBy=multi-user.target  

Step 8: Start Jira Service

Start the Jira service and enable it to start automatically on system boot by running the following commands:

 sudo systemctl start jira sudo systemctl enable jira 

You can now access Jira by opening a web browser and entering your server's IP address or hostname followed by the port number 8080 (http://server_ip_or_hostname:8080). Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the initial setup of Jira.


It is recommended to configure a reverse proxy server like Nginx to secure your Jira instance and enable SSL encryption.

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