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.

Changing the Due Date Input Format

The Look and Feel page allows you to customize the way times and dates are presented to users throughout the JIRA user interface.

When specifying dates and times, they should be based on the Java SimpleDateFormat.

When you are not in edit mode on the 'Look and Feel' page, the examples in the rightmost column of the Date/Time Formats section show you how the various formats will appear in JIRA.

Relative time is used in date/time formats

Issue date/time fields show a relative instead of absolute date/time format (for example: "Yesterday" instead of "20 May 2013 12:00 PM"). You can still see the absolute date/time by hovering over the field.

(info) The date/time format reverts to absolute after a week.

If you want to switch off this format, set the jira.lf.date.relativize application property to 'false'. See Advanced JIRA Configuration and Disable relative dates in JIRA applications for more information.

Configuring date picker formats

JIRA system administrators can configure the format of date pickers used throughout the JIRA user interface via options on the Advanced Settings page.

(info) Be aware that these options are different from the Date/Time Formats configuration options on the Look and Feel page, which only customize JIRA's presentation of times and dates to users.

(warning) The date or date/time formats for date pickers are defined by a pair of properties (one for Java and the other for JavaScript). The two properties in this Java/JavaScript pair must match in order for the date (or date/time) picker they define to function correctly.

Here are some example US-based date configurations:

Preferred Date

Value of the jira.date.picker.java.format property

Value of the jira.date.picker.javascript.format property

2010-10-01 yyyy-MM-dd %Y-%m-%d ISO 8601 format









Oct 1, 2010

MMM d, yyyy

%b %e, %Y






Here are some examples of date/time configurations:

Preferred Date/Time

Value of the jira.date.time.picker.java.format property

Value of the jira.date.time.picker.javascript.format property

2010-10-15 08:50 yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm %Y-%m-%d %H:%M ISO 8601 format

15/Oct/10 8:50 AM

dd/MMM/yy h:mm a

%d/%b/%y %l:%M %p


10/15/10 08:50 AM

MM/dd/yy hh:mm a

%m/%d/%y %I:%M %p


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  1. User avatar

    Kevin Buchs

    This seems rather brief, doesn't it?  What are all the code letters (y,Y,M,m,d,e) and what do they mean?  I am guessing that the sequence of letters is specific also.  E.g. MM is a 2 digit month number.

    03 Nov 2010
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    Steve Currie

    I suspect that the javascript code letters are as described here: http://www.mattkruse.com/javascript/date/

    But it would be nice to have a more definitive reference pointed to right here.

    11 Nov 2010
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    The information on this page was sufficient.. However, this page took some digging http://confluence.atlassian.com/display/JIRA/Configuring+JIRA+Options

    I would have been nice to just have a quick tip to point users towards 'Administration' > 'System' > 'General Configuration' > 'Advanced' to locate the actual area where we can update the relevant values.

    08 Sep 2011
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    Just FYI, the value of the jira.date.time.picker.javascript.format property should be

    %m/%e/%y %I:%M %p

    to match  

    10/15/10 08:50 AM

    What is shown currently:

    %b/%e/%y %I:%M %p


    Oct/15/10 08:50 AM 

    18 May 2012
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