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.

JIRA 6.0 Release Notes

21 May 2013

Meet the new JIRA

Modern. Fast. Mobile. Simple.

JIRA 6.0 is a completely new JIRA. The redesigned look and feel brings a whole new user experience to JIRA. It is modern and simple, clearing away the clutter so that you can get your work done faster.

This release also includes a new detail view for search results, faster issue viewing, a mobile interface for JIRA, workflow sharing, features to help you get started faster, enterprise improvements, and much more!

JIRA 6.0 Upgrade Notes


New JIRA look and feel

JIRA 6.0 introduces a modernised look and feel that follows the new Atlassian Design Guidelines.  This new user experience doesn't just look great, it also helps you get your work done faster. Information is easier to find and common tasks are simpler.

The new JIRA look and feel is consistent with other Atlassian applications, so users will find it easy to use JIRA with Confluence, Bitbucket, Stash and other Atlassian products.


New detail view and view issue improvements

JIRA is optimised to let you quickly navigate lists of issues and take action on those items that need your immediate attention. The new detail view lets you view an issue within the context of the filter it is a part of, showing you both at the same time. We have also streamlined the interaction with the View Issue screen and removed page loads to speed things up.

Learn more...

JIRA mobile

Take JIRA everywhere! You can now view mobile-optimised versions of JIRA pages on your iPhone or Android phone. Simply browse to your JIRA server's URL using your mobile browser to bring up the mobile interface for JIRA.

The JIRA mobile interface is designed for viewing and interacting with issues on the go — triage your tasks for the day on the train, assign an issue to someone during a meeting, mention them in a comment, and more.

Learn more...


Workflow sharing

The new Workflow Sharing feature lets you import a workflow directly from the Atlassian Marketplace, enabling you to use workflows that other people have published. You can also use this feature to move a workflow from staging to production in your own organisation or to share your own custom workflows.

Learn more...

Get started fast!

JIRA 6.0 continues the work that we began in JIRA 5.1 and 5.2 to get you started faster with JIRA. When you create a new project, you can now select from different types of projects including Scrum and Kanban. The new administration gadget provides a handy checklist of tasks to get JIRA set up quickly, as well as links to useful functions and documentation.

Enterprise scale


  • Editable usernames — The second most requested feature, as determined by customer votes, is here! JIRA Administrators can now edit any username in the JIRA Internal Directory. Learn more...
  • Global workflow schemes — Now you can edit an active workflow scheme on a project: a draft is created, and the migration is handled through the normal migration process. Learn more...
  • Translate custom fields — Customers whose users operate in different languages can now translate the names and descriptions of custom fields.
  • JIRA to JIRA issue copy (Marketplace Plugin) — For customers with more than one JIRA server, you can copy an issue from one project to another, even if the projects aren't on the same JIRA instance. Learn more...


Enterprise Resources are best practice guides for running Atlassian applications at high levels. Here are some of our more recent offerings:

Getting Started with JIRA Scale

And more!

There's plenty more JIRA 6.0 features below to get excited about, but we think that this one is pretty cool. The Auto look and feel feature was a 20% project by one of our JIRA developers, Graeme Smith. With a single click, you can automatically apply a color scheme to JIRA that matches your company logo. Check out the example below:

Click to view the other features and improvements in this release:

  Learn more...
  • Stable search — Now, when you search, your search results remain constant until you choose to refresh them. This provides you with a stable set of search results that you can work from when triaging issues.
  • Docking and undocking the filter panel You can now hide the filter panel to gain more screen real estate. Simply click Undock at the top right of the panel.
  • Bulk watch/unwatch feature — You can now start or stop watching multiple issues using the watch / stop watching bulk operation. Learn more...
  • Browse Project Summary — Starting a new project? You'll be greeted by a more informative screen when you next browse your empty project's summary.
  • New plugin points for the User Profile page — For the ecosystem developers, we have implemented new plugin points for the web panels in the User Profile page. Learn more...
  • Reports have moved — We have moved reports from the dropdown menu on the Browse Project > Summary tab to a panel on the same tab, making them more accessible .
  • Relative time used in date/time formats – Issue date/time fields show a relative instead of absolute date/time format (for example: Yesterday 12:00 PM instead of 20 May 2013 12:00 PM). You can still see the absolute date/time by hovering over the field.
  • Global autowatch configuration — We've implemented a new JIRA option that allows administrators to disable the autowatch feature (introduced in JIRA 5.0.3) for all users. To configure autowatch for all users, navigate to Administration > User Preferences (in Users section) > Default autowatch.
  • Maximum project name size and maximum project key size configuration — JIRA administrators will be able to set the maximum size for both the project name and project key in this release. Navigate to Administration > System > General Configuration and update Maximum project name size or Maximum project key size as desired.
  • Application Navigator with configurable links — JIRA administrators can now configure links that appear in a handy dropdown menu in the JIRA header. Learn more...
  • More direct access to JIRA Administration

  • Supported platforms — JIRA 6.0 supports Internet Explorer 10 and PostgreSQL 9.0. Learn more...

Special Thanks

Special thanks to our 3rd party developers that maintain open source plugins for OnDemand!  These folks keep the great open source plugins that are a part of JIRA OnDemand up to date with each release, making sure you continue to get great use from our most popular plugins.

The JIRA 6.0 team


Adam Jakubowski
Aleksander Mierzwicki
Andreas Knecht
Andrew Swan
Antoine Büsch
Anund McKague
Ben Wong
Brenden Bain
Chris Darroch
Chris Doble
Chris Fuller
Chris Mountford
Dariusz Kordonski
David Tang
Edward Zhang
Eric Dalgliesh
Filip Rogaczewski
Gilmore Davidson
Ian Grunert
Jaiden Ashmore
James Hatherly
James Hazelwood
James Winters
Jeroen De Raedt
Jimmy Kurniawan
Joanne Cranford
Jonathan Raoult
Jonathon Creenaune
Joshua Ali
Joshua Hansen
Justus Pendleton
Luis Miranda
Lukasz Wlodarczyk
Maciej Nowakowski
Mark Lassau
Markus Kramer
Martin Henderson
Martin Jopson
Martin Meinhold
Michael Elias
Michael Ruflin
Michael Tokar
Michal Orzechowski
Mike Sharp
Nick Menere
Nikolay Petrov
Oswaldo Hernandez
Pawel Niewiadomski
Robert Smart
Roman Tekhov
Scott Harwood
Sean Curtis
Sergio Cinos
Slawek Ginter
Trevor Campbell
Wojciech Seliga
Wojciech Urbanski

Matt Quail
Brad Baker


Sydney support
Michael Andreacchio
David Currie
Renjith Pillai
Christopher Shim

Amsterdam support
Ruchi Tandon
Alex Conde
Yilin Mo
Peter Koczan
John Inder
Theodore Tzidamis

Brazil support
Eric Kieling
Pedro Cora
Matheus Fernandes
Lucas Timm
Marcus Silveira
Pietro Schaff
Tiago Kolling Comasseto
Andre Quadros Petry

Kuala Lumpur support

Kumar Ramajillu
Voon Kiat Gan
Janet Albion
Richie Gee
Chung Park Chan
Ahmad Danial
Amanda Wei Sai Nan Wei
John Chin Kim Loong
Daryl Chuah
Daniel Leng
Joe Wai Tye
Immanuel Siagian
Vicky Kharisma
Ahmad Faisal
Yew Teck En
Zulfadli Noor Sazali
Ala Al-Shargabi

San Francisco support
Rick Bal
David Chan
Ivan Tse
John Garcia
Boris Berenberg
Pelle Kirkeby
Osman Afridi

Service Enablement
Chris LePetit


Product management
Bryan Rollins
Bartek Gatz
Carine Ma
Edwin Wong
Josh Devenny
Mairead O'Donovan
Roy Krishna 
Shihab Hamid
Tom Kotecki

Product marketing management
Christina Bang
Dan Chuparkoff
Dan Radigan

Program Manager
Simone Houghton 

Development manager
Paul Slade

Cross-product team

Ross Chaldecott
Becc Roach

Judd Garratt

Quality assistance  
Penny Wyatt
Geoffrey Wong
Kiran Shekhar
Panna Cherukuri
Veenu Bharara
Peter Obara

Technical writing  
Andrew Lui
Susan Griffin

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24 Archived comments

  1. User avatar

    Martin Dickey

    Are there any API updates?

    22 May 2013
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Martin,

      We have made API updates, including changes to JIRA's stable (Java) API. Please see Preparing for JIRA 6.0 for all of the developer-related changes for this release.

      Kind Regards,

      23 May 2013
      1. User avatar

        Martin Dickey

        Thanks, Andrew!  Just what I was looking for.

        23 May 2013
  2. User avatar

    Hans-Hermann Hunfeld

    What about cross-application searching? For ondemand it seems that there´s a plugin available...

    23 May 2013
  3. User avatar


    Congrats. Cant wait to get upgraded.

    24 May 2013
  4. User avatar


    Hey guys, do we have any SOAP URL or URL pattern change?

    We recently upgrade to 5.2.11 from 4.2.4 Lots of issues we faced but we finally succeeded to deal with it. So wanted to check if nothing changed from SOAP side.

    24 May 2013
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Amit,

      There shouldn't be any changes to the SOAP API for 6.0, however please be aware that the SOAP API is being deprecated in 6.0.

      This was announced previously on: https://developer.atlassian.com/display/JIRADEV/SOAP+and+XML-RPC+API+Deprecated+in+JIRA+6.0.  I have just added a link to that page to our developer notes for 6.0 as well.

      Kind Regards,

      27 May 2013
  5. User avatar


    Yes I am aware of it. Thanks for the info and reminder (smile)

    27 May 2013
  6. User avatar


    Hello, we're using JIRA release 4.3, how would you recommend to migrate to release 6.0, is it possible at all ?

    28 May 2013
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]


      You should be able to upgrade straight to 6.0. Please see our Upgrading JIRA guide.

      Kind Regards,

      28 May 2013
  7. User avatar

    Lisa Todesco

    What about cross-application searching? For ondemand it seems that there´s a plugin available...

    29 May 2013
  8. User avatar


    Have there been any 508 compliance improvements?

    04 Jun 2013
    1. User avatar

      Roy Krishna [Atlassian]

      Unfortunately not in this release. 

      05 Jun 2013
  9. User avatar

    Stephanie Hawkins


    What about logging of Administrative tasks?  Does 6.0 include the ability to track and/or review those tasks?

    05 Jun 2013
  10. User avatar


    Any chance JIRA 6 now supports AD groups for permissions?


    Jonas Andersson, NL

    02 Jul 2013
    1. User avatar

      Martijn Heemels

      It already does, although you'll need to install the Atlassian Crowd application, which is single sign-on for Atlassian apps. Crowd connects to AD and JIRA connects to Crowd. It costs $10,- for 50 users. Works very well. We've been using it for years with no issues.

      05 Jul 2013
  11. User avatar


    Hello there, does JIRA 6.0 allow groups, as far as being able to assign a call to a group rather than an individual. Also is there a way to create a sub task of a sub task?




    Love the product.

    02 Jul 2013
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    i would like to get a bit of guidance as far as how to force a certain format in a *required field.

    ie: cost code 0000-0000000000-0000

    setting a required field is fine, but the user can type anything really and the system accepts it.


    please and thank-you

    02 Jul 2013
  13. User avatar

    Ehsan Foroughi

    Is there any documentation around the formatting change between JIRA 5.x and JIRA 6.0?

    We have a script that creates nicely formatted tickets in JIRA 5, but with JIRA 6, it seels that the format specifications of the description has changed and it doesn't render properly.


    23 Jul 2013
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]

      Hi Ehsan,

      The https://developer.atlassian.com/display/JIRADEV/Preparing+for+JIRA+6.0 page lists the developer-related changes that we made in JIRA 6.0. If that doesn't help, please raise a support request at https://support.atlassian.com

      Kind Regards,

      24 Jul 2013
  14. User avatar


    Hi Want to Know, JIRA bug tracking is free or Paid version.

    06 Aug 2013
    1. User avatar

      Andrew Lui [Atlassian Technical Writer]


      JIRA pricing information can be found here: https://www.atlassian.com/software/jira/pricing

      Kind Regards,

      06 Aug 2013
  15. User avatar


    Started using JIRA in February and love the tool with the exception of the tons of emails it generates (same feeling shared by most of my colleagues). Is there a version that includes an option to better manage email distribution?  i.e: If I am only editing a typo, or adding a note and do not wish to emails to everyone on the watch list?  Or Choose to email only the "designer".


    08 Aug 2013
  16. User avatar

    Amit Girme

    You need to edit your notification scheme accordingly.

    Configuring Email

    Creating a Notification Scheme

    20 Aug 2013
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