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

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JIRA data can be migrated between databases.

To do this:

  1. Create an export of your data as an XML backup. Please note, JIRA's XML backup utility does not back up attachments (if you have attachments enabled). You will need to back up your attachments separately.
  2. Configure your JIRA instance to use the new database, following the steps for your specific database — see Connecting JIRA to a Database for details. When restarted, you should see the JIRA setup screen, indicating a blank database.
  3. On the setup page, click Import your existing data and restore your data from the XML backup (NB: use the default directory for your index).
  4. Once installed, make sure the index, attachment and backup paths are correct. In particular, if you are running more than one JIRA instance on the same server, ensure that each instance uses different paths.