JIRA is now available as three separate applications, JIRA Software, JIRA Service Desk, and JIRA Core. For more information on administering these applications, refer to the Administering JIRA Applications documentation.

Adding the Activity Stream Gadget

The Activity Stream gadget displays a summary of recent activity in particular projects (and/or by particular people) in which you are interested. This can include:

  • Issues in your local JIRA Server system.
  • Issues in another JIRA Server system, provided your administrator has configured a two-way Application Link ().
  • Activity from another Atlassian application, such as:
    • document updates (from Confluence)
    • code commits (from FishEye)
    • code reviews (from Crucible)
    • builds (from Bamboo)
      (info) Note that this requires your administrator to configure a two-way Application Link, unless you are using Atlassian OnDemand.
  • Activity from remote applications. Your administrator will need to set this up via the REST API or the provider plugin API, or locally via Java ().

The Activity Stream gadget also provides an RSS feed, allowing you to create very specific RSS feeds of only the information that is most relevant to you. Simply add the Activity Stream gadget to your dashboard, specify the people/projects of interest (see instructions below), then click the RSS icon:

What does it look like?

The Activity Stream gadget should appear as follows on the dashboard:

Adding the 'Activity Stream' gadget to your Dashboard

  1. Go to your JIRA dashboard and click Add Gadget.
  2. The Gadget Directory will appear. Locate the Activity Stream gadget and click the Add it Now button. Then click the Finished button at the bottom of the Gadget Directory.
  3. The Activity Stream gadget will appear on your dashboard as follows, ready for you to configure:
  4. Title  — type a heading for this gadget.
  5. Apply filters  — by default, the gadget will display all activity for all projects. If you wish to refine this, select the Apply filterscheck-box, then select the '+' signs to filter the activity by:
    • Project
    • JIRA Issue Key
    • Update Date
    • Username — the user(s) whose activity you wish to monitor. You can specify multiple usernames delimited by spaces, e.g. "jsmith tjones dbrown".
  6. Available Streams — select the applications whose activity you wish to monitor. This can include Atlassian applications (e.g. JIRA, Confluence) as well as remote applications.
  7. Limit to _ items  — type the number of activities that you want the gadget to display.
  8. Automatically refresh this activity stream — select this check-box if you want the gadget to update the displayed activity (never / every 15 minutes / every 30 minutes / every hour / every two hours).

To move the gadget to a different position on the dashboard, simply drag-and-drop. You can also change the look and behavior of the gadget.

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  1. User avatar

    Bridget Maloney

    Does anyone know where I can go in the files to make updates to the Activity Stream?

    I am looking to hide work logged & estimate field changes. I have it working like that on a couple of other pages (including the email change logs) and I found the WEB-INF\classes\templates\plugins\jira\projectpanels\fragments\summary\activitystream.vm file. But this calls a variable called $gadgetHtml and I don't know where I can access that.


    17 Nov 2010
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      Hi Bridget,

      I've found a way to hide "Activity Stream" from certaim user. If you put this code before first line "#if(!$authcontext.user.inGroup('my-gruop'))" and close the sentence "if". The result is: You don't view "Activity Stream" for member gruop "my-group".

      I hope that this answer solve your problem.

      10 Nov 2011
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    kefi mohamed

    When i integrate this gadget, in an external website, i can not connect to confidential project. i can see juste , what any one can see without login. so, how can i resolve this ?

    18 Apr 2011
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    It would be cool to be able to define a filter for this gadget. For example, my current need is to have the activity on all the issues that are "assigned to me"

    23 May 2011
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      22 Nov 2011
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      I would like to use the Activity gadget to view all of my activity. So being able to use currentUser() in the username field would be ideal.

      16 Feb 2012
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        It would also be nice to restrict by date/time instead of number of entries. i.e. show all my activity in the last 24 hours. That would be ideal for reminding me for our daily Scrums.

        16 Feb 2012
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          23 Apr 2012
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          I'd like to get a list of all my activity for the past week.

          26 Jun 2013
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            +1 to both currentUser and Date/Time restriction

            19 Jul 2013
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        Robert Bird

        Someone has raised this here:  STRM-12 - Activity stream gadget should accept currentUser parameter Backlog  so please vote if you would also like to see support for currentUser()

        15 Apr 2014
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          Édouard Mercier

          +1 since I cannot log to JIRA to vote for the ticket!

          25 Apr 2015
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        Valerie Houseman


        31 Jul 2014
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      I agree.  It seems bizarre that this gadget cannot use my filters.

      16 May 2012
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    Is it possible to upgrade only the Activity Stream Gadget? We do have an active license, but we don't want to upgrade the whole Jira..

    25 Aug 2011
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    Is it possible to add only on a dashboard the activity stream gadget of a component of a project and not of a full project? Thanks.

    27 Sep 2011
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      +1.  i really want to filter the stream to issues of a particular component

      09 Apr 2012
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        +1. I would really like to see the activity stream filtered by component.

        09 Oct 2013
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    How can I filter out activity stream to get only updates that concerns me (issues I'm assigned on + issues I reported + issues that I commented on + issues I watch).

    So only those I'm involved in any way.

    From what I see currently you can filter per project (and you get more info that you want), per person ( and you get only changes done by that person, not including the issues assigned to the person), etc.

    17 Oct 2011
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      +1 This is really important!

      13 Apr 2012
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      06 Nov 2012
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    I would like the converse:  I'd like to see only those entries / updates I did NOT create.  I'd like to keep an eye on what's happening...but already know what I've contributed.  Something like "username IS NOT currentUser()".

    29 Nov 2011
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    Does anyone know why doesn't shows any log if one issue is created?

    Just shows if it's edited or commented.

    22 Mar 2012
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    Burke Mamlin

    I would love to be able to track (via RSS) activity on a sprint; however, our sprint tickets are usually defined by a milestone or – more commonly – a label.  Maybe we could get filter by label ± filter by milestone in a future version of this gadget?

    13 Apr 2012
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    Brad Beaver

    JIRA 5

    I am missing "Available Streams".  I want to exclude FishEye from our global Activity Stream.

    Anyone else missing "Available Streams"?

    25 Apr 2012
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      Maciej Zabielski

      Hi, I have the same problem... We only have Filters and Display Options like its a totally diferent Activity Stream Plugin.

      Bamboo flooding our activity stream is killing me. Right now i;m trying to get that solved with JIRA support but no luck so far...

      17 Aug 2012
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    Dennis Guse

    because of some obvious reason the activity stream in our users profile always shows the message "No activity was found" , using the gadget at the dashboard shows al activitys. But if I use there a filter to show only my activitys for example it also throws "no activity was found" .. without the filter hooked up I am able to see my activitys. Anyone has a clue ?

    04 May 2012
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      Chris Johnson

      This does not work in JIRA 5 due to a known bug, reported here:   JRA-28080 - Activity Stream Filter by Username and Activity Stream in User's Profile not working Verified   Please vote this issue up to get it fixed.

      16 May 2012
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    We are also having the issue where "available streams" is missing on Jira 5.0.3.  In our case we want to hide bamboo from our activity steam.


    If someone knows how to do this, could you please leave comment to let us know how to fix it.

    08 May 2012
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    When i try to Vote or Watch from the 'Vote' or 'Watch' inline link available inthe activity stream gadget, i get the Error displayed as "An unknown error occurred while adding you as a watcher." Similar error with Vote.

    The User has permission to vote and watch.

    The Global settings to Vote and Watch is set ON.

    The user can Vote or Watch through the links available inthe 'View Issue' page.

    JIRA version = JIRA 4.4.5

    Please help me to solve the error.

    Or atleast let me know how can i hide the Vote and Watch links inthe Activity Stream gadget.

    22 Jun 2012
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    There's an error that kept occurring whenever we update to a newer version (from 4.4 to 5.1.2) in the Activity Stream on the dashboard. 

    The error: "An error occurred while trying to retrieve recent activity."

    This occurred although nothing changed in the settings of the new version. We have JIRA & Confluence installed & the applications are connected together for authentication.

    I finally figured out a way to fix it & retrieve the recent activity, & I'd like to share it in case someone else has the same problem (because I searched & there was no solution posted anywhere) (big grin)

    • Click "Edit" to edit the settings of the gadget.
    • In the "Available Streams" section, un-check every thing other than JIRA (only JIRA should be checked)
    • Save the settings

    Voila (smile), the activity stream will instantly appear & problem solved.

    I know this is not how Atlassian intended for it, I mean they obviously made the Available Streams so that you can get updates from all Atlassian applications installed but there's something wrong with this new feature so this is a workaround to get the default JIRA activity stream until they fix it later.

    22 Aug 2012
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    I'd really like to have the ability to create a generalized dashboard with an Activity Stream that shows the activities for the current user.   Based on earlier comments and my experimentation this is not the case.   Please add it ASAP.  The alternative is to have every user copy a dashboard and modify it, this this requires training and stunts development of new dashboards.

    14 Nov 2012
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    Fully half of the comments here are requesting the use of filters with the feed.  Does anyone think that Atlassian is listening?

    30 Nov 2012
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    I am trying to find a way to display individual recent activity when mouseover on that particular image. but I can't find a way ...  Is there an API to retrieve Facebook individual recent activity when mouseover on individual image? ... How to write FQL to fetch individual recent activity?

    27 Dec 2012
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    Tom Corcoran

    Can an extra field be added to allow tracking activity retricted to a sprint within a project? We have a project with 6 teams working off the one backlog which makes the gadget not usable. Each team creates their own sprint, so to make this gadget more usable with the current GreenHopper, it would make sense to add the ability to filter the activity stream by sprint. By ID as @Burke Mamlin above suggests would work as well.

    23 Apr 2013
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    Just wondering where the Activity stream stores its data? it does not seem to be using the jiraissue or worklog table as a reference.

    19 May 2013
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    Shari Barchus

    How does the Confluence stream know which content to display (from a Space)?  For instance, I have a JIRA Activity stream on a JIRA dashboard where my filter is set to display data from my DEVTEAM Project.  When I select check-boxes that I also would like to see activity from Bonfire, I know that Bonfire can determine what project this is related to, as it is a JIRA add-on.  The Confluence stream, however, does not ask me what Confluence space name or space key I want to stream for.  In this case, I would like to stream Confluence activity for the space that is the companion to my DEVTEAM project.  Please advise how to do this.  Thanks !

    10 Jul 2013
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    Rachel Robins [Atlassian Tech Writer]

    Vote, watch and comment on JIRA issues in the activity stream is not currently available. See  JRA-29238 - Activity Stream actions don't appear Resolved .

    23 Aug 2013
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    +1 for being able to apply a filter to an activity stream (specifically would like to filter by components)

    04 Feb 2014
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    Jan Cornelissen


    is it possible to show the title in the blue header bar? Next to Activity stream : 'titel'

    That way you can see the title when collapsed

    24 Sep 2014
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    Carolyn Brunner

    +1 for Activity Stream filters. Would really like to be able to filter at the Version Level of a project.

    22 Oct 2014
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