Install a Jira trial

Want to quickly get up and running with a Jira application? This page will guide you through a few simple steps to install and set up a trial Jira Data Center site. If you'd rather set up a production site or you just want more control, see Installing Jira Data Center.

We no longer offer Server evaluation licenses, but you can still trial our Data Center products. Learn more about these changes

Before you begin

Jira installers come with all the bits and pieces you need to run the application, but there's a few things you'll need to get up and running:

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For the list of supported platforms, see Supported platforms.

  • Operating system: A computer or laptop with a supported operating system – you'll be installing Jira so you'll need admin rights. 

    Supported operating systems...

    You can install Jira on a Windows or Linux operating system.

    Apple Mac isn't supported for production sites, but if you're comfortable setting up applications on your Mac from scratch, you can download the tar.gz file and follow the instructions for Installing Jira applications on Linux from Archive File as the process is similar.

  • Database: You don't need a database if you're planning to evaluate Jira Data Center on a single node (it comes with a built-in H2 database). To evaluate clustering features, you'll need an external database, so your nodes can access it.

  • Web browser: You'll need this to access Jira.

  • Email address: You'll need this to generate your evaluation license and create and account.

Ready to get going? Let's start with grabbing the installer.

1. Download the installer

Download the installer for your operating system:

2. Install your Jira application

The installer allows you to choose Express or Custom installations. The Custom installation allows you to pick some specific options for Jira, but for this guide we'll use the Express installation.

For Windows
  1. Run the installer, we recommend running with a Windows administrator account.
    If prompted, make sure you allow the installer to make changes to your computer. This will allow you to install Jira as a service.

  2. Choose Express Install, then click Next.
  3. Once installation is complete, it will ask you if you want to open Jira in your browser. Make sure this option is selected then click Done.

  4. Jira will open in your default browser, and you're ready to start the set up wizard.
For Linux
  1. Change to the directory where you downloaded Jira then execute this command to make it executable:

    Jira Core
    $ chmod a+x atlassian-jira-core-X.X.X-x64.bin
    Jira Software
    $ chmod a+x atlassian-jira-software-X.X.X-x64.bin
    Jira Service Desk
    $ chmod a+x atlassian-servicedesk-X.X.X-x64.bin

    Where -X.X.X is is the version you downloaded.

  2. Run the installer, we recommend using sudo to run the installer as this will create a dedicated account to run Jira and allow you to run Jira as a service.

    Jira Core
    $ sudo ./atlassian-jira-core-X.X.X-x64.bin
    Jira Software
    $ sudo ./atlassian-jira-software-X.X.X-x64.bin
    Jira Service Desk
    $ sudo ./atlassian-servicedesk-X.X.X-x64.bin
  3. When prompted, choose Express Install (option 1).
  4. Once installation is complete head to http://localhost:8080 in your browser to begin the setup process. 

3. Set up your Jira application

The setup wizard is the last step in getting Jira up and running. You'll need your email address to generate your evaluation license.

  1. Single node: If you're installing on a single node, select Set it up for me. This will allow Jira to set up everything it needs to run, including an H2 database.

  2. Cluster: If you're installing in a cluster, select I'll set it up myself. This will allow you to provide connection details to your own database.

  3. Create an account, or log in with your Atlassian ID account.

  4. Follow the prompts to generate a license for the Jira application you want to try, and apply it to your new installation.

  5. Enter and confirm the details you want to use for your administrator account, and click Next.

It will take a few minutes to get everything connected and operational. Once that's done, you're ready to go!

Last modified on Aug 12, 2022

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