Upgrading JIRA applications
There are several ways to upgrade JIRA, and the method you choose to use depends on which version of JIRA you use, and the type of environment you use it in. Use this table to determine which steps to follow to complete your JIRA upgrade:
If you need to move JIRA to a new server, or use it in a new environment that has a different operating system, different database type, or different location of attachment or index files, follow the instructions for Migrating JIRA to another server.
|Required uptime (SLA)||Hardware/Software Change||Operating system
||JIRA package||Current JIRA version||Upgrade process|
This method is recommended if you're running JIRA Software Data Center 7.3 or above, and require your JIRA instance to be available throughout the upgrade.
|Neither operation system, database or home directory will be changed.||MS Windows / Linux||JIRA Software Data Center||JIRA Software Data Center 7.3 and above||Managing zero downtime upgrades|
High / Mission Critical
This method is recommended for enterprise environments where extended or unplanned downtime might negatively impact the business.
|Any||any||any||any||Upgrading JIRA with a fallback method|
Low – Medium
If you use JIRA in a non-mission critical environment, depending on your specific installation details, you use either the safe (no downtime) or manual method to upgrade.
If you are upgrading from JIRA 4.3.0 or later, you also have the option to use the upgrade capabilities built into the installer to perform a rapid upgrade of your existing JIRA installation - this method is the fastest way to upgrade - however due to its in-place upgrade method, having recent backups is crucial for this option.
|Neither operation system, database or home directory will be changed.||MS Windows / Linux||Standalone||4.3.0 or later||Upgrading JIRA using a rapid upgrade method|
|4.2.x or earlier||Upgrading JIRA manually|
|any||any||Upgrading JIRA manually|
- We strongly recommend that you upgrade to the latest production version available. If you upgrade to an older version of JIRA, it may contain security vulnerabilities that were patched or fixed in subsequent versions. If you have to upgrade to an older version, check if there are any security advisories that apply to the version.
- If you plan to skip multiple major versions of JIRA when you upgrade, please review the Skipping major versions when upgrading JIRA for important information on the recommended way to skip versions.
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