Documentation for JIRA 4.0. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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In JIRA, most commonly accessed configuration items are editable from Administration -> Global Settings -> General Configuration. The default values here are set in the file WEB-INF/classes/jira-application.properties. In addition, jira-application.properties contains other properties which are not editable from the web interface. Usually these are of little interest to most users, but sometimes you may wish to edit them.

A sample jira-application.properties file is available here.

Making changes to jira-application.properties

The process of changing this file depends on whether you are running JIRA Standalone (JIRA deployed as an 'open' webapp) or JIRA deployed as a packed '.war' file deployed in an app server.

JIRA Standalone

The file is located in atlassian-jira/WEB-INF/classes/jira-application.properties. Edit the file here, and then restart JIRA by running bin\shutdown.bat and bin\startup.bat (or .sh equivalents).

JIRA as a webapp

If you have downloaded the .WAR/Webapp distribution of JIRA:

  1. Copy webapp/WEB-INF/classes/jira-application.properties to edit-webapp/WEB-INF/classes/jira-application.properties
  2. Make your changes in edit-webapp/WEB-INF/classes/jira-application.properties
  3. In the root directory, run build.bat or build.sh to regenerate the webapp (.war file)
  4. Redeploy the new .war file in your app server.

See also

Setting Properties and Options on Startup — for changes like setting available memory, disabling email, enabling Jelly, etc.

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