Documentation for JIRA 4.4. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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The robots.txt protocol is used to tell search engines (Google, MSN, etc) which parts of a website should not be crawled.

For JIRA instances where non-logged-in users are able to view issues, a robots.txt file is useful for preventing unnecessary crawling of the Issue Navigator views (and unnecessary load on your JIRA server).

(warning) The information on this page does not apply to JIRA OnDemand.

Editing robots.txt

JIRA (version 3.7 and later) installs the following robots.txt file at the root of the JIRA webapp:

Alternatively, if you already have a robots.txt file, simply edit it and add Disallow: /sr/ and Disallow: /si/.

Publishing robots.txt

The robots.txt file needs to be published at the root of your JIRA internet domain, e.g. jira.mycompany.com/robots.txt.

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If your JIRA instance is published at jira.mycompany.com/jira, change the contents of the file to Disallow: /jira/sr/ and Disallow: /jira/sr/. However, you still need to put robots.txt file in the root directory, i.e. jira.mycompany.com/robots.txt (not jira.mycompany.com/jira/robots.txt).