Configuring an Announcement Banner

Administrators can configure an announcement banner to display pertinent information on all JIRA pages. The banner can be used to relate important information (e.g. scheduled server maintenance, approaching project deadlines, etc.) to all users. Further, the banner visibility level can be configured to display to all users or just logged-in users.

If you are using downloadable JIRA, the banner can be configured to contain HTML text. If you are using JIRA Cloud, you can only use wiki markup in the banner.

On this page:

(warning) Some functionality described on this page behaves differently in JIRA Cloud.

Configuring an Announcement Banner

  1. Log in as a user with the JIRA Administrators global permission.
  2. Choose > System. Select User Interface > Announcement Banner in the System panel below.
    (tick) Keyboard shortcut: g + g + start typing announcement banner
  3. Enter the required text in the Announcement field.
  4. Select the required Visibility Level for the banner.
  5. Click the Set Banner button.

Depending on the visibility level selected, the banner will become visible throughout JIRA.

Screenshot: Configuring the Announcement Banner


Banner Visibility Mode

The announcement banner visibility level can be configured to specify to whom the banner will be displayed. There are two modes:

  • Public — the banner is visible to everyone
  • Private — the banner is visible to logged-in users only

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22 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    greg elofson

    After clicking "Administration" from the main menu, no instance of the word "System" appears, as instructed above. 

    06 Apr 2012
  2. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Found the same problem. You actually need to go into

    Administration->Issues->User Interface->Announcement Banner

    Hope that helps.

    -Howard

     

    19 Apr 2012
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      That helped!  Thanks (smile)

      11 Jun 2012
      1. User avatar

        Giles Gaskell

        The instructions on this page (including the instructions on every other page in this documentation space) are specific to 'behind the firewall' versions of JIRA.

        "Administration->Issues->User Interface->Announcement Banner" is currently the way you access this feature in JIRA OnDemand.

        There are some UI differences between the 'behind the firewall' and OnDemand versions of JIRA - particularly in JIRA's administration areas. However, we are aiming to make the UI of these two JIRA versions more similar in future.

        12 Jun 2012
  3. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I am using JIRA on demand (5.0.3-rc1), and it does not say "You can set HTML text". Instead it says "You can set a banner that will display at the top of all pages in JIRA. This is useful for alerting users of upcoming system-wide changes." This is a problem, because it doesn't support HTML. It just suddenly surprised me today with a comment showing up on the screen <!-- ... --> where before there was nothing. Now I need to delete my banner, which someone of course left there commented out for some reason, assuming it would remain there.

    23 Apr 2012
  4. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I wish that the documentation for this was correct. Now you can actually not set HTML in the announcement banner anylonger. Only wiki-code. For us this is a regression.

     

    23 Apr 2012
    1. User avatar

      Giles Gaskell

      Hello there,

      The formatting functionality of the Announcement field changed in JIRA OnDemand last Monday, although we only mentioned this change on the What's New today, so apologies for the delay in this announcement.

      In JIRA OnDemand, we changed the formatting functionality of this field from HTML to wiki markup. Help on wiki markup formatting syntax is provided by clicking the question mark icon under the Announcement field.

      27 Apr 2012
      1. User avatar

        Anonymous

        Unfortunately, this makes it so that creating a rotating banner impossible. The Wiki markup is too limiting and only allows a single announcement. We actually often have several announcements and also tips we like to display for our users . It would be nice to be able to just write this ourselves, or provide us with the ability to have a rotating banner.

        01 Jun 2012
        1. User avatar

          Petra Hora

          If it is no longer possible to enter javascript into this field we loose one of our functionality:

          We use the announcement banner to show the last comment of a specific issue. So all users who have write-access to this ticket are able to modify the banner without beeing jira-administrator. This is used to disperse urgent information between our teams.

          So please dont prevent this in future versions!

          14 Jun 2012
          1. User avatar

            Vitaly Osipov [Atlassian]

            We are systematically cleaning up all fields in JIRA where it used to be possible to enter arbitrary javascript. This is considered a security vulnerability in environments, such as OnDemand, where System Administrator role is required to be separate from Administrator role. Administrator's ability to add arbitrary javascript to certain pages means they can execute XSS attacks against anyone, including higher privileged System Administrators.

            As far as I know, all OnDemand customers that would have been impacted by the change had been contacted way in advance and their views taken into consideration. No "site got broken overnight". The choice of wiki markup vs. simple HTML was influenced by a number of factors, including the idea that simpler input languages are easier to secure.

             

            23 Jul 2012
            1. User avatar

              Bob Swift

              As far as I know, I was not notified prior to it being broken (sad).

              23 Jul 2012
              1. User avatar

                Vitaly Osipov [Atlassian]

                Apologies for that, please talk to the product manager: JRA-27864 - JIRA OnDemand announcement banner Closed

                24 Jul 2012
  5. User avatar

    Anonymous

    Would much rather have HTML than wiki markup.  Apparently there were enough people that wanted wiki markup that you added it, but would it be possible to allow both (with an option to select)?

    07 Jun 2012
    1. User avatar

      Bob Swift

      An option for wiki is nice, but why an incompatible change? For OnDemand users, site gets broken overnight (sad). Can someone tell me how to center text using wiki? The Confluence center macro doesn't work in JIRA.

       

      20 Jul 2012
      1. User avatar

        Omar Shehab

        I have used  &nbsp;.

        24 Jun 2013
      1. User avatar

        Darryl Lee

        There is some irony that as Atlassian kills wiki markup in Confluence, markup makes a bizarre appearance in JIRA OnDemand.

        (Me? I was looking to see if there was a way to make a snazzy Announcement Banner that pops-up but gives you the option of checking a box to never see it again. Something like the annoying (or useful) banner full of "New Features in 4.3.7!" that Atlassian decided to put up in front of all of my now-unhappy-about-migrated-wiki-markup customers after we moved from 3.5.6 -> 4.3.7 this past weekend.)

        16 Aug 2013
  6. User avatar

    Anonymous

    i tried out a monspace test hack based on info in JRA-21452 and put in a <!-- to temporarily disable it, but this ended up hiding everything but the header and now i cant get back into the admin interface to fix it since its all invidible. heres what IE devtool shows:

    div class= "alertHeader" id="announcement-banner">
    Text - blabh blabh blah
    <!-- <style type="text/css"> body {font-family:Courier New; </style> (the first of hundreds of lines of what its hiding apparently)

    so its that comment-out entity: "<!–" that i put in that clobbered it. and i tried to add a closing "–>" in IE devtools to temporarily allow IE to show it but that doesnt work for soem reason, the "<!–" is 'before' the editabel content and unreachable and ui can find no other way of hackliing the css or anything to make it visible again.. maybe is there a file somehwere that needs to be edited to remove that '<!–" ?

    13 Oct 2012
    1. User avatar

      Anonymous

      actually in IE devtools, you have to close the 'edit'  function by toggling the 'Edit' button in the html inspector, teh changes you make in edit mode do not automatically commit by changing focus as they do in teh other modes. once you turn off the edit function it commits and you can remove the injected comment problem.

      13 Oct 2012
  7. User avatar

    Anonymous

    I've seen from this presentation http://www.slideshare.net/GoAtlassian/adm9 that is possible to add some html code to the banner that will display quick links to switch between users. Can you please inform which html can I use? Thanks!

    09 Jan 2013
  8. User avatar

    Omar Shehab

    I tried to use Wiki markups. It works. But I cannot center my announcement text alignment.

    24 Jun 2013
  9. User avatar

    Elif Guney

    Hi,

    is it posible to make annnouncmentbanner visible for a user group? how can it be made?

     

    Best Regards

     

     

    02 Oct 2014
  10. User avatar

    Sebastian Slutzky

    +1, it should be possible to add announcements per projects. Different projects have different deadlines, release schedules, etc.

    16 Jun 2015
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