Jira Server and Data Center feature comparison

If you manage your own Jira Software or Jira Service Desk site (it's not hosted by Atlassian), you'll have either a Server or Data Center license. 

Your Jira license determines which features and infrastructure choices are available.  

Feature comparison

Here's a summary of what you get with each license.

We've indicated where a feature is only available in a particular Jira application (Jira Software or Jira Service Desk). 

Core featuresServer licenseData Center license
Create projects and issues
Create projects to track issues, bugs, stories, and more.

Create workflows
Customize the steps an issue moves through to suit your project or business. Learn more

Scrum and Kanban boards (Jira Software)
Use Scrum and Kanban boards to view, manage and report on work in progress in agile teams. Learn more

Mobile app (Jira Core and Jira Software)
Use the iOS or Android app for Server and Data Center. Learn more

Customer portal (Jira Service Desk)
Let customers submit requests via an easy-to-use portal. Learn more

Create Automation rules (Jira Service Desk)
Auto-approve, transition and close issues, or create your own custom rules. Learn more

Service Level Agreements (SLAs) (Jira Service Desk)
Keep your teams on track by setting response goals for requests. Learn more

User management

External user directories
Store users in Active Directory, Crowd, Jira or another LDAP directory. Learn more

Just-in-time provisioning

Just-in-time user provisioning (JIT provisioning) allows users to be created and updated automatically when they log in through SAML SSO or OpenID Connect (OIDC) SSO to Atlassian Data Center applications such as Jira, Confluence, or Bitbucket. Lean more

8.12 +

SAML single sign-on
Use a SAML identity provider for authentication and single-sign on. Learn more

7.3 +

High availability and performance at scale

Run Jira Software on multiple nodes for high availability. Learn more

Stale node configuration

You can configure how fast stale nodes in your cluster are moved offline. Learn more

8.11 +

Content Delivery Network (CDN) support
Improve geo-performance for distributed teams. Learn more

8.3 +

Infrastructure and control

Zero-downtime upgrades
Provide uninterrupted access for your users while you upgrade. Learn more


7.3 +

Archive projects and issues
Archive projects and issues once they're no longer needed. Learn more

7.10 + (Projects)

8.1 + (Issues)

Custom field optimizer

Scan and manage custom fields easily to optimize your Jira Software instance's performance. Learn more

7.12 +

Custom field indexing times

To manage your custom fields better, you can check which ones are taking longest to index. Learn more

8.10 +

Cluster monitoring

Monitor the status of each node in your cluster. Learn more


8.6 +

Rate limiting

Control how many external REST API requests users and automations can make and how often they can make them, making sure that your Jira instance remains stable. Learn more

8.6 +

Advanced auditing

Get more insight into what is happening in your Jira instance. Advanced auditing gives you the ability to track and log actions in your instance developing a security-relevant chronological record that can be exported and stored in third-party monitoring tools. Learn more

8.8 +

Deployment options

Your own hardware
Run Jira applications on your own physical servers, virtualized servers, or in the data center of your choice.

AWS Quick Start
Use our Cloud Formation Template to deploy Jira applications on AWS. Learn more

7.5 +

Azure template
Use our template to deploy Jira applications on Azure. Learn more

7.13 +

How do you decide what is included in each license?

We want all teams to get the most out of Jira Software and Jira Service Desk, so all the core features in each application are available for everyone, including creating projects and issues, determining workflows and permission schemes.  

Some features are developed specifically for customers with a Data Center license. These may be specific to the needs of larger enterprises, or may provide additional infrastructure or administrative options to help you when your Jira applications are essential to getting work done in your organization. 

Find out more about how we prioritize features for our Server and Data Center products in our blog.

Which license is right for your organization?

Considering switching? The following articles may help you decide if a Data Center license is right for your organization.

Last modified on Sep 22, 2020

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