Documentation for JIRA 4.2. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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This Installation Guide applies if you are installing JIRA for the first time. If you are upgrading JIRA, please refer to the Upgrade Guide.

Which 'Distribution' Should You Choose?

JIRA is available in two 'distributions':

Standalone distribution

WAR/EAR distribution

Pre-packaged with Tomcat application server

Deploys into an existing application server

Pre-packaged with HSQLDB database, but can be easily connected to any supported database

Connects to any supported database

Requires virtually no setup

Requires manual configuration

Recommended for all users

Suitable only for system administrators

The Standalone distribution is recommended, even for organisations with an existing application server environment. Please note however, that the HSQLDB database pre-packaged with the Standalone distribution is suitable for evaluation purposes only.

To install JIRA Standalone, follow the instructions for your operating system: