JIRA 6.3 Release Notes
Accelerate your teams
JIRA 6.3 helps your teams work more effectively and efficiently
In JIRA 6.3, we've introduced several key concepts and features to ensure that this version of JIRA is the most robust and efficient yet. With JIRA Data Center, we have improved availability for mission critical instances. Our Github importer, inline version and component creation, and auditing options make JIRA easier to administer. And your teams will be more productive with features like inline issue creation and streamlined user interface.
We're still working on further JIRA integration with your favorite Atlassian coding tools, and further improvements to your team's visibility and control of their code is coming soon! Watch this page....
High availability now available with JIRA Data Center
We've built upon all the features that make JIRA great for your business at scale and created a new offering specifically for organizations that require high availability for mission critical JIRA instances. These features are enabled through the clustering capability in JIRA Data Center 6.3:
- High availability - Active-active clustering of JIRA means minimal downtime for your teams. In addition, replication of the index across each node means that you're safe from data loss due to corruption
- Scalability - It's easy to scale your JIRA environment as your business grows; simply add another node to maintain the performance required by your business
- Performance - You can use any form of load-balancing technology – hardware or software – to intelligently distribute load across your Data Center cluster
Create issues in the moment...
Sitting in a planning meeting and want to create an issue in the moment? Easy! With inline issue creation and JIRA Agile, you can now create an issue from within your Scrum board during planning. Simply click on the Create issue link, select the issue type and enter a brief summary, then hit the Enter button. The issue is created and automatically added to your backlog. It couldn't be simpler!
'On the fly' version and component creation
Project administrators can now add versions and components from within the Fix Version/s, Affected Version/s and Component/s fields. Previously, project administrators needed to add a version or component via the appropriate screen on the project's administration page. Now, project administrators are able to create a version or component by typing it in the appropriate field, and selecting it from the drop-down list. When you begin typing text that JIRA does not recognize as existing, it will add it to the bottom of the drop-down list and add (New Version) or (New Component). Selecting the new version or component will automatically create it within your project for future use.
Enhanced auditing capabilities
We first introduced the audit log in JIRA 6.1 late last year. In this release, we've added some new features to the audit log to make it more efficient and easier to use:
- When a role is removed (deleted) from JIRA, previously the audit log would log an event for every project that it was removed from. Now, the audit log will only log the event that the role has been removed from JIRA.
- We have given administrators the option to hide logged events from external user directories, such as LDAP and Crowd. These events are still recorded, just hidden from view, and are still available for export and through the REST API.
Increased data import options
The newly released GitHub importer allows you to connect to your GitHub account, regardless of whether it's a private or enterprise account, and import any public, private or starred repository configurations into JIRA. You can map the GitHub labels to issue types, to resolutions, or import them as JIRA labels. The import process supports importing attachments, and also provides you with a detailed log of your import so that you can troubleshoot any issues.
Of course, that's not all we've done in this release! We've been working hard to improve the user experience, and to make sure that whatever Atlassian product you use, you recognize that great Atlassian "feel".
Consistency across products - To further align JIRA with our other products, we've changed the Create issue button to simply Create and the Quick Search bar to Search.
Transition permission - JIRA now has a new Transition Issues project permission that gives administrators more control over what users can do in JIRA.
- HTML5 Attachment support - JIRA now supports image capture and attachment using HTML5 in supported browsers.
Updates to Admin screen - We've made some minor changes to the location of some of the JIRA administration features. The functionality of the features hasn't changed, but we believe their new location will make them more intuitive to find.Click here to see what features we've moved, and where to!
Feature Now located in Roles administration console System tab in a new "Security" section Global permissions administration console System tab in a new "Security" section Default user preferences administration console System tab in the "User interface" section Shared filters administration console System tab in a new "User-created assets" section Shared dashboards administration console System tab in a new "User-created assets" section
Atlassian will stop releasing WAR distribution of JIRA in JIRA 7.0. Please see End of Support Announcements for JIRA for a full list of end of support announcements.
The JIRA 6.3 team
Jeroen De Raedt
Chung Park Chan
Andre Quadros Petry
Tiago Kolling Comasseto
Kuala Lumpur Support
Anna Monica Cardino
Azwandi Mohd Aris
Joe Wai Tye
John Chin Kim Loong
Viet Dung Nguyen
Voon Kiat Gan
Yew Teck En
Zulfadli Noor Sazali
San Francisco Support
Bryan J. Rollins
Product Marketing Management
Head of Development
Chris Le Petit