Connecting Bitbucket Server to JIRA for user management

(warning)  This page does not apply to JIRA Software Cloud; you can't use JIRA Software Cloud to manage your Bitbucket Server users.

You can connect Bitbucket Server to an existing Atlassian JIRA Software instance to delegate Bitbucket Server user and group management, and authentication. Bitbucket Server provides a "read-only" connection to JIRA Software for user management. This means that users and groups, fetched from JIRA Software, can only be modified or updated in that JIRA Software server, rather than in Bitbucket Server.

Choose this option, as an alternative to Atlassian Crowd, for simple configurations with a limited number of users. Note that Bitbucket Server can only connect to an instance running JIRA Software 4.3 or later.

Connecting Bitbucket Server and JIRA Software is a 3-step process:

1. Set up JIRA Software to allow connections from Bitbucket Server

2. Set up Bitbucket Server to connect to JIRA Software

3. Set up Bitbucket Server users and groups in JIRA Software

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(warning) You need to be an administrator in JIRA Software and a system administrator in Bitbucket Server to perform the following tasks.

1. Setup JIRA Software to allow connections from Bitbucket Server

  1. Log in as a user with the 'JIRA Software Administrators' global permission.
  2. For JIRA 4.3.x, select Other Application from the 'Users, Groups & Roles' section of the 'Administration' menu.
    For later versions, choose Administration > Users > JIRA User Server.
  3. Click Add Application.
  4. Enter the application name (case-sensitive) and password that Bitbucket Server will use when accessing JIRA Software.
  5. Enter the IP address of your Bitbucket Server instance. Valid values are:
    • A full IP address, e.g. 192.168.10.12.
    • A wildcard IP range, using CIDR notation, e.g. 192.168.10.1/16. For more information, see the introduction to CIDR notation on Wikipedia and RFC 4632.
  6. Click Save.
  7. Define the directory order, on the 'User Directories' screen, by clicking the blue up- and down-arrows next to each directory. The directory order has the following effects:
    • The order of the directories is the order in which they will be searched for users and groups.
    • Changes to users and groups will be made only in the first directory where the application has permission to make changes.

2. Setup Bitbucket Server to connect to JIRA Software

  1. Log in to Bitbucket Server as a user with 'Admin' permission.
  2. In the Bitbucket Server administration area click User Directories (under 'Accounts').
  3. Click Add Directory and select Atlassian JIRA.
  4. Enter settings, as described below.
  5. Test and save the directory settings.
  6. Define the directory order, on the 'User Directories' screen, by clicking the arrows for each directory. The directory order has the following effects:
    • The order of the directories is the order in which they will be searched for users and groups.
    • Changes to users and groups will be made only in the first directory where the application has permission to make changes.

3. Set up Bitbucket Server users and groups in JIRA Software

In order to use Bitbucket Server, users must be a member of the Bitbucket Server-users group or have Bitbucket Server global permissions. Follow these steps to configure your Bitbucket Server groups in JIRA Software:

  1. Add the bitbucket-users and bitbucket-administrators groups in JIRA Software.
  2. Add your own username as a member of both of the above groups.
  3. Choose one of the following methods to give your existing JIRA Software users access to Bitbucket Server:
    • Option 1: In JIRA Software, find the groups that the relevant users belong to. Add those groups as members of one or both of the above Bitbucket Server groups.
    • Option 2: Log in to Bitbucket Server using your JIRA Software account and go to the administration area. Click Global permissions (under 'Accounts'). Assign the appropriate permissions to the relevant JIRA Software groups. See Global permissions.

Connecting Atlassian Bitbucket Server to JIRA Software for user management is not sufficient, by itself, to allow your users to log in to Bitbucket Server. You must also grant them access to Bitbucket Server by using one of the above 2 options.

We recommend that you use groups instead of individual accounts when granting permissions. However, be careful not to add more users to those groups that your Bitbucket Server license allows. If the license limit is exceeded, your develope rs will not be able to push commits to repositories, and Bitbucket Server will display a warning banner. See this FAQ.

See also this  information about deleting users and groups  in Bitbucket Server.

Server settings

Setting

Description

Name

A meaningful name that will help you to identify this Jira server in the list of directory servers. Examples:

  • Jira Service Desk Server
  • My Company Jira

Server URL

The web address of your Jira server. Examples:

  • http://www.example.com:8080
  • http://jira.example.com

Application Name

The name used by your application when accessing the Jira server that acts as user manager. Note that you will also need to define your application to that Jira server, via the 'Other Applications' option in the 'Users, Groups & Roles' section of the 'Administration' menu.

Application Password

The password used by your application when accessing the Jira server that acts as user manager.

JIRA Software server permissions

Setting

Description

Read Only

The users, groups and memberships in this directory are retrieved from the Jira server that is acting as user manager. They can only be modified via that JIRA server.

Read/Write The users, groups and memberships in this directory are retrieved from the Jira server that is acting as user manager. When you modify a user, group or membership via the application administration screens, the changes will be applied directly to Jira.

Advanced settings

Setting

Description

Enable Nested Groups

Enable or disable support for nested groups. Before enabling nested groups, please check to see if nested groups are enabled on the JIRA server that is acting as user manager. When nested groups are enabled, you can define a group as a member of another group. If you are using groups to manage permissions, you can create nested groups to allow inheritance of permissions from one group to its sub-groups.

Enable Incremental Synchronization Enable or disable incremental synchronization. Only changes since the last synchronization will be retrieved when synchronizing a directory.

Synchronization Interval (minutes)

Synchronization is the process by which the application updates its internal store of user data to agree with the data on the directory server. The application will send a request to your directory server every x minutes, where 'x' is the number specified here. The default value is 60 minutes.

Last modified on Oct 6, 2015

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