Moving back to Server

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If you no longer need Data Center, you can go back to a Server installation. This will be as easy as updating your license, but be aware that you’ll immediately lose features that are exclusive to Data Center.

How will the Data Center-only features be affected?

After moving from Data Center to Server, you will lose features exclusive to Data Center. Here’s the summary of how this will affect your current Bitbucket instance:

SAML single sign-on
Use a SAML identity provider for authentication and single-sign on.
  • SAML login won’t work i.e. the users will be redirected to a login screen always

  • Users who had a password on their Atlassian account before SAML single sign-on was enabled will use that to log in.

  • Users who joined after SAML single sign-on was enabled will need to reset their password for their Atlassian account when they next log in.

Content Delivery network (CDN) support
Improve geo-performance for distributed teams.
  • No longer available

  • Any API calls related to the feature will be blocked

  • If you’ve already configured your CDN, then switch back to a Server license, the CDN will continue to work until your Confluence instance is restarted.

Rate limiting
Control how many external REST API requests users and automations can make.
  • No longer available

  • Any configured limits that were set up before will become irrelevant and your users will have unlimited external REST API requests the moment the license is downgraded

Smart mirroring
Improve Git clone speeds for distributed teams working with large repositories.
  • No longer available

Before you begin

  • This guide assumes that you’re using a standalone Bitbucket Data Center. If you have a cluster of nodes, go to Moving to a non-clustered Data Center first.

  • We recommend completing this process in a staging environment, and running a set of functional tests, integration tests, and performance tests, before making these changes in production.

Moving back to Server

1. Get a license for Bitbucket Server

You can purchase a Server license or create an evaluation license at

2. Apply the license

  1. Go to Administration > Licensing.

  2. Update the license.

After updating the license, your Bitbucket instance will become a Server one.

Last modified on Jun 21, 2021

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