A JIRA group is a convenient way to manage a collection of users. Users can belong to many groups. Groups are used throughout JIRA; for example, they can:
- be granted global permissions.
- be used in project permission schemes.
- be used in email notification schemes.
- be used in issue security levels.
- be given access to issue filters.
- be given access to dashboards.
- be used in workflow conditions.
- belong to project roles *.
* Project roles are somewhat similar to groups, the main difference being that group membership is global whereas project role membership is project-specific.
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JIRA's default groups
When you install JIRA, three groups are automatically created:
- jira-administrators - typically contains people who are JIRA system administrators. By default, this group:
- is a member of the 'Administrators' project role.
- has the 'JIRA Administrators' and the 'JIRA System Administrators' global permissions. (Note: if you need to give these permissions to separate people, you will need to create an additional group and grant the permissions separately, as described in 'About 'JIRA System Administrators' and 'JIRA Administrators''. )
- jira-developers - typically contains people who perform work on issues. By default, this group:
- jira-users - typically contains every JIRA user in your system. By default, this group:
You can create and delete groups according to your organisation's requirements.
To see what groups exist, and where they are used:
- Log in as a user with the 'JIRA Administrators' global permission.
- Bring up the administration page by clicking either the 'Administration' link on the top bar or the title of the Administration box on the dashboard.
- Select 'Group Browser' from the 'Users, Groups & Roles' section of the 'Administration' menu.
- You will then see a page containing the 'Group Browser' as shown below.
- To see which permission schemes, email notification schemes, issue security levels and saved filters are using this group, click the group name.
Adding a group
To create a group, enter the new group 'Name' in the 'Add Group' form in the 'Group Browser' (see 'Viewing groups' above) and click the 'Add Group' button.
Deleting a group
To delete a group, click the 'Delete' link for that group in the 'Group Browser' (see 'Viewing groups' above). The confirmation screen that follows explains that users will be removed from the group through its deletion. Be aware of the impact this may have on users in that group. For example, if that group membership was the sole conveyor of a permission for a user, then the user will no longer have that permission.
Editing group membership
To edit a group's membership, click the 'Edit Members' link in the row for that group in the 'Group Browser' (see 'Viewing groups' above). This takes you to a form allowing you to add users to or remove them from the group.
Automatic group membership
To automatically add newly-created users to a particular group, grant the group the 'JIRA Users' global permission.
To do this, navigate to the 'Administration' section and select 'Global Permissions' from the 'Global Settings' menu. Add the 'JIRA Users' permission to the relevant group, as described in 'Granting global permissions'.