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.

API Documentation

The JIRA API docs are available online. They are most useful for:

  • users writing Plugins, Listeners and Services
  • users with commercial licenses who wish to modify JIRA
  • partners embedding JIRA as a J2EE component

Where can I find the API documentation?

  • Information about each of the remote APIs (REST, XML-RPC, JSON-RPC) can be found here: JIRA Remote API Reference.
  • Please note, the API documentation is not available for download.

Learning more

If you haven't developed for JIRA before, read our Getting started guide to learn about the JIRA APIs, add-on frameworks, and more. After that, you can check out our other development resources.

Keeping track of JIRA changes

We provide regular updates for developer-related changes in every JIRA release. Check out the latest updates page to read about changes to the JIRA APIs, plugin points, component upgrades, and more. 

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    William Crighton [CCC]

    mayhaps it's just me, but I perceive a total and absolute absence of the actual API Doc Link!



    03 Jun 2013
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      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi William,

      Apologies that this page was out of date. I have updated it. The best place to look for the API docs is actually via https://developer.atlassian.com/static/ (in the JIRA section, you will find a link to the 6.0.1 API docs).

      Kind Regards,

      03 Jun 2013
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        VERY NICE! Thank you Andrew. That page is an exceptional improvement over plain old JAVA doc. I have a couple ideas I'll send you after taking a brief look but that's a nice resource!


        03 Jun 2013
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